A recipient of the Ian Rosenblatt Bursary at the Wexford Festival in Ireland and top prizewinner at the Montreal International Music Competition, baritone Peter Barrett is one of Canada’s most important and acclaimed artists on the opera and concert stage. In the current season, Barrett will cover Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette and Morales in Carmen at the Met, and he will sing Wolseley in Louis Riel at the Canadian Opera Company, Mozart’s Requiem with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, and Emile De Becque in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific with the Calgary Opera.
Barrett recently joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera, where he made his debut in the role of Malatesta in Don Pasquale opposite Anna Netrebko and covered the role of Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus. He also returned to the Canadian Opera Company as Morales in Carmen. An alumnus of the Ensemble Studio of the Canadian Opera Company, Barrett has appeared with the COC in many roles, including Dr. Falke, Marcello in La boheme, Denisov/Rayevsky in War and Peace, Ned Keene in Peter Grimes, the Mandarin in Turandot, Marullo in Rigoletto, Dancaïro in Carmen, Ping in Turandot, Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos, and in Janacek’s From the House of the Dead. He has also appeared throughout the country with Vancouver Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa and Opera Hamilton, among others.
Other performances from previous seasons include Marcello in La bohème for the Minnesota Opera, Newfoundland Symphony and Opera Hamilton, Rodrigo in Don Carlos and Dancairo in Carmen for the Vancouver Opera, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Lyra Ottawa, the King in Conrad Susa’s Transformations for the Wexford Festival, and The Nightingale and Other Short Fables at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. As a concert artist, Barrett has also been heard in Handel’s Messiah with the Newfoundland Symphony, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Hamilton’s Bach Elgar Choir, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Bach Elgar Choir, and Carmina Burana with the Regina Philharmonic, Windsor Symphony, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and Ottawa Choral Society. He also appeared in concerts in London and Toronto with the Associates of the Royal Conservatory, focused on the music of German and Austrian émigré composers in England during the Second World War, and made a special guest appearance as a soloist in the ‘Luminato’ gala concert at Roy Thomson Hall.
Peter Barrett studied at Hartwick College in the United States, attended Tanglewood’s Music Institute and graduated from the Glenn Gould Professional School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where he studied under Roxolana Roslak and Peter Tiefenbach. Further credits include the “Galaxy Rising Star” prize for most promising young artist at the 32nd Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s National Competition for Young Performers.