Hailed as a “singer to watch” (Musical Toronto), Canadian baritone Clarence Frazer is earning praise for having a “silvery baritone that retains its silky texture through his entire range” (London Free Press) who “possesses a powerful, robust voice” (Paula Citron). His “brilliant and stalwart singing” (Calgary Herald) earned him praise in The Banff Centre’s production of Crush – “Mr. Frazer’s acting was excellent, his singing melodious, rhetorically balanced and beautiful” (Calgary Herald).
In 2016, Mr. Frazer made his debut with Pacific Opera Victoria as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and with Canadian Stage/Soundstreams Canada as Jean in the North American Premiere of Philippe Boesmans’ opera Julie.
Mr. Frazer is an alumnus of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artists Program and Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, where he made his mainstage role debut in 2015 as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia. As Figaro Mr. Frazer was “very polished,” “made for the part” (John Gilks, Opera Ramblings). Other COC credits include Schaunard in La Bohème, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly.
In 2016, Clarence starred in Saskatoon Opera’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. Clarence has also sung Marcello in La Bohème, Publio in La clemenza di Tito; Prince Yamadori and Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly, Ford in Falstaff, Daggoo in Moby-Dick, Escamillo in Carmen, Dandini in La Cenerentola, and Sid in Albert Herring.
In 2017, Clarence sang the role of James Isbister in the Canadian Opera Company’s acclaimed production of Louis Riel, with further performances at National Arts Centre and L’Opera de Quebec. Highlights for the current season include two guest appearances with Windsor Symphony, Messiah and Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro (concert version) in 2018.
On the concert stage Mr. Frazer performed Wagner’s Wesendonck at The Banff Centre with The Banff Centre Chamber Orchestra and Maestro Christopher Mokrzewski; Christus in Bach’s St. John Passion with the Metropolitan United Church Festival Choir and Orchestra as well as Mozart’s Requiem; Beethoven’s Mass in C; Orff’s Carmina Burana and Mozart’s Coronation Mass.
In addition to his opera and concert work Mr. Frazer won the inaugural Lois Marshall Voice Competition and was a finalist in Palm Beach Opera’s International Voice Competition and the International Vocal Competition held in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.