American baritone Norman Garrett, whose performances have been called “scene stealing” by the New York Times,is enjoying a varied and exciting career. Role and house debuts abound in the 2018⁄19 season include Ríolobo in Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas at Houston Grand Opera, a return to Washington National Opera as Lieutenant Gordon in Silent Night, a debutat the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich as Larkens in La Fanciulla del West, Jochanaan in Salome with Dayton Opera, and Crown in Porgy and Bess with Fort Worth Opera. High profile concert appearances include Carmina Burana with Bramwell Tovey and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl as well as at the Toronto Symphony with Donald Runnicles.
In recent past seasons, Norman Garrett has appeared numerous times with Washington National Opera, where he was a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist. Performances there include Ríolobo, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Masetto in Don Giovanni, the Father in Hansel and Gretel, a Steersman in Tristan und Isolde, Captain Gardiner in Jake Heggie’s Moby Dick, and the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori’s The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me. Other operatic appearances include his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Jake in Porgy and Bess, the title role in Delius’ rarely heard Koanga with Wexford Festival in Ireland, Escamillo in Carmen with both Austin Opera and Opera Columbus, Crown with Glimmerglass Festival and University of Michigan, Minksman in Jonathan Dove’s Flight at Des Moines Metro Opera, and Mandarino in Turandot with Cincinnati Opera.
Symphonically, Norman Garrett has made many important appearances, including his debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra in a Gershwin program conducted by Cristian Măcelaru, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl as the Marchese in La Traviata, a concert of American music with The Cleveland Orchestra, the National Philharmonic at the Music Center at Strathmore in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the Lubbock Symphony as Escamillo in concert, as well as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Rogue Valley Symphony in Ashland, Oregon.
Mr. Garrett is a former winner of the George London Foundation Competition, and has received top prizes in more than a dozen international vocal competitions, including the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation, the Jensen Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation, Fort Worth Opera’s McCammon Competition, and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Competition. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Texas Tech University and the Academy of Vocal Arts, where he was a resident artist.