A recipient of the Ian Rosenblatt Bursary at the Wexford Festival in Ireland and a 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. Recent and upcoming engagements include Valentin in Faust for the Vancouver Opera and his return to the Metropolitan Opera as cover artist for Dandini in La Cenerentola and Lord Cecil in Maria Stuarda.
Peter’s 2021-2022 season includes appearances at the Canadian Opera Company in their digital production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, a return to Edmonton Opera for Marcello in their production of La bohème, and the premiere of R.U.R. Torrent of Light with Tapestry Opera.
In past seasons, Barrett covered Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette and Morales in Carmen at the Met, sang 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.
The Newfoundlander made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Malatesta in Don Pasquale opposite Anna Netrebko and subsequently covered the role of Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus. An alumnus of the Ensemble Studio of the Canadian Opera Company, Barrett has appeared with the COC in many roles, including Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Marcello in La bohème, Denisov/Rayevsky in War and Peace, Ned Keene in Peter Grimes, the Mandarin and Ping in Turandot, Marullo in Rigoletto, Dancaïro and Morales in Carmen, 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 among others.
Other performances from previous seasons include Marcello in La bohème for the Minnesota Opera, Rodrigo in Don Carlos and Dancaïro 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’ 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.