Born in Newfoundland, tenor Michael Barrett is a former member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. Performing regularly now for the COC, his engagements there include Third Jew in SALOME and the First Commissary in DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES, the Witch in the Canadian Opera Company’s touring production of HANSEL AND GRETEL, Monostatos in DIE ZAUBERFLOTE, High Priest of Neptune in IDOMENEO, El Remendado in CARMEN, Lieutenant Bonnet and Aide de Camp to General Compans in WAR AND PEACE, First Prisoner in FIDELIO, the Gamekeeper in RUSALKA, Captain of Archers in SIMON BOCCANEGRA, Parpignol in LA BOHEME, Snout in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and Ferrando in the Ensemble Studio production of COSI FAN TUTTE. He was in the world premier of TAPTOO! for Toronto Operetta Theatre, MESSIAH with the Newfoundland Symphony and at the University of Toronto Opera School he performed many roles including Nemorino in L’ELISIR D’AMORE, Male Chorus in RAPE OF LUCRETIA and Eisenstein in DIE FLEDERMAUS. Michael regularly appears with the Aldeburgh Connection, where he performed in OUR STORY for the 25th Anniversary celebrations.
Further assignments include Spalanzani in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN for the COC and Quint in TURN OF THE SCREW for Against the Grain Theatre. He reprised the rolse of Spalanzani and Nathanael in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN for Edmonton Opera and later he returned as the Third Jew. Mr. Barrett recently sang Monostatos in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE for Vancouver Opera and Saskatoon Opera, Basilio and Curzio in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO for Pacific Opera Victoria, Ottavio in DON GIOVANNI for Opera Nova Scotia reprised his Monostatos, this time for in Edmonton Opera’s DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE. He was most recently heard for the Vancouver Opera as the Beadle in SWEENEY TODD.
In addition to the title role in ISIS AND OSIRIS for VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert, he looks forward to Eisenstein in DIE FLEDERMAUS for Opera 5 and the Mozart REQUIEM for the Newfoundland Symphony.
|DEATH IN VENICE
MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
RAPE OF LUCRECTIA
TURN OF THE SCREW
|Gazzaniga||Don Ottavio||DON GIOVANNI|
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
|Offenbach||Spalanzani||LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN|
|Poulenc||Priest||DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES|
|Prokofiev||Lieutenant Bonnet||WAR AND PEACE|
|Ruders||Luc||THE HANDMAID’S TALE|
|Strauss, J.||Eisenstein||DIE FLEDERMAUS|
|Puccini||Messa di Gloria|
“ Michael Barrett was Osiris. Quick to exploit the latent dramatic potential in a scene, the fine hard-working principal more than embodied the innocence and idealism of the trusting king. Unleashing his soaring, expansive tenor, Barrett seemingly breathed his pharaoh. A committed, whole-hearted performance, unclouded by even a wisp of artifice.”
Opera going Toronto, Ian Ritchie
“Michael Barrett (Osiris) joined the cast just a couple of weeks ago; his voice has developed impressive heft and he tore into the role with a multi-layered portrayal. Osiris is the work’s good guy but he displays a fierceness equal to his brother’s.”
Concertonet, Michael Johnson
“Former Ensemble tenor Michael Barrett was a very effective and well sung Monostatos, for once not made up into a black villain.”
La Scene Musicale, Joseph So
“… Michael Barrett’s Monostatos played up the laughs as the glowering comic villain.”
NOW Magazine, Jon Kaplan and Glenn Sumi
Prologue from Rape of Lucretia by Britten
Michael Barrett sings Howard Boucher in Vancouver Opera’s production of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. The cast includes Daniel Okulitch, as Joseph De Rocher, Thomas Goerz, as Owen Hart, and J. Patrick Raftery as Father Grenville. Performances run April 29, May 2, 5, and 7.