Michael Barrett

Tenor

 

Michael Barrett

Tenor

Canadian Citizen

Born in Newfoundland, tenor Michael Barrett is a former member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. His roles with the company include Third Jew in SALOME and the First Commissary in DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES, the Witch in their 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 appeared 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 roles 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.

Recent and current projects include the title role in the World Premiere of ISIS AND OSIRIS for VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert, Eisenstein in DIE FLEDERMAUS for Opera 5, Mozart’s REQUIEM for the Newfoundland Symphony, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for Symphony Nova Scotia and the Kindred Spirits Orchestra, OPERETTTS!for the Toronto Operetta Theatre and Howard Boucher in DEAD MAN WALKING for the Vancouver Opera.                                                            

December 2017

 

Opera

 

Beckwith Seth Harple TAPTOO!
Bizet Remendado CARMEN
Britten Gondolier
Snout
Male Chorus
Peter Quint
DEATH IN VENICE
MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
RAPE OF LUCRECTIA
TURN OF THE SCREW
Donizetti Nemorino L’ELISIR D’AMORE
Dvořák Gamekeeper RUSALKA
Handel Jupiter SEMELE
Gazzaniga Don Ottavio DON GIOVANNI
Massenet Prince Charmant CENDRILLON
Mozart Monostatos
Ferrando
High Priest
Don Basilio
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
IDOMENEO
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
Offenbach Spalanzani LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN
Poulenc Priest DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES
Prokofiev Lieutenant Bonnet WAR AND PEACE
Puccini Rodolfo
Gherardo
LA BOHÈME
GIANNI SCHICCHI
Ruders Luc THE HANDMAID’S TALE
Sondheim Beadle SWEENEY TODD
Strauss, J. Eisenstein DIE FLEDERMAUS
Stravinsky Fox RENARD
Verdi Dr. Caius FALSTAFF

 

Concert/Oratorio

 

Bach Matthäus Passion
Handel Messiah
Mendelssohn Elijah
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

 

NEWS

“HANSEL & GRETEL” WITH SUDBURY SYMPHONY
Tenor MICHAEL BARRETT joins the Sudbury Symphony in the role of The Witch in E. Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel. Performance is 2:30pm on Saturday November 25 at Glad Tidings Church, Regent Street, Sudbury. 

BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONY NO.9 WITH KINDRED SPIRITS ORCHESTRA                                                                                       
Tenor, Michael Barrett performs in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra, on Saturday October 21 at the Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts. http://www.ksorchestra.ca