J. Patrick Raftery

Tenor

 

J. Patrick Raftery

Tenor

 

Patrick Raftery‘s debut was in 1979 when he sang Schaunard in La Boheme sharing the stage with Luciano Pavarotti. After his years at The Boston Conservatory and The Juilliard School of Music, Mr. Raftery was taken up by The Richard Tucker Music Foundation and C.A.M.I. artists when his career soared and took him to all the major opera houses of the world in less than a decade culminating in his debut at the Metropolitan Opera with Mirella Freni in Manon Lescaut

In August 1992, Mr. Raftery gave his first performances as a tenor, at New York’s Avery Fischer Hall in concert performances of Lucio Silla. The 1992/93 season included Erik in Der fliegende Holländer, Florestan in Fidelio and Max in Jonny Spielt auf, all with the Opera of Leipzig. Immediately, the same company invited him to participate in their 300 year anniversary celebration by singing Grigori/Dimitri in the acclaimed production of Boris Godunov by Oscar winning director Istvan Szabo.  Mr. Raftery’s debut at La Scala came in the 1993/94 season’s opening production of Spontini’s La Vestale conducted by Riccardo Muti and recorded live for Sony Classical. That same season Mr. Raftery debuted in quick succession the roles of Parsifal, Samson and Siegmund. The latter in the Frankfurt Opera’s critically acclaimed Ring Cycle of Herbert Werneke conducted by Sylvain Cambreling. 

Mr. Raftery participated in The Royal Opera House at Covent Garden’s world premier of Alexander Goehr’s opera Arianna, Siegmund in Seattle’s Ring, Erik in a new Der fliegende Holländer for the Canadian Opera Company (Toronto), Andrei Kovanski in Kovanschina for the Hamburg State Opera and the world premier of Salammbo for the Paris Opera. Mr. Raftery has been Tristan for the Operas of Meiningen, Nancy and The Croatian National Theater of Zagreb. The 2004/2005 season included Mr. Raftery’s role debut as Otello for Syracuse Opera and he filmed the role of Siegmund for a DVD of Wagner’s Ring for the opera of Liege. 

Stage appearances in the recent past have included a revival of Otello for the Opera of Budapest, Sergei (Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk), Siegmund for Oper Wiesbaden, Monsieur Taupe in Capriccio for Pacific Opera Victoria and Eisenstein for a new production of Die Fledermaus in Toulouse. As a concert artist, Mr. Raftery has been in Barcelona, Palma de Majorca, Granada for Haydn’s Creation and Handel’s Messiah and Regina for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Previously a member of the Voice Faculty at the University of Toronto and now Associate Professor on the Music Faculty at the University of British Columbia, he has still found time for a return to the Opera of Monte Carlo as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, and to Pacific Opera Victoria as William Marshall in Blitzstein’s Regina and the Major Domo in Ariadne auf Naxos. This season, Mr. Raftery looks forward to Vanderdendur and Gouverneur in Candide with the Regina Symphony and Father Grenville in Vancouver Opera’s production of Dead Man Walking.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        February 2017                                         

Opera

Berg Hauptmann WOZZECK
Bernstein Pangloss/Governor CANDIDE
Britten Mayor ALBERT HERRING
  Captain Vere
Gustav von Aschenbach
BILLY BUDD
DEATH IN VENICE
  Reverend Horace Adams PETER GRIMES
Heggie Father Grenville DEAD MAN WALKING
Janáček Tichon
Filka Morosov
Count Hauk Sendorf
KATYA KABANOVA
FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD
MAKROPOULOS CASE
Mozart Silla
Idomeneo/Arbace
LUCIO SILLA
IDOMENEO
Mussorgsky Shuysky BORIS GODUNOV
Rorem Stage Manager OUR TOWN
Shostakovich Zinoviy LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK
Strauss, R. Herod
Aegisth
SALOME
ELEKTRA
Wagner Loge DAS RHEINGOLD

Concert/Oratorio

Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Missa Solemnis
Berlioz Requiem
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
War Requiem
Chausson Poème de l’Amour et de la Mer
Handel Messiah
Samson
Haydn Creation
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Symphony No. 8
Schmidt Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln
Schönberg Gurrelieder

NEWS
VANCOUVER OPERA

deadman

J. Patrick Raftery sings Father Grenville 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 Michael Barrett as Howard Boucher. Performances run April 29, May 2, 5, and 7.

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