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 Hänsel and Gretel, Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, 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 bohème, Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ferrando in the Ensemble Studio production of Così 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. In addition, he reprised the roles of Spalanzani and Nathanael in Les Contes d’Hoffmann for Edmonton Opera and later he returned as the Third Jew. He has sung 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, Beadle in Sweeney Todd for Vancouver Opera, reprised his Monostatos, this time for Edmonton Opera’s Die Zauberflöte, appeared in the title role in the World Premiere of Isis and Osiris for VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert and joined Opera 5 for Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus.
Recent and current projects include Baron Czupan in Countess Maritza for Pacific Opera Victoria, Gabriel Dumont in Louis Riel for the National Arts Centre Orchestra, The Witch in Hänsel and Gretel for the Sudbury Symphony, Beethoven’s SYMPHONY No. 9 for Symphony Nova Scotia and the Kindred Spirits Orchestra, Belfiore in La finta giardiniera for Opera Nova Scotia, Mozart’s Requiem for the Newfoundland Symphony and Howard Boucher in Dead Man Walking for the Vancouver Opera.
|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 Glori|
“ 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
“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. ksorchestra.ca
Prologue from Rape of Lucretia by Britten