Michael Barrett makes his Pacific Opera Victoria debut in 2014 in the roles of Don Curzio and Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro.
Born in Newfoundland, Michael Barrett is a former member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. Performing regularly now for the COC, his engagements there include the 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 Zauberflöte, the High Priest of Neptune in Idomeneo, El Remendado in Carmen, Lieutenant Bonnet and Aide de Camp to General Compans in War and Peace, the First Prisoner in Fidelio, the Gamekeeper in Rusalka, the 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 première of Taptoo! for Toronto Operetta Theatre and performed in Messiah with the Newfoundland Symphony.
At the University of Toronto Opera School he performed many roles including Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, the Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. Michael regularly appears with the Aldeburgh Connection, where he performed in Our Storyfor the 25th Anniversary celebrations.
Other engagements include Spalanzani in Les contes d'Hoffmann for the Canadian Opera Company; Quint in The Turn of the Screw for Against the Grain, an enterprising new company in Toronto; Spalanzani and Nathanael in Les contes d'Hoffmann and the Third Jew in Salome for Edmonton Opera; and Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte for Vancouver Opera.