Clarence Frazer makes his Pacific Opera Victoria debut as Figaro in Rossini's The Barber of Seville. He performed the role in 2015 with the Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio and also stepped into the role on the COC's main stage, replacing an ailing Joshua Hopkins. In June he will again perform Figaro, this time with Saskatoon Opera.
Hailed as a singer to watch (Musical Toronto) Canadian baritone Clarence Frazer is praised for having a silvery baritone that retains its silky texture through his entire range (London Free Press) who possesses a powerful, robust voice (Paula Citron). Mr. Frazer made his debut with Canadian Stage and Soundstreams Canada in Fall 2015 as Jean in the highly anticipated North American Première of Philippe Boesmans' opera Julie.
Frazer was a member of the Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio from 2012-2015. His COC credits include Prince Yamadori (Madama Butterfly); Guglielmo (Così fan tutte); Schaunard (La bohème). In addition to his opera and concert work Mr. Frazer won the inaugural Lois Marshall Voice Competition and was a finalist in Palm Beach Opera's International Voice Competition and the International Vocal Competition held in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
Clarence Frazer sang and acted a terrific "Largo al factotum", entering from the upper level. This baritone is singing the best I've heard him, with a blazing top and great stage presence – you really need a true ham to be a Figaro.
Joseph So, La Scena Musicale, Review of COC Ensemble Studio Highlights Preview of The Barber of Seville