GEOFFREY SIRETT (BARITONE)


Baritone Geoffrey Sirett continues to impress musicians and audiences in debut performances in opera, concert and recital repertoire. A highlight current season will be the Montreal premiere of Kevin Puts opera SILENT NIGHT, singing the role of William Dale. He was also heard in Adams’ THE WOUND DRESSER for the Victoria Symphony and other engagements include MESSIAH for the orchestras of Winnipeg, Victoria, London, and St. Matthew’s Church in Ottawa in addition to an Opera Gala for the Kingston Symphony.

This past season he premiered James Rolfe’s OPEN ROAD for Soundstreams and appeared later with in that company’s production of Brian Current’s AIRLINE ICARUS.  This past season also included the Canadian Opera Company tour of Pergolesi’s LA SERVA PARDONA and THE BROTHERS GRIMM, Bach’s JOHANNES PASSION for Kitchener’s Grand Philharmonic Choir, Mozart’s KRÖNUNGSMESSE for the Ottawa Choral Society, Stankar in STIFELLIO for VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert and an appearance with the Talisker Players of Toronto. He was also heard in Bach’s WEIHNACHTSORATORIUM for Choeur St. Laurent and MESSIAH for the Winnipeg Symphony and Against the Grain in Toronto. 

Further career highlights include the role of Zoroastro in Handel’s ORLANDO for Toronto’s VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert,  MESSIAH with Lydia Adams and the Amadeus Choir and performances of FROM THE HOUSE OF MIRTH with Coleman-Lemieux Compagnie.  At the Aspen Opera Theater Center his roles included Il Conte in Mozart’s LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Snug in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Diesel in Bernstein’s WEST SIDE STORY and Nick Carraway  in Harbison’s THE GREAT GATSBY.

Mr. Sirett is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he completed a Master’s in Music (Opera). He holds a Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma from the University of Western Ontario, where he received the UWO Alumni Gold Medal. He is the winner of awards and prizes from a number of competitions including the Canadian Conservatory Vocal Competition, Ottawa Choral Society Competition, Czech and Slovak International Voice Competition, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and received 2nd place and the “Best Performance of a Canadian Work” Award in the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Competition. Winner of two ARIAS awards, he is a five-time grant recipient of the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation, and winner of the Vancouver Opera Guild Career Development Grant.

Tall and imposing, the Ontario baritone has performed leading roles in DON GIOVANNI and COSI FAN TUTTE, HANSEL AND GRETEL, CANDIDE, IL MONDO DELLA LUNA, PAGLIACCI, THE MERRY WIDOW, DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS, GIANNI SCHICCHI and ALBERT HERRING.Oratorio repertoire includes Faure’s REQUIEM and Vaughan Williams’ DONA NOBIS PACEM (Buffalo Philharmonic), and Eötvös’s SNATCHES OF A CONVERSATION (Aspen Contemporary Ensemble).                           

The Kingston native is the winner of the Jim and Charlotte Song Prize and was presented in recital with pianist Martin Katz. Further recital appearances include performances for the Aldeburgh Connection and Bayfield Festival of Song with pianist Stephen Ralls, Van Cliburn Foundation with composer/pianist Ricky Ian Gordon, and the Chautauqua Institution with pianists Craig Rutenberg and Mikael Eliasen. His first solo album, VAGABOND is a disc devoted to the works of Vaughan Williams, Morlock, Butterworth, Britten and Barbotin collaborating with pianist Stephen Ralls.