GEOFFREY SIRETT

 

Geoffrey-Sirett
BARITONE

Baritone Geoffrey Sirett continues to impress musicians and audiences in debut performances in opera, concert and recital repertoire. A native of Kingston, Geoffrey is emerging as one of Canada’s leading young baritones, highly sought-after across the country for concert repertoire. His 2014-15 season included over 70 performances across Canada, highlights of which include John Adam’s THE WOUND DRESSER (Victoria Symphony), Brahms’ REQUIEM (Ottawa Bach Choir), Purcell’s DIDO AND AENEAS (Theatre of Early Music), Handel’s MESSIAH (Winnipeg Symphony) as well as performances with the Talisker Players, Canadian Art Song Project, Orchestra London, Winnipeg Symphony, Victoria Symphony, and Nota Bene Baroque Orchestra. Appearances on the opera stage included Opera de Montreal’s production of Kevin Puts’ SILENT NIGHT, Wolf-Ferrari’s IL SEGRETO DI SUSANNA with Opera5, and the world-premiere of Dean Burry’s THE BELLS OF BADDECK.

Geoffrey began the 2015/16 season with performances of Beethoven’s 9TH SYMPHONY (Orchestre Symphonique de Drummondville), Bach’s B-MINOR MASS (Sweetwater Festival), and Moussorgsky’s SONGS AND DANCES OF DEATH (Off Centre Music Salon). He looks forward to upcoming engagements with Edmonton Opera (THE MERRY WIDOW), Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (DAMNATION OF FAUST), VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert (PRINCE IGOR), Ottawa Bach Choir (B-MINOR MASS), and 13 Strings Chamber Orchestra (Candlelight Christmas Concert).

Geoffrey’s 2013/14 season began with the premiere James Rolfe’s OPEN ROAD for Soundstreams and appeared later with in that company’s production of Brian Current’s AIRLINE ICARUS. This season also included the Canadian Opera Company tour of Pergolesi’s LA SERVA PARDONA and Dean Burry’s THE BROTHERS GRIMM, Bach’s JOHANNES PASSION for Kitchener’s Grand Philharmonic Choir, Mozart’s KRÖNUNGSMESSE for the Ottawa Choral Society, Stankar in Verid’s STIFELLIO for Opera in Concert, as well as Bach’s WEIHNACHTSORATORIUM for Choeur St. Laurent, and Against The Grain’s acclaimed staged production of MESSIAH.

Tall and imposing, the Ontario baritone has performed leading roles in DON GIOVANNI, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, COSI FAN TUTTE, HANSEL AND GRETEL, ORLANDO, CANDIDE, IL MONDO DELLA LUNA, PAGLIACCI, THE MERRY WIDOW, DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS, GIANNI SCHICCHI, ALBERT HERRING, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, WEST SIDE STORY, THE GREAT GATSBY.

Geoffrey is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he completed a Master’s in Music (Opera). 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. He is a five-time grant recipient of the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation, and winner of the Vancouver Opera Guild Career Development Grant.

As the winner of the Norcop Song Prize, Geoffrey presented a recital with 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.

Collaborating with pianist Stephen Ralls, his first solo album Vagabond is a disc devoted to the works of Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, and Britten as well as premiere recordings of Canadian composers Ivan Barbotin and Jocelyn Morlock. Additional recording’s include Airline Icarus (Naxos: opera by Brian Current), The Heart’s Refuge (Analekta: Theatre of Early Music) and The Vale of Tears (Analekta: Theatre of Early Music)