Not long after that literal foray into the great Newfoundland outdoors, the opera singer and former Corner Brook resident will return back in the province to lurk in a more figurative sense in an enchanted forest.
In November, Barrett will be joining the Opera On The Avalon team to play the role of The Butcher in the musical “Into the Woods.”
The production weaves in characters from popular fairy tales “Cinderella,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Rapunzel,” and “Little Red Riding Hood.”
Barrett, who now calls Toronto home, can’t wait to be part of the show that will run at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre from Nov. 23-25.
“I have been looking forward to working with Opera on the Avalon for quite a while,” he said in a recent interview. “They are quite a good company that has been picking up steam throughout Canada and is pretty well known now, so it’s great this project has come to life.”
It won’t be his first time working with “Into the Woods,” having played the role of Jack in Theatre Newfoundland Labrador’s production of it in Corner Brook in the early 1990s.
“It was a difficult piece for a young guy and I was very intrigued by it,” he said of his exposure to the musical during his impressive career’s more formative years.
While it is a musical and not an opera, Barrett wouldn’t exactly describe “Into the Woods as a break from what he usually does.
“It’s going to be a little different from an opera, but it has its own challenges I don’t experience in opera,” he said.
Barrett recently finished working in another musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” with the Calgary Opera, but his role as Emile De Becque in that production was written with an opera singer in mind.
Facts about Peter Barrett
- A recipient of the Ian Rosenblatt Bursary at the Wexford Festival in Ireland and top prize winner at the Montreal International Music Competition,
- On the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, where he made his debut in the role of Malatesta in “Don Pasquale” and covered the role of Dr. Falke in “Die Fledermaus.”
- Studied at Hartwick College in the United States, attended Tanglewood’s Music Institute and graduated from the Glenn Gould Professional School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
- Credits include the Galaxy Rising Star prize for most promising young artist at the 32nd Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s National Competition for Young Performers.
Some of his work this season:
- Mercutio in “Romeo et Juliette” and Morales in “Carmen” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York
- Wolseley in “Louis Riel” at the Canadian Opera Company,
- Mozart’s “Requiem” with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra
- Emile De Becque in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” with the Calgary Opera.
Source: Zemsky Green Artists Management