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, Ontario, Geoffrey has emerged as one of Canada’s finest young baritones, highly sought-after across the country for a wide range of repertoire.
His charisma as an actor and a singer make him an ideal choice for the leading role in the world premiere of OVERCOAT, a musical version of the stage hit presented by Vancouver Opera, Canstage and Tapestry in the winter of 2018. This season, Geoffrey also looks forward to his debut on the Four Seasons Centre stage in the Canadian Opera Company productions of ARABELLA and the role of Captain Corcoran in Edmonton Opera’s H.M.S PINAFORE.
Geoffrey’s 2016/17 season highlights included his debut with the Toronto Symphony’s in a production of Weill’s SEVEN DEADLY SINS, Oreste in ELEKTRA and Ping in TURANDOT for Edmonton Opera, ELIJAH for the Pax Christi Chorale, MESSIAH for the Newfoundland Symphony, Beethoven’s MISSA SOLEMNIS for the Grand Philharmonic Choir and an appearance with the Bach Elgar Choir of Hamilton.
Highlights of the 2015/16 season included Beethoven’s SYMPHONY No. 9 (Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville), Bach’s B-MINOR MASS (Sweetwater Festival), Mussorgsky’s SONGS AND DANCES OF DEATH (Off Centre Music Salon), THE MERRY WIDOW and CARMEN (Edmonton Opera), DAMNATION OF FAUST (Calgary Philharmonic), PRINCE IGOR (VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert), Bach’s MASS IN B MINOR (Ottawa Bach Choir), and a Candlelight Christmas Concert (13 Strings Chamber Orchestra).
Geoffrey’s 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 Opéra de Montréal’s production of Kevin Puts’ SILENT NIGHT, Wolf-Ferrari’s IL SEGRETO DI SUSANNA with Opera5, and the world-premiere of MacDonald/Burry’s THE BELLS OF BADDECK.
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 he 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.
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 recordings 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).