Peter Barcza is one of Canada's most versatile baritones and has won
critical acclaim, both nationally and internationally, in a wide range
of repertoire. He graduated from the Opera Department of the University
of Toronto where he was a student of the renowned Canadian baritone
Louis Quilico. He continued studies in France at L'École d'Art
Lyrique de L'Opéra de Paris and in Italy at the Villa Schifanoia
Graduate School of Fine Arts (Florence) where he studied with the great
Italian baritone Tito Gobbi.
At the unusually early
age of 22, Mr. Barcza began his career with the Canadian Opera Company
and has since sung leading roles with Canada's major companies,
including the Vancouver Opera, L' Opéra de Montreal, Calgary
Opera, Manitoba Opera, Opera Lyra (Ottawa), Pacific Opera Victoria,
Opera in Concert (Toronto), Opera Ontario (Hamilton) and on CBC radio
A frequent performer in
the United States, he has been heard at the New York City Opera as
Germont in La Traviata and Marcello in La Boheme. He has sung two Verdi
leads for Seattle Opera - the role of Rigoletto and DiLuna in Il
Trovatore. He has also appeared with the New Orleans Opera, Connecticut
Opera, Memphis Opera, Rochester Opera, Kentucky Opera, Arizona Opera
and the Opera Orchestra of New York, with whom he sang Filippo in
Beatrice di Tenda (Bellini).
Barcza has sung with opera companies in Belgium, Germany, Mexico and in
France at the Paris Opéra Comique. He last appeared in France as
the High Priest in Samson et Dalila with L'
Opéra de Metz and as Lescaut in Manon Lescaut with L'
de Limoges, and debuted in New Zealand as Rigoletto.
His large and diverse
repertoire performed ranges from the Verdi roles - Macbeth, Renato in
Un Ballo in maschera, Amonasro in Aida - and such bel canto specialties
as Alfonso in La Favorita, Antonio in Linda di Chamounix, Enrico in
Lucia di Lammermoor and Belcore in L'Elisir d'amore to Valentin in
Faust, Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Manfredo in L'Amore dei
tre re (Montemezzi) and Ulisse in Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
(Monteverdi). See Repertoire.
Peter Barcza is known for
his reliability and professionalism as well as for the uniqueness of
his interpretations. "Barcza's accomplishment was the most
noteworthy. Not only were Zurga's declamations and arias finely crafted
and richly sung, they were infused with a real sense of nobility and
moral dilemma. This was an impossibly but refreshingly intelligent
Zurga." (Montreal Gazette)
Writing in Opera Canada
magazine, Stuart Hamilton, vocal coach, broadcaster and founder of
Toronto's Opera in Concert, said "Peter Barcza is a linguist. He
knows five languages, and when he is engaged for a role, he learns it
in a week."
Mr. Barcza has appeared
in recital and with symphony orchestras across Canada, including the
Montreal Symphony, Quebec Symphony, Toronto Symphony and the National
Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa).
Since 2002, Mr. Barcza
has been on the voice faculty at the University of British Columbia
School of Music in Vancouver, where he also teaches privately. He has
had students among the winners of the Vancouver Regional Metropolitan
Opera Auditions for six consecutive years and many of his students
perform with opera companies and symphony orchestras throughout
North America and Europe. Mr.
Barcza is also known for his master classes, which he has given
throughout Canada. --- "Peter
Barcza was very respectful of the singers, yet zeroed in on a single
basic thing that would improve each singer's performance, using his
wealth of professional experience. I saw the benefits in the studio
afterwards, not only with the participants, but also the auditors."
- Karen Smith, Victoria Conservatory of Music.