Geoffrey Sirett
Opera
&
Oratorio
Biography

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).

Resume

Opera


Arabella (Welko) – Canadian Opera Company 2017
Elektra 
(Orest) – Edmonton Opera 2017
Turandot 
(Ping) – Edmonton Opera 2016
Carmen
 (Morales/Dancaire) – Edmonton Opera 2015
Prince Igor (Prince Igor) – Opera in Concert 2015
Le damnation de Faust (Brander) – Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra 2015
The Merry Widow (Kromov) – Edmonton Opera 2015
The Bells of Baddeck (A.G. Bell) – Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site 2015
Silent Night (William Dale) – Opera de Montréal 2015
Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas) – Theatre of Early Music 2014
Stiffelio (Count Stankar) – Opera in Concert 2014
Airline Icarus (Business Man) – Soundstreams 2014
La Traviata (Germont) – Highlands Opera Studio 2013
La Serva Padrona (Uberto) – Canadian Opera Company 2013
The Brothers Grimm (Brentano) – Canadian Opera Company 2013
Orlando (Zaroastro) – Opera in Concert 2013
The Great Gatsby (Nick Carraway) – Aspen Opera Theater Center 2012

Concert

Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins – Toronto Symphony Orchestra 2017
Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis – Grand Philharmonic 2017
Mendelssohn’s ElijahPax Christi Chorale 2016
Bach’s B Minor Mass Chorus Niagara 2016
Candlelight ConcertThirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra 2015
Moussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death – Offcentre Music Salon 2015
Purcell’s Odes Theater of Early Music 2015
Handel’s Messiah Nota Bene Baroque Players 2015
Recital Canadian Art Song Project 2015
Handel’s Messiah Victoria Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Orchestra London 2014
Adam’s The Wound Dresser Victoria Symphony 2014
Vaughan William’s Songs of TravelTalisker Players 2014
Brahms’ RequiemOttawa Bach Choir 2014
Bach’s Johannes-PassionGrand Philharmonic Chorus 2014
Mozart’s KronungmesseOttawa Choral Society 2014
Bach’s WeihnachtsoratoriumKingston Symphony 2013
Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem – Buffalo Philharmonic 2012

Awards

Winner – Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Four City District) – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Grant – Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for Young Canadian Opera Singers – 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013
Grand Prize – Ottawa Choral Society Competition – 2012
2nd Place – Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal Competition – 2011
Winner – Best Performance of a Canadian Work Award (Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal Competition) – 2011
Grant – Vancouver Opera Guild Career Development Grant – 2010

Education

Aspen Opera Theater Center 2010, 2011, 2012
University of Toronto (MMus in Opera) – 2011
Chautauqua Institute Voice Program2007, 2008, 2009
University of Western Ontario (BMus in Voice) 2007

Recordings

The Vale of Tears (Schutz, Bach, Praetorius) – Daniel Taylor, conductor [Analekta – AN 2 9144]
Airline Icarus
(Opera by Brian Current) – Brian Current, conductor [Naxos 8660356]
The Heart’s Refuge (Buxtehude, J.C. Bach, Kuhnau, Bruhns) – Daniel Taylor, conductor [Analekta – AN 2 9143]
Vagabond (Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, Britten, Morlock, Barbotin) –Stephen Ralls, piano

Bicycle Opera Project

As an active advocate for contemporary Canadian music, Geoffrey is the co-producer of The Bicycle Opera Project.  Combining two of his passions, the cycle-touring opera company aims to give opera a new spin, introducing Canadian audiences to a wealth of high-quality contemporary opera created in the country.

After 6 seasons the company’s unique combination of art and environmentalism has garnered global media attention, including coverage by Al Jazeera, CBC’s The National, CTV, TFO, CityTV, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, and even a Cyrillic newspaper in Russia.

Over the 2015 season’s 5-week tour, the company (8 members strong, complete with bicycle trailers filled with sets, costumes, props, and instruments) covered over 1000km, performing for audiences across Nova Scotia and Ontario.

Upcoming Engagements

Press

  • This is the powerful sound of an operatic contender, one that Sirett manages to tame into a golden vehicle for the expressive nuances of art song.

  • Geoffrey Sirett just about brought the house down singing the “Tosca” excerpt with a muscular, powerhouse baritone that held its own in contest with the orchestra’s playing at full throttle.

  • Zoroastro is Orlando’s resident heavyweight. Part puppet master, part dues ex machine, the role demands a commanding vocal presence with deep dramatic undertones. Mr. Sirett has it covered. His is a big, full-bodied voice but one capable of surprising finesse. Bass baritones do not typically sing Baroque trills. Sirett does.

  • …baritone Geoffrey Sirett gave insightful and beautifully nuanced performances.  Sirett’s deep, clear baritone traced somber but elegant phrases against the piano’s cloudy jangle of tonal chords.

  • John Terauds

    CD Review: Vagabond
  • Buffalo News

    Puccini Concert – Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Opera Going Toronto

    Opera in Concert production of "Orlando"
  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    Recital – Songs of Ricky Ian Gordon, Van Cliburn Foundation 2010
Media

Listen

Songs of Travel (Vaughan Williams)
Stephen Ralls, piano
© Geoffrey Sirett 2011

Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad (Butterworth)
Stephen Ralls, piano
© Geoffrey Sirett 2011

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Carrol Anne Curry
Managing Director
Director, Opera Division
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Henry Ingram
Director, Concerts Division
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