Hailed by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times as “vocally robust” and “lyrically malevolent”, American Bass-Baritone Joseph Barron was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Sullivan Foundation Awards. His 2018-2019 season included Happy in La fanciulla del West, covering Leporello in Don Giovanni and joining the production of Falstaff with the Metropolitan Opera, Leporello in Don Giovanni with Opera Hong Kong and Curtis on Tour in Mexico City, and Henry Kissinger in Nixon in China with the Princeton Festival. In the 2019-2020 season, he returns to the Metropolitan Opera to cover the title role in Le nozze di Figaro.
Mr. Barron’s recent engagements include productions of Turandot, The Exterminating Angel, Salome, Tannhäuser, Rigoletto, Don Carlo, and The Nose with the Metropolitan Opera, the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Carolina and Opera Grand Rapids, Kaspar in Der Freischütz
with Virginia Opera, Basmanov in Dvorak’s Dimitrij at Bard Summerscape, Leporello in Don Giovanni with New Orleans Opera, Don Pizarro in Fidelio with the Princeton Music Festival, the world premiere of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene with the San Francisco Opera, Polyphemus in Acis and Galatea with the Aix-en-Provence Festival and La Fenice, Ramfis in Aida, Grandpa Moss in The Tender Land, and Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro at the Glimmerglass Festival, Leporello in Don Giovanni and Montano in Otello with Opera Philadelphia, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Prophet/Larry King in Dark Sisters, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Geronimo in Il matrimonio segreto, Monterone in Rigoletto, Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, and The Bonze in Madama Butterfly with Pittsburgh Opera, Roldano in Cavalli’s Veremonda with Spoleto Festival, Leporello in Don Giovanni and Monterone in Rigoletto with Arizona Opera, and Swallow in Peter Grimes at the Princeton Festival.