Hailed by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times as “vocally robust” and “lyrically malevolent”, American Bass-Baritone Joseph Barron is sought after for his portrayals in both the dramatic and comedic repertoire.
Recently, Mr. Barron returned to San Francisco Opera to Cover Leporello in Don Giovanni, the Metropolitan Opera to cover the title role in Le nozze di Figaro as well as the Police Officer in Boris Godunov, made his role and company debut as Don Pizarro in Fidelio with Opera North Carolina, reprised Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Finger Lakes Opera and made his role debut as Colline in La bohème with Charlottesville Opera. Upcoming engagements include debuts with the Dallas Opera and the Atlanta Opera as Donner in Das Rheingold, returning to the Metropolitan Opera to cover Swallow in Peter Grimes and Monterone in Rigoletto, and returning to Charlottesville Opera as Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow.
Other recent debuts include Opera Hong Kong and New Orleans Opera as Leporello in Don Giovanni, Opera Carolina and Opera Grand Rapids as the title role in Le nozze di Figaro, Virginia Opera as Kaspar in Der Freischütz, Bard Summerscape as Basmanov in Dvorak’s Dimitrij, and the Berkshire Opera Festival as Sparafucile in Rigoletto. He also returned to The Princeton Festival for Don Pizarro in Fidelio. Mr. Barron has previously joined the Metropolitan Opera for productions of La fanciulla del West as Happy, Salome as the 2nd Soldier, The Nose as Policeman/Gentleman, Turandot, Tannhäuser, Rigoletto, and The Exterminating Angel.