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Geoffrey Sirett (Baritone)

Born: Kingston, Ontario, Canada

The Canadian baritone, Geoffrey Sirett, studied at Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute. He obtained his Bachelor of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the University of Western Ontario, where he received the Gold Medal; and his Master of Music degree in Opera from the University of Toronto. 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 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.

Geoffrey Sirett continues to impress musicians and audiences in debut performances in opera, concert and recital repertoire. He is emerging as one of Canada’s leading young baritones, highly sought-after across the country for concert repertoire. Tall and imposing, the Ontario baritone has performed leading roles in W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni, W.A. Mozart's Le Nozze Di Figaro, W.A. Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, Orlando, Leonard Bernstein's Candide, Il Mondo Della Luna, Pagliacci, The Merry Widow, Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Gianni Schicchi, Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring, B. Britten's A Midsummer Night’s Dream, L. Bernstein's West Side Story, and The Great Gatsby.

Geoffrey Sirett's 2013-2014 season began with the premiere James Rolfe’s Open Road for Soundstreams and appeared later with in that company’s production of Brian Current’s Airline Icarus. This season also included the Canadian Opera Company tour of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's La Serva Pardona and Dean Burry’s The Brothers Grimm, J.S. Bach's Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) for Kitchener’s Grand Philharmonic Choir, W.A. Mozart's Krönungsmesse for the Ottawa Choral Society, Stankar in Verid’s Stifellio for Opera in Concert, as well as J.S. Bach's Weihnachts-Oratorium (BWV 248) for Choeur St. Laurent, and Against The Grain’s acclaimed staged production of George Frideric Handel's Messiah.

Geoffrey Sirett's 2014-2015 season included over 70 performances across Canada, highlights of which include John Adam’s The Wound Dresser (Victoria Symphony), L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (Orchestre Symphonique de Drummondville), Johannes Brahms' Requiem (Ottawa Bach Choir), Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Theatre of Early Music), 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 Opera de Montreal’s production of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night, Wolf-Ferrari’s Il Segreto di Susanna with Opera5, and the world-premiere of Dean Burry’s The Bells of Baddeck.

As the winner of the Norcop Song Prize, Geoffrey Sirett presented a recital with Martin Katz. Further recital appearances include performances for the Aldeburgh Connection and Bayfield Festival of Song with pianist Stephen Ralls, Van Cliburn Foundation with composer/pianist Ricky Ian Gordon, and the Chautauqua Institution with pianists Craig Rutenberg and Mikael Eliasen. Collaborating with pianist Stephen Ralls, his first solo album "Vagabond" is a disc devoted to the works of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, and B. Britten as well as premiere recordings of Canadian compositions by Ivan Barbotin and Jocelyn Morlock. He currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Source: Geoffrey Sirett WebsitePhoto 01: Tariq Kieran; Photo 02: Sirett-Photonew1
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2016)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

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Daniel Taylor

Bass

Member of Schola Cantorum, Toronto:
C-7 (2014):
BWV 165

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