This year Barnaby Rea sings TRUFFALDINO Ariadne auf Naxos for the Edinburgh Festival and makes a number of house debuts including HOBSON in a new production of Peter Grimes at the Teatro Real Madrid, SNUG A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Deutsche Oper Berlin, roles in La Forza del Destino and Elektra for the Theatre du Capitole Toulouse and the world premiere of Die Odysee at the Oper Zürich. He will sing BOTTOM A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Oper Frankfurt where he has been a member since 2016 and where his roles have included LORD TRISTAN MICKLEFORD Martha, SPARAFUCILE Rigoletto, OCHSENSCHWANZ in Krenek’s Schwergewicht, JARNO Mignon, OBRIST KOTTWITZ Der Prinz von Homburg, and HOBSON Peter Grimes.

Guest engagements last season also included PUBLIO La clemenza di Tito Bergen National Opera as well as Beethoven’s Prüfung des Küssens and Tremate, Empi Tremate, HOBSON Peter Grimes Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester, SOLJONY in a new production of Péter Eötvös’s Tri Sestri, BARON ZETA Die Lustige Witwe, SCIARRONE Tosca and TRUFFALDINO Ariadne auf Naxos Oper Frankfurt,

Guest appearances in 2018/19 included BEN BENNY Paul Bunyan ENO, BERTRAND Iolanta Opera Holland Park, PRINCE GUDAL The Demon Chelsea Opera Group in London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and WITNESS 3/MADMAN in the Russian premiere of George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence Mariinsky Theatre.

Past highlights have included PISTOLA Falstaff, FABRIZIO VINGRADITO La Gazza Ladra, JOHANN Werther, BOSUN Billy Budd, PRISON GOVERNOR From the House of the Dead Oper Frankfurt, SPARAFUCILE Rigoletto, BASILIO The Barber of Seville, COLLINE La Bohème, LODOVICO Otello, NOURABAD The Pearl Fishers, PRIVATE WILLIS Iolanth, CEPRANO Rigoletto, SECOND PRIEST/SECOND ARMED MAN The Magic Flute ENO, COLLINE La Bohème Opera North, Opera de Guatemala, MASETTO Don Giovanni, MOTHER The Seven Deadly Sins Scottish Opera, ALIDORO La Cenerentola, ZARESKY/CAPTAIN EUGENE Onegin, BONZE Madam Butterfly, ROCCO I Gioielli della Madonna Opera Holland Park, OSMIN Die Entführung aus dem Serail West Green Opera, and HOBSON Bergen International Festival and Edinburgh International Festival.

Recent highlights on the concert platform include HOBSON Enescu Festival, JUDGE PITKIN/FIRST WORKMAN/RADIO ANNOUNCER On the Town BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, Verdi’s Requiem Adrian Boult Hall Birmingham and Mozart’s Requiem Royal Festival Hall London. A keen interpreter of Kurt Weill Barnaby has sung Vom Tod im Wald and the Mahagonny Songspiel Kings Place London and MOTHER The Seven Deadly Sins National Concert Hall Dublin with the RTÉ Orchestra. Barnaby also live recorded BOB BECKETT HMS Pinafore at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Barnaby is a former Harewood Artist at English National Opera (2013-16). He trained at the National Opera Studio and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and continues to study under the guidance of John Evans.

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