J. Patrick Raftery

Assistant Professor of Voice

Music Building 409
Tel. 604-822-3460

Current courses


J. Patrick Raftery’s professional debut was in 1979 when he sang Schaunard in La Boheme sharing the stage with Luciano Pavarotti. After his years at The Boston Conservatory and The Juilliard School of Music, Mr. Raftery joined the Richard Tucker Music Foundation and C.A.M.I. artists when his career soared and took him to the major opera houses of the world, his debut was at the Metropolitan Opera with Mirella Freni in Manon Lescaut.  In less than a decade he became one of America’s most prominent baritones. 

In August 1992, Mr. Raftery gave his first performances as a tenor, at New York’s Avery Fischer Hall in concert performances of Lucio Silla. The 1992/93 season included Erik in Der Fliegende Hollander, Florestan in Fidelio and Max in Jonny Spielt auf, all with the Opera of Leipzig. Immediately, the same company invited him to participate in their 300 year anniversary celebration by singing Grigori/Demitri in the acclaimed production of Boris Godunov by Oscar winning director Istvan Szabo.

Mr. Raftery’s debut at La Scala came in the 1993/94 season’s opening production of Spontini’s La Vestale conducted by Riccardo Muti and recorded live for Sony Classical. That same season Mr. Raftery debuted in quick succession the roles of Parsifal, Samson and Siegmund. The latter in the Frankfurt Opera’s critically acclaimed Ring of Herbert Wernekeconducted by Sylvain Cambreling.



WATCH: J. Patrick Raftery & Ruth Ann Swenson perform "Dunque io son" from Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia



Mr. Raftery participated in The Royal Opera House at Covent Garden’s world premier of Alexander Goehr’s opera Arianna, Siegmund in Seattle’s Ring , Erik in a new Der Fliegende Hollander for the Canadian Opera Company (Toronto), Andrei Kovanski in Kovanschina for The Hamburg State Opera and the world premier of Salammbo for The Paris Opera.

Mr. Raftery has been Tristan for the Operas of Meiningen, Nancy and The Croatian National Theater of Zagreb. The 2004/2005 season found Mr. Raftery’s role debut as Othello for the opera of Syracuse and a filming of his Siegmund for a DVD of Wagner’s Ring for the Opera of Liege.

The 2006/2007 season found Mr. Raftery reviving Othello for the Opera of Budapest, Sergei in the Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk and Siegmund for Oper Wiesbaden and Eisenstein for a new production of Die Fledermaus in Toulouse. Mr. Raftery joined the University of Toronto Faculty of Music as a voice instructor in the fall of 2007. Since joining the faculty at University of Toronto Mr. Raftery has sung for the Pacific Opera Victoria (William Marshall in Regina of Mark Blitzstein and Monsieur Taupe in Capriccio of Richard Strauss). In 2013 Mr. Raftery made his role and house debut with the Opera de Marseille as Aegisth in Richard Strauss‘ Elektra.