J. Patrick Raftery

Assistant Professor of Voice

Music Building 409
Tel. 604-822-3460

Current courses


J. Patrick Raftery’s debut was with the San Diego Opera singing Schaunard in La Bohème sharing the stage with Luciano Pavarotti. After his years at The Boston Conservatory and The Juilliard School of Music, Mr. Raftery was awarded the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Prize and made his debut in New York’s Carnegie Hall in the Tucker Winner’s concert that same year.

Rossini’s Barber in the Washington Opera’s The Barber of Seville drew Mr. Raftery international attention and Figaro was his debut with The Paris Opera soon thereafter. Closely associated with the operas of Rossini, including two summers with the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, Mr. Raftery sang the role of Figaro over 200 times. Covent Garden’s Count in Le Nozze di Figaro and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte for the Festival of Glyndebourne gave Mr. Raftery two prominent debuts in Great Britain in quick succession. Leading up to his debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera with Mirella Freni in Manon Lescaut, Mr. Raftery was one of North America’s most prominent baritones.



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



Mr. Raftery made his tenor debut with New York’s Mostly Mozart festival at Avery Fisher Hall (now David Geffen Hall) leading to his debut at the world’s most prestigious opera house, La Scala in Milan. Mr. Raftery has subsequently been re-invited as a tenor to the stages of London’s Covent Garden, The Paris Opera, The Hamburg State Opera, The Canadian Opera Company, and numerous others.

Mr. Raftery has performed as recitalist/soloist with The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, The Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Das Gewandhausorchester (Leipzig), The Philadelphia Orchestra, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (“SWR”), Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden, and Washington D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra at the festivals of Tanglewood, Wolftrap, N.Y.’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Salzburg Mozart Festival, and numerous others.

Teaching for over three decades. Professor Raftery has given Master Classes for the opera companies of The Pacific Opera Victoria, The San Diego Opera, Oper Graz, L’Opéra de Montpellier, and the Universities of Western Ontario, Southern California, Lethbridge, Alberta, Toronto, and The Catholic University of America. After his years as adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario and University of Toronto, Professor Raftery joined the full time faculty at The University of British Columbia in 2014.

Members of Professor Raftery’s studio are now performing throughout the world in such theatres as the Bavarian State Opera, the Zurich Opera, The Canadian Opera Company, and the Young Artist Programs in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and Munich.

Professor Raftery has been on the voice faculty for the summer programs: Opera Nuova, Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, Opera Kelowna, Cowtown Opera Summer Academy, and the Taos Opera Institute in Taos, New Mexico.

Professor Raftery is the Vancouver organizer of Mysterious Barricades concert series in support of International Suicide Awareness Day.

2017 performances have included Candide with the Regina Symphony, Dead Man Walking with the Vancouver Opera and the Oscar Morawetz Centennial Celebration Concerts.



WATCH: Professor Raftery performs at the Oscar Morawetz Centennial Celebration Concert.



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