Sessional Lecturer Voice Peter Barcza is one of Canada’s most versatile baritones and has won critical acclaim, both nationally and internationally, in a wide range of repertoire. He graduated from the Opera Department of the University of Toronto where he was a student of the renowned Canadian baritone Louis Quilico. He continued studies in France at L’École d’Art Lyrique de L’Opéra de Paris and in Italy at the Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Fine Arts (Florence) where he studied with the great Italian baritone Tito Gobbi. At the unusually early age of 22, Mr. Barcza began his career with the Canadian Opera Company and has since sung over 50 leading roles in Canada and abroad including the Paris Opéra Comique, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York and with Canada’s major companies and symphony orchestras, such as Vancouver Opera, L’Opéra de Montréal, Calgary Opera, Opera Lyra (Ottawa), Opera in Concert (Toronto), Opera Ontario (Hamilton); he is also a frequent performer in recital and oratorio and has been heard with the Toronto Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Quebec Symphony and on CBC radio and television.
He has also sung leading roles in France, Germany, Belgium, Mexico and New Zealand. A specialist in Italian bel canto and Verdi as well as French repertoire, his roles have included the title characters in Macbeth, Rigoletto and Hamlet.