Martin Bakari

Praised by Opera News as a “vocally charismatic” performer with a “golden tenor,” Martin Bakari continues to distinguish himself as a dynamic artist in a wide array of musical and theatrical genres. Trained at Juilliard, Boston University, Tanglewood, and London’s Royal College of Music, his recent engagements include appearances with Portland Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Carolina, Madison Opera, Virginia Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Saratoga, Beth Morrison Projects, the Kennedy Center, the New Hampshire Philharmonic, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Opera Noire, and NY Harlem Productions with whom he has performed Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess in Dresden, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Bari. This season, Mr. Bakari debuts with Opéra Louisiane as Tamino in The Magic Flute, Seattle Opera as Peter the Honeyman in Porgy & Bess, Michigan Opera Theatre as Scribe/Trash-Talker in Daniel Sonenberg’s The Summer King, and On Site Opera as Prince/Newsboy/Italian Immigrant/Worker in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star, and returns to Pittsburgh Opera as Castleman in Jeremy Howard Beck’s The Long Walk. In the fall of 2018, he makes his Arizona Opera debut as Charlie Parker in Daniel Schnyder’s Charlie Parker’s Yardbird. Mr. Bakari’s recording of Grigory Smirnov’s Dowson Songs was recently released by Naxos Records, was featured by Opera News as a “Critic’s Choice” album, and is currently under Grammy consideration. www.martinbakari.com

 

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