Hailed by the Globe and Mail as “a brilliant performer,” “with the kind of magnetism that comes from combining realism with exhaustive extremes,” baritone Geoffrey Sirett won the 2018 Dora Award in Outstanding Opera Performance by a male actor for his leading role of Akakiy in The Overcoat (Canadian Stage co-production with Tapestry Opera and Vanocuver Opera). Having emerged as one of Canada’s finest young baritones, he is now more sought-after across the country than ever and is known for his wide range of operatic and concert repertoire.
His charisma as an actor and a singer kept him busy over the recent years in the operatic world: the 2018-19 season included his debut on the Four Seasons Centre stage in the Canadian Opera Company production of Arabella as Welko and the role of Captain Corcoran in Edmonton Opera’s H.M.S. Pinafore, in addition to his aforementioned award-winning performances in The Overcoat. In the summer, he was with Music & Beyond for Dido & Aeneas as the male lead, and with Kelowna Opera in Carmen as Escamillo. On the concert stage, he joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, and looks forward to singing Messiah with the Peterborough Singers and St. John Passion with the Ottawa Choral Society in 2018-19. During the summer of 2016, Sirett returned to Nova Scotia for a repeat of the hit production The Bells of Baddeck followed closely by a Banff workshop for the Toronto Symphony’s presentation of Seven Deadly Sins. In 2016-2017, he also appeared as Oreste in Elektra and Ping in Turandot for Edmonton Opera, Elijah for the Pax Christi Chorale, Messiah for the Newfoundland Symphony, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis for the Grand Philharmonic Choir and an appearance with the Bach Elgar Choir of Hamilton.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville), Bach’s B-Minor Mass (Sweetwater Festival), Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death (Off Centre Music Salon), The Merry Widow (Edmonton Opera), Damnation of Faust (Calgary Philharmonic), Prince Igor (VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert), Bach’s Mass in B Minor (Ottawa Bach Choir), and a Candlelight Christmas Concert (13 Strings Chamber Orchestra) were highlights of recent seasons.
Further credits include John Adam’s The Wound Dresser (Victoria Symphony), Brahms’ Requiem (Ottawa Bach Choir), Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Theatre of Early Music), Handel’s Messiah (Winnipeg Symphony) as well as performances with the Talisker Players, Canadian Art Song Project, Orchestra London, Winnipeg Symphony, Victoria Symphony, and Nota Bene Baroque Orchestra. Appearances on the opera stage included Opéra de Montréal’s production of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night, Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna with Opera5, and the world-premiere of MacDonald/Burry’s The Bells of Baddeck.
The premiere of James Rolfe’s Open Road, Brian Current’s Airline Icarus, Pergolesi’s La serva padrona, Dean Burry’s The Brothers Grimm, Bach’s Johannes Passion, Mozart’s Krönungsmesse, Stankar in Verdi’s Stifellio, Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium, and Messiah are works he has performed for Soundstreams, Against the Grain, Canadian Opera Company, Ottawa Choral Society and Choeur St. Laurent. Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, Hansel and Gretel, Orlando, Candide, Il mondo della luna, Pagliacci, Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Gianni Schicchi, Albert Herring, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, West Side Story, and The Great Gatsby are operas in which he has been featured.
Geoffrey is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he completed a Master’s in Music (Opera). He is the winner of awards and prizes from a number of competitions including the Canadian Conservatory Vocal Competition, Ottawa Choral Society Competition, Czech and Slovak International Voice Competition, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and he received 2nd place and the “Best Performance of a Canadian Work” Award in the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Competition. He is a five-time grant recipient of the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation, and winner of the Vancouver Opera Guild Career Development Grant.
Winner of the Norcop Song Prize, his recital appearances include performances for the Aldeburgh Connection and Bayfield Festival of Song with pianist Stephen Ralls, Van Cliburn Foundation with composer/pianist Ricky Ian Gordon, and the Chautauqua Institution with pianists Craig Rutenberg and Mikael Eliasen. Collaborating with pianist Stephen Ralls, his first solo album Vagabond is a disc devoted to the works of Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, and Britten as well as premiere recordings of Canadian composers Ivan Barbotin and Jocelyn Morlock. Additional recordings include Airline Icarus (Naxos: opera by Brian Current), The Heart’s Refuge (Analekta: Theatre of Early Music) and The Vale of Tears (Analekta: Theatre of Early Music).