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Arizona Opera Cast Members & Creatives

Peter Barber

Peter Barber is an American bass-baritone and graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts. He is currently a member of the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio, where he has performed Basilio in The Barber of Seville, Capulet in Roméo & Juliette, and Masetto in Don Giovanni.

Before returning for a 2nd year with Arizona Opera, Barber joined the Renée Fleming Studio at the Aspen Music Festival, performing the bass role in Matthew Aucoin’s World Premiere of Music for New Bodies, Simone in Gianni Schicchi, and Antonio in The Marriage of Figaro, all while having the great opportunity to work one-on-one with Renée Fleming throughout the summer.

Prior to joining the Arizona Opera Studio, Barber spent a 2nd summer at the Music Academy of the West, performing Colline in La Bohème under the baton of Daniela Candillari. While at AVA, Barber performed numerous roles, including; the title role in Don Giovanni, Schaunard in La Bohème, and Gremin in Eugene Onegin. In the summer season of 2022, he joined the Apprentice Program at The Santa Fe Opera, covering Fiorello in The Barber of Seville. In October of 2021, he made his professional role and company debut with Salt Marsh Opera, performing Escamillo in Carmen. Some of Barber’s other role highlights include: Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, Stobrod/Blindman in Cold Mountain, Sarastro in The Magic Flute, and both Don Alfonso and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte.

Outside of the opera world, Peter has grown a substantial audience on YouTube, surpassing 190,000 subscribers via videos with in-depth musical analysis of contemporary music, as well as creating non-operatic musical covers. He is also one of the founding members of an award-winning musical group called The Bass Gang, which was formed during the pandemic, and consists of four bass singers that collaborate virtually from all over the world. They have released three EPs, as well as numerous singles, amassing over 15 million views/streams between YouTube and Spotify alone.