Peter Barber is an American bass-baritone and recent graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts. During his time at AVA, Peter performed numerous roles, including; the title role in Don Giovanni, Schaunard in La Bohème, and Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin. In October of 2021, he made his professional role and company debut with Salt Marsh Opera, performing Escamillo in Carmen. Last summer, Peter joined The Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Singer, covering Fiorello in The Barber of Seville, and performing Truffaldin in Ariadne auf Naxos during the Apprentice Scenes program. This summer, Peter is returning to Music Academy of the West (’19) to perform Colline in La Bohème with Daniela Candillari conducting. In the Fall, he will be joining the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio at Arizona Opera, performing three principal roles in the 2023-2024 season (Basilio in The Barber of Seville, Capulet in Romeo and Juliette, and Masetto in Don GiovanniI), as well as covering two significant roles (Alfonse and De Lacey) in the world premiere of Frankenstein by Gregg Kallor.
Throughout the virtual season of 2020-2021, Peter performed in three recitals with the Academy of Vocal Arts, earning reviews like, "...command over the full range of his voice from top to bottom was unshakeable" for his presentation of Schubert's "Der Wanderer." In January of 2020, he made his professional debut with Pacific Opera Project, performing Amantio in POP's double-bill production of Gianni Schicchi and L'enfant et les Sortilèges. Also with POP, Peter was to perform his first professional lead role as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, but the shows were cancelled due to COVID-19. Some of his other role highlights include: Bottom in Midsummer Night's Dream, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Stobrod/Blindman in Cold Mountain, Sarastro in The Magic Flute, and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte. Peter was an Encouragement Award winner in the Western Region Finals of the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition. He is currently in the voice studio of Bill Schuman.
Outside of the opera world, Peter has grown a substantial audience on YouTube, surpassing 90,000 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 a musical group called The Bass Gang (Bobby Bass, Peter Barber, Tomi P, and Marwan Ayman), which was formed during the pandemic, and consists of four bass singers that collaborate virtually from all over the world. They released their first EP in May of 2021 (May the Bass Be With You, Vol. 1), and released their second EP in May of 2022 (May the Bass Be With You, Vol. 2), collaborating with some of the most exciting singers in the virtual landscape (MALINDA, Jonathan Young, Colm McGuinness, and Elliott Robinson). Just recently, they collaborated with Tim Foust, the bass singer for world-famous acapella group, Home Free. So far, The Bass Gang has amassed over 3 million views/streams between YouTube and Spotify alone.