Peter Barber is an American bass-baritone and Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts. In October, he made his professional role and company debut with Salt Marsh Opera, performing the role of Escamillo in Carmen. In February of 2022, Peter made his role debut with AVA as Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, followed just a few months later by Schaunard in La Bohème, under the baton of Maestro Christofer Macatsoris. Next up, he will join The Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singer Program, covering the role of Fiorello in The Barber of Seville.
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, Peter 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, he was to perform his first professional lead role as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, but the shows were cancelled. 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 has competed in numerous competitions, including: The Vincerò World Singing Competition, The Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, the Washington International Competition, the Butler Opera Invitational, and the Lois Alba Aria Competition. Peter was also the winner of the USC Concerto Chamber Orchestra Aria Competition in 2018, and the Outstanding Graduate Award upon graduating from USC in May 2020. Peter is currently in the voice studio of Bill Schuman.
Outside of the opera world, Peter has grown a substantial audience on YouTube, surpassing 50,000 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 four 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 bass singers that collaborate virtually from all over the world. They released their first EP last summer, entitled May the Bass Be With You, Vol. 1, and just released their second EP, entitled May the Bass Be With You, Vol. 2, collaborating with some of the most exciting up-and-coming singers in the virtual landscape (MALINDA, Jonathan Young, Colm McGuinness, and Elliott Robinson). So far, The Bass Gang has amassed over 1 million views/streams between YouTube and Spotify alone.