Peter Barber is an American bass-baritone and Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts. In October, he will be making his professional role and company debut with Salt Marsh Opera, performing the role of Escamillo in Carmen. 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." If not cancelled due to COVID-19, Peter would have joined The Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Singer in 2020, covering the roles of Sarastro in The Magic Flute and The Hunter in Rusalka. 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 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, Bartolo in The Barber of Seville, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, and the Mikado in The Mikado.
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, and hopes to pursue a career in operatic performance after his time at AVA.