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            Peter Barber is an American bass-baritone and Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts. In October of 2021, he made his professional role and company debut with Salt Marsh Opera, performing Escamillo in Carmen. In February of 2022, Peter made with 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. 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. In the Fall, he performed the role of Barone Douphol in La Traviata, and is currently preparing the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni to be performed in April/May 2023 with AVA. Next summer, Peter will be returning to Music Academy of the West (’19) to perform Colline in La Bohème with Daniela Candillari conducting.

            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 is currently in the voice studio of Bill Schuman.

            

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Outside of the opera world, Peter has grown a substantial audience on YouTube, surpassing 65,000 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 up-and-coming singers in the virtual landscape (MALINDA, Jonathan Young, Colm McGuinness, and Elliott Robinson). So far, The Bass Gang has amassed over 2 million views/streams between YouTube and Spotify alone. 

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