Peter Barber is an American bass-baritone and recent graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts. Now, he finds himself in the Marion Roose Pullin Studio at Arizona Opera, where he is currently covering Alfonse and De Lacey in the world premiere of Frankenstein by Gregg Kallor. In the Spring 2024 season at Arizona Opera, Peter will be performing Basilio in The Barber of Seville, Count Capulet in Romeo and Juliette, and Masetto in Don Giovanni, while covering Leporello. Last summer, he returned to Music Academy of the West (’19) to perform Colline in La Bohème under the baton of Daniela Candillari.
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. 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. Peter continues to study with Bill Schuman.
Outside of the opera world, Peter has grown a substantial audience on YouTube, surpassing 120,000 subscribers via videos with in-depth musical analysis of contemporary music, musical covers, and full-length conversations with voice professionals, many of which have achieved significant acclaim in their respect fields. Some guests include; Lisette Oropesa, Janet Varney, Geoff Castellucci, Lauren Paley, and Elizabeth Zharoff. 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 collaborated virtually from all over the world until August of 2023 when they convened in Brno, Czechia to shoot professional music videos for their 3rd studio EP. 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). In the Spring of 2023, they collaborated with Tim Foust, the bass singer for world-famous acapella group, Home Free (Tim has also been a guest on Peter’s YouTube channel). So far, The Bass Gang has amassed over 5 million views/streams between YouTube and Spotify alone.