Canadian-Italian Brett Polegato is one of today’s most sought-after lyric baritones on the international stage. He has earned the highest praise from audiences and critics for his artistic sensibility and his “burnished, well-focused voice” (New York Times). His career has encompassed over fifty operatic roles at the world’s most prestigious venues including La Scala, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, the Teatro Real, Madrid, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Carnegie Hall, New York.
He makes his Irish National Opera debut in Madama Butterfly, and other highlights of the 2018-19 season include his role debut as Howie in Terence Blanchard’s Albert Champion (Opéra de Montréal), and his house debut at Wexford Festival Opera (Dr Talbot in the European premiere of William Balcom’s Dinner at Eight). He also returns to Grange Park Opera (Posa in Verdi’s Don Carlo) and makes his recital debut at the Wigmore Hall in London.
Recent performances include Kurwenal in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (Opera di Roma, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Opéra National de Bordeaux); the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (Grange Park Opera and Canadian Opera Company); Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (Palm Beach Opera); Amfortas in Wagner’s Parsifal (Festival de Lanaudière with Yannick Nézet-Séguin); the world premiere of Jeffrey Ryan's Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra); Starbuck Moby Dick and Lieutenant Audebert in Kevin Puts’s Silent Night (Calgary Opera), Posa in Verdi’s Don Carlos and the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Vancouver), Zurga in Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles and Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Seattle Opera) and Marcello in Puccini’s La bohème (Grange Park Opera).