Born in Newfoundland, tenor Michael Barrett is a former member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. Recent roles with the COC include Monostatos in DIE ZAUBERFLOTE, High Priest of Neptune in IDOMENEO, El Remendado in CARMEN, Lieutenant Bonnet and Aide de Camp to General Compans in WAR AND PEACE, First Prisoner in FIDELIO, the Gamekeeper in RUSALKA, Captain of Archers in SIMON BOCCANEGRA, Parpignol in LA BOHEME, Snout in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and Ferrando in the Ensemble Studio production of COSI FAN TUTTE. At the University of Toronto Opera School he performed many roles including Nemorino in L’ELISIR D’AMORE, Male Chorus in RAPE OF LUCRETIA and Eisenstein in DIE FLEDERMAUS. Michael regularly appears with the Aldeburgh Connection, where he performed in OUR STORY for the 25th Anniversary celebrations. Mr. Barrett’s 2011-2012 season included the Witch in the Canadian Opera Company’s touring production of HANSEL AND GRETEL, the world premiere of TAPTOO! for Toronto Operetta Theatre, MESSIAH with the Newfoundland Symphony and Spalanzani in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN for the COC and Quint in TURN OF THE SCREW for Against the Grain, an enterprising new company in Toronto. He will reprise the role of Spalanzani and add Nathanael in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN for Edmonton Opera in 2013. His COC assignments include the Third Jew in SALOME, the First Commisary in DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES and a return to the role of the Witch in the touring version of HANSEL AND GRETEL.