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Robert Barefield

Associate Professor of Voice


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Baritone Robert Barefield has performed as soloist with organizations throughout the United States and in Europe, including the New Orleans Opera, Connecticut Concert Opera, Hartford Opera Theatre, the Mississippi Symphony, the Arizona Opera, the Dorian Opera Theatre, the Central City Opera, the Ohio Light Opera and Operafestival di Roma in Italy.

Operatic roles have included Danilo in The Merry Widow, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Sid in Albert Herring, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, John Proctor in Robert Ward's The Crucible and the title roles in Don Giovanni and Gianni Schicchi. As an oratorio soloist, Barefield's performances have included Carmina Burana, the Fauré Requiem, The Sea Symphony and Dona Nobis Pacem of Vaughan Williams and Handel's Messiah. An accomplished recitalist, Robert Barefield's wide-ranging repertoire has encompassed works such as Schubert's Winterreise and Die Schöne Müllerin, Vaughan Williams' Songs of Travel and premiere performances of works by contemporary composers such as Lowell Liebermann, Robert Maggio and David Conte. His European recital performances have included venues in Austria, Germany and Spain.

In 2008, Barefield performed the role of Bishop Zumarraga in the world premiere of James DeMars' opera,Guadalupe - Our Lady of the Roses. These performances were recorded and released by Canyon Records. Two Plus One, Barefield's CD of art song duets (with soprano Carole FitzPatrick and pianist Eckart Sellheim) was released by Cavalli Records of Bamberg, Germany. Another CD, Occident Meets Orient (with Carole Fitzpatrick and pianist Russell Ryan), was released in January 2015 by Albany Records.

He has made presentations at national conferences of leading music organizations and his articles on voice-related topics have appeared in The Journal of Singing, The American Music Teacher, and The Music Educator's Journal. Barefield received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he was a Corbett Opera Scholar.

He is Associate Professor at the Hartt School in Connecticut, having served on music faculties at Arizona State University, Southern Methodist University and others. His summer activities have included performing and teaching at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Operafestival di Roma, the Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg and the Institute for European Studies in Vienna, Austria. Robert Barefield’s current and former voice students are active as performers and educators throughout the country.