Baritone Robert Barefield has performed as soloist with organizations throughout the United States and in Europe, including the New Orleans Opera, 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 Don Giovanni, Danilo in The Merry Widow, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Sid in Albert Herring, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, the title role in Gianni Schicchi and John Proctor in Robert Ward’s The Crucible. 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 Simon Sargon, 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 on CD by Canyon Records. Two Plus One, Barefield’s CD of art song duets (with soprano Carole FitzPatrick and pianist Eckart Sellheim) was recently released by Cavalli Records of Bamberg, Germany. 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 recently joined the voice faculty at the Hartt School in Connecticut after having served on music faculties at Arizona State University, West Chester University and others. His current and former voice students are active as performers and educators throughout the country.