Biography - Barnaby Beer
Barnaby Beer studied French and German at Bristol University. He has performed frequently for Opera South East, and his roles since 2009 have included Marco/Gianni Schicchi, Colline/La Boheme, Captain Corcoran/HMS Pinafore and most recently Zuniga/Carmen.
He was a Choral Scholar at Bristol Cathedral throughout his university career. Barnaby continued his strong interest in music by participating in many university performances, including a fully staged production of Cosi fan Tutte, in which he performed the role of Don Alfonso. Barnaby has a Certificate of Higher Education: Opera Performance at Birkbeck College, where he performed scenes from L’incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi, Don Giovanni, Mozart, Pelleas et Melisande and Greek (Mark-Anthony Turnage), worked with directors William Relton, Caroline Gawn and Michael Moxam and conductors Philip Headlam and Ian Page. During his Gap Year, as part of the Leonardo da Vinci Exchange Programme, he sang with the Hamburg State Opera Chorus. Barnaby has also recorded professionally for both EMI Classics and BBC Radio 3.
He has performed twice for Hampstead Garden Opera: firstly as Showman/Sergeant in Hugh the Drover, for which his performance garnered great critical acclaim, and secondly as Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte, which won Best Opera Production in the 2012 Off West End Theatre Awards. Other operatic roles include Mandarin/Turandot, Mr. Gobineau/The Medium and Ben/The Telephone. He has also sung the role of Benoit/La Bohème for the silent Opera at the Vault Festival in London.
On the concert platform he is a regular soloist with the Bexhill Choral Society, and his repertoire includes Haydn's Creation, Mozart's Requiem and Bach's St. John Passion. He has performed recitals in Sussex, Devon and London. In July he makes his title role debut as Don Giovanni for Summertime Opera in London.