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Brett Polegato

Baritone

Brett Polegato's artistic sensibility has earned him the highest praise from audiences and critics: “his is a serious and seductive voice” says The Globe and Mail, and The New York Times has praised him for his “burnished, well-focused voice” which he uses with “considerable intelligence and nuance.” He appears regularly on the world's most distinguished stages including those of Lincoln Center, La Scala, the Concertgebouw, the Opéra National de Paris, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, the Teatro Real, Roy Thomson Hall, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, and has collaborated with conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Andris Nelsons, Robert Haitink, Seiji Osawa, Jeffrey Tate, Marc Minkowski, and Martyn Brabbins. He can be heard as soloist in the Grammy Awards’ Best Classical Recording of 2003 - Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony (Telarc) with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Robert Spano. Brett's 2013/2014 season started with a role debut: he sang his first Ford in Falstaff for Pacific Opera Victoria. In November, he traveled to Winnipeg to perform Doctor Malatesta in Don Pasquale for Manitoba Opera and in December, he appeared with Symphony Nova Scotia in performances of Handel's Messiah. After January concerts with the Eybler Quartet of a new transcription of Schumann's Dichterliebe in both Toronto and St. Catharines, he travels to Atlanta for February concerts and a recording of Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem with the Atlanta Symphony and conductor, Robert Spano. In March, he revisits one of his signature roles: the title role in Don Giovanni for Vancouver Opera, then follows that with another role debut: Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa, in Don Carlo also for Vancouver Opera. He concludes his busy season in Buenos Aires in June, where he will appear as Gowan Stevens in a new opera by Oscar Stasnoy entitled “Requiem” for Teatro Colòn.

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