Biraj Barkakaty

Performance highlights include Oberon with the Aspen Music Festival, 3rd Israelite with Music of the Baroque in Chicago, the title role in the world premiere of Cavalli’s Xerse with Ensemble OrQuesta, and Kenny Stiller in the world premiere of Keeper’s of the Light at the Nahant Music Festival in Boston.

Recent engagements include Cantata 12 with Bach Around the Clock in
Virginia, Fidele in ‘Diary of a Madman’ with Seattle’s LowBrow Opera Collective, and the Open Gates Project C3: with the Gotham Early Music Scene in NYC last year.

Biraj was an Alto Lay Clerk at St.George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle for 4 years where he performed in many tours, recordings and royal events, and was also a staff Alto with the full time professional choir at Washington National Cathedral from 2016-21. He also performed with the London based Siglo de Oro Vocal Ensemble at the Tager Alte Musik in Regensburg in 2021.

Other recent projects include Adnan in the world premiere of A Silver Spoon at the Beaumaris Festival in Wales in July with Keynote Opera and Ottone in The Coronation of Poppea with Capitol Opera Richmond in July. He was a featured artist with Faces of Early Music America Digital in 2022 and was a 2022 Young Artist on the joint opera mentorship/observorship program with Glyndebourne and Pegasus Opera.

Upcoming engagements include his musical theatre debut as Fakir in The Secret Garden with Theatre Lab Dayton next month, the role of Vasu in the Sanskrit opera Ganga at the National Opera Studio in London in June, the role of Mensajero Two in the staged UK premiere of Domenico Zipoli’s baroque opera Loyola with El Parnaso Hyspano at the Grimeborn Festival in August, and the role of Calavera in the UK premiere of Frida with the Norther Opera Group in Leeds in September.

'Superb Singer' Biraj Barkakaty 'duetted with spirited expressivity' displaying 'fine musicianship' and 'sparkling performances'

Jon Sobel, Blogcritics, for The Open Gates Project concert in NYC

Biraj Barkakaty gets the part of Bell-Nicholls spot on. The role is a great countertenor, for Barkakaty has a fine singing voice.

Mark Aspen, September 2023

Biraj Barkakaty, provides the thrills only that voice can close-up and personal.

Gary Naylor Aug. 12, 2023

Career
highlights

Career Highlights:

With over 10 years of professional singing experience, Biraj’s engagements have included several notable performances:

  • Merlin in the staged world premiere of Paul Richard’s ‘The Loathly Lady’ at the Vienna Summer Music Festival in Florida

  • Tirsi in Marco de Gagliano’s ‘La Dafne’ with the European Opera Academy in Bauska,  Latvia

  • Creating the role of Kenny Fuller in the world premiere of Francis Trester’s ‘Keepers of the Light’ at the Nahant Music Festival

  • the title role of Hercules in Handel’s ‘The Choice of  Hercules’ with Collegium Musicum Riga in Latvia

  • Ottone ‘ in The Coronation of Poppea’ with Capitol Opera Richmond in Virginia
  • Adnan‘ in the world premiere of A Silver Spoon, at the Beaumaris Festival in Wales.
  • Bell-Nicholls in Brontë, the Opera by Lisa Logan, libretto based on the play by Polly Teale.
  • Mensajero 2 in Loyola Grimeborn Festival, Arcola Theatre. Long lost 18th century opera resurrected.

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