American baritone Norman Garrett, who has been called “scene-stealing” by the New York Times, is enjoying a varied and exciting career. In the 2023/24 season, Mr. Garrett will make a house debut at San Francisco Opera, singing Abdul and Abe in Omar, return to LA Opera as Bob in William Grant Still’s Highway 1, USA and sing Masetto in Don Giovanni in a return to Houston Grand Opera. In concert, he will sing Carmina Burana with Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall.
In the 2022/23 season, Mr. Garrett made his LA Opera debut as Abdul in Omar, Garby in the world premiere of The Factotum and Dr. T in the world-premiere of Proximity, both at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as Ned in a new edition of Treemonisha with Opera Theatre of St. Louis. In concert, he
performed Vaughan-Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carol’s with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Messiah with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and Belshezzar’s Feast with Phoenix Symphony.
In recent seasons, Norman Garrett has performed Conte in Le nozze di Figaro with Seattle Opera, with Houston Grand Opera as Ríolobo in Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas, Escamillo in Carmen with Austin Opera, Opera Orlando, Opera Columbus, and Lubbock Symphony, the title role in Chausson’s Le roi Arthus with Bard SummerScape, the Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago as the Foreman/Adult James in Fire Shut Up in My Bones, the title role in Don Giovanni and Jochanaan in Salome, both with Dayton Opera, the title role in Delius’ Koanga with the Wexford Festival in Ireland, and Larkens in La fanciulla del West with the Bayerische Staatsoper.
In Porgy and Bess, Norman Garrett has sung Crown with Theater an der Wien, Glimmerglass Festival, University of Michigan and Fort Worth Opera, Jake with Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Elbphilharmonie Orchestra on tour at the Lucerne Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival with Alan Gilbert, and Jim with the Metropolitan Opera.
As a former Cafritz Young Artist at Washington National Opera, Norman Garrett has appeared as Ríolobo in Florencia en el Amazonas, Lieutenant Gordon in Silent Night, Papageno in TheMagic Flute, Masetto in Don Giovanni, the Father in Hansel and Gretel, a Steersman in Tristan und Isolde, Captain Gardiner in Jake Heggie’s Moby Dick, and the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori’s The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me.
Norman Garrett has made many important symphonic appearances, including Carmina Burana with Bramwell Tovey with the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and with Donald Runnicles and the Toronto Symphony, a Gershwin program conducted by Cristian Măcelaru and the Philadelphia Orchestra, a concert of American music with The Cleveland Orchestra, and the National Philharmonic for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Mr. Garrett is a former winner of the George London Foundation Competition, and has received top prizes in more than a dozen international vocal competitions, including the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation, the Jensen Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation, Fort Worth Opera’s McCammon Competition, and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Competition. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Texas Tech University and the Academy of Vocal Arts, where he was a resident artist.