Norman Garrett

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.

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.