J Patrick Raftery

Tenor | Assistant Professor at the UBC School of Music

Opera Kelowna Summer Opera Program Faculty

Patrick Raftery’s professional debut was in 1979 when he sang Schaunard in La Boheme sharing the stage with Luciano Pavarotti. After his years at The Boston Conservatory and The Juilliard School of Music Mr. Raftery was taken up by The Richard Tucker Music Foundation and C.A.M.I. artists when his career soared and took him to all the major opera houses of the world in less than a decade until his debut at the Metropolitan Opera with Mirella Freni in Manon Lescaut, Mr. Raftery was one of America’s most prominent Baritones.

In August 1992, Mr. Raftery gave his first performances as a tenor, at New York’s Avery Fischer Hall in concert performances of Lucio Silla. The 1992/93 season included Erik in Der Fliegende Hollander, Florestan in Fidelio and Max in Jonny Spielt auf, all with the Opera of Leipzig. Immediately, the same company invited him to participate in their 300 year anniversary celebration by singing Grigori/Demitri in the acclaimed production of Boris Godunov by Oscar winning director Istvan Szabo.

Previously a member of the voice faculty at University of Toronto Professor Raftery joined the University of British Columbia, School of Music as an Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera in summer 2014.

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