Brett Polegato

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Voice
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Brett Polegato

Baritone

Canadian baritone and Niagara Falls native Brett Polegato appears regularly on the world's most distinguished stages including those of LincolnCenter, La Scala and Carnegie Hall. Three-time Grammy award winner, 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.

Brett has made a name for himself in a number of dramatic roles, most notably the title roles in Eugene Onegin and Don Giovanni. He has also appeared as the title role in Wozzeck for Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre and the title role in Pelléas et Mélisande for the Paris Opera. Equally at home on the concert stage, Brett has appeared with most every major orchestra and has given recitals in many of the world’s most important concert halls.

Last season, Mr. Polegato made his role debut as Amfortas in Wagner’s Parsifal with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conducting, as well as appearances as Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde for both the Opera di Roma and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. In June, he appeared as the Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass with the Orchestra National de Lille in France, and made his debut as Balstrode in concert performances of Britten’s Peter Grimes with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Future engagements include Howie Albert in Blanchard’s Champion for the Opéra de Montréal, Rodrigo in Don Carlo for Grange Park Opera (UK), and in July of 2019, he will make his recital debut at London’s famous Wigmore Hall.

In addition to the Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, his recordings include the Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem (ASO Media), Ben Moore’s Ode To A Nightingale (Delos), his critically praised solo disc, To A Poet, with pianist Iain Burnside (CBC Records) and a live period-instrument recording of Messiah: with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chorus (Tafelmusik).