Biraj Barkakaty

Biraj Barkakaty

Countertenor

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2017Sasquatch : The OperaCountertenor
2017Vivaldi: Gloria, Rv 589, D MajorCountertenor
2016variousRecital
2016ShulamitEunuch
2016Handel: Rinaldo (Mago)Countertenor
2015MasadaAlto soloist
2014Charpentier M.A.: ActéonChasseur
2014Pastiche Baroque operaVARIOUS
2014Vivaldi: Gloria, RV 589, D majorAlto soloist
2014Simonette : Larry LipkisPino
2013VealAlto soloist
2012Sweet DreamsThe child
2012Three Weeks : Yoav Gaal , composerPangar
2012Handel : Various Choral WorksProfessional Choral Ensemble : Alto Soloist (quartet)
2011Britten: A Midsummer Night's DreamOberon
2011Bernstein: Missa BrevisAlto soloist
2011Vivaldi: Gloria, RV 589, D majorAlto soloist (Agnus Dei)
2010Bach J.S.: Mass, BWV 232, B minorAlto soloist
2010Bach J.S.: Cantata No. 134, BWV 134 (Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiß)Alto soloist
2010Bernstein: Chichester PsalmsAlto soloist
2010Handel: AriodantePolinesso
2009Handel: Giulio Cesare in EgittoTolomeo
2009Britten: A Midsummer Night's DreamOberon
2007Handel: SillaSilla ( North American Premiere)
2005Britten: A Midsummer Night's DreamOberon
2005Countertenor
2004Countertenor
2004Gluck: Orfeo Ed EuridiceCountertenor
2004Countertenor
2003Countertenor
2002Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di PoppeaCountertenor
2000Simonette : Larry LipkisPino

Bio



A native of London, England, Biraj's recent engagements include include being the first Countertenor invited to perform at the renowned Mallery Recital Series at Rutgers University in February, the role debut of The Eunuch in Dina Pruzhansky's 'Shulamit' at the JCC Manhattan in March, and the role of Pino in the world premiere workshop of Larry Lipkis''Simonetta'. Opera credits include the Chasseur in Charpentier's Acteon with Haymarket Opera, the Alto Soloist in the World Premiere of 'Veal' by Harrison Atelier, Pangar in the concert premiere of 3 Weeks by Yoav Gaal at LABA, and the world premiere of Empire Opera's Sweet Dreams , where Biraj created the role of the Child. Other roles include Oberon with the Aspen Music Festival in 2011 conducted by Jane Glover , and the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv in 2009, Polinesso in Handel’s Ariodante for the Hub Opera Ensemble in 2010, Tolomeo with Bel Cantanti Opera (2009), and the title in role in the US premiere of Handel's Silla at the Bay Area Opera Institute under the musical direction of Jennifer Peterson (2007). This summer he will attend the Verbier Festival with Mastervoices, and he will also be a featured singer in the upcoming web TV series The Opera Den, produced by Classical Voice Television.
He currently resides in Washington DC, where is a member of the choir at the Washington National Cathedral.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Handel: Esther, Hwv 50a Countertenor Music of the Baroque, Chicago 2018
Cavalli: Xerse Countertenor Ensemble OrQuesta 2018
Sasquatch : The Opera Countertenor Edinburgh International Festival 2017
Vivaldi: Gloria, Rv 589, D Major Countertenor Westmoreland Congregational UCC, Bethesda, MD 2017
various Recital Rutgers University 2016

Awards

Handel aria competetion :madison early music festival : finals runner up
2016
SEMI FINALIST : ClassiCAL IDOL 6: ROCHESTER ORATORIO SOCIETY
2016
SOPHIE'S SLIVER LINING FUND : AWARD WINNER
2016