Norman Garrett

Baritone

Biography

American baritone Norman Garrett, whose performances have been called “scene-stealing” by the New York Times, is enjoying a varied and exciting career. In the 2019/20 season, Mr. Garrett will return to Washington National Opera where he will perform Masetto in Don Giovanni, as well as Jake in Porgy and Bess. He will also make his Metropolitan Opera debut, singing Jim in Porgy and Bess.

In the 2018/19 season, Mr. Garrett made his house debut at Houston Grand Opera as Ríolobo in Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas and returned to Washington National Opera as Lieutenant Gordon in Silent Night. He also made his mainland Europe debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich as Larkens in La Fanciulla del West, as Jochanaan in Salome with Dayton Opera, and as Crown in Porgy and Bess with Fort Worth Opera. High profile concert appearances included Carmina Burana with Bramwell Tovey and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl as well as at the Toronto Symphony with Donald Runnicles.

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Reviews

“Norman Garrett, an alumnus of [Washington National Opera’s] Domingo-Cafritz program… was imposing both vocally and physically as Ford, the husband of one of the women Falstaff is pursuing.”

Anne Midgette

The Washington Post

“The Ford of baritone Norman Garrett [was] towering in presence and both powerful and refined in sound.”

Charles T. Downey

Ionarts

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“Norman Garrett, an alumnus of [Washington National Opera’s] Domingo-Cafritz program… was imposing both vocally and physically as Ford, the husband of one of the women Falstaff is pursuing.”

Anne Midgette – The Washington Post

“The Ford of baritone Norman Garrett [was] towering in presence and both powerful and refined in sound.”

Charles T. Downey – Ionarts

“Norman Garrett stood out [as] Captain Gardiner.”

Anne Midgette – The Washington Post

“The piece was luxuriously cast with two of the stars of the current Domingo-Cafritz young artists, [including] Norman Garrett.”

Anne Midgette – The Washington Post

“Norman Garrett’s elegant basso cantante and crisp diction were the opera’s conscience.”

Susan Dormady Eisenberg – The Huffington Post

“Aida’s father — the captured Ethiopian king Amonasro… [was] commandingly sung by Norman Garrett.”

Mark Swed – The Los Angeles Times

“As the kids’ good-hearted but n’er-do-well Dad, Peter, baritone Norman Garrett put together an uncanny combination of bluster and affection in his interpretation of the role. Possessing a large, impressive instrument, Mr. Garrett skillfully managed to re-shape his voice to accommodate his role to this production’s more intimate setting.”

Terry Ponick – The Washington Times

“Fortunately, the performances were excellent: in the title role of the bloodthirsty Dahomey prince, baritone Norman Garrett scored a personal triumph.”

Brian Kellow – Opera News