Saturday, January 1, 2000

Cameron Barclay

Cameron Barclay
Biography for Cameron Barclay, Tenor

Tenor Cameron Barclay was a 2010/2011 PwC Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist for NBR New Zealand Opera. He has a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland.

He speaks English, French and Italian. Based in Auckland, Cameron has appeared as a soloist with choral ensembles including the Auckland Choral Society, the Bay of Islands Singers, the North Shore 100 Voice Chorale, the Pakuranga Choral Society, the Scholars pro Musica, the South Auckland Choral Society and the Tauranga Civic Choir. Cameron has appeared as soloist for Opera Factory, The Auckland Opera Studio, Opera Unleashed (Hamilton) and Operatunity. Since 2008 he has been a member of the NBR New Zealand Opera Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus. Cameron has also been a finalist in both the New Zealand Aria and Becroft Grand Aria competitions.

In 2009 he recorded Margaret Wegener’s Ode to a Nightingale with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the first recording of this work. Last year Cameron travelled to Italy taking part in Patricia’s Opera Tour where he performed alongside other young New Zealand opera singers and Dame Malvina Major in Tuscany and Rome as well as studying with Maestri Cristiano Del Monte, Gioacchino Zarrelli and Michael Aspinall. Cameron has appeared in master classes with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Malvina Major, Sir Andrew Davis, Siegfried Jerusalem, Paul Farrington and Jonathon Papp.

His opera roles to date include Second Villager, Pagliacci (NZO); Beppe (cover), Pagliacci (NZO), Beppe, Clownz School Tour (NZO), Harry, A Factory Opera; Councillor Silvertongue, Marriage à la mode; Alcino, Prima Donna; Poponel, The boy who grew too fast; Dr Miracle, Dr Miracle; Tim, Help Help the Globolinks!; Prologue/Peter Quint, The Turn of the Screw (Opera Factory) and the title role in Albert Herring (University of Auckland).

Cameron’s concert and oratorio repertoire include Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (The University of Auckland), Charpentier’s Judicium Salomonis and Le Reniement de St. Pierre (Scholars Pro Musica), Händel’s Messiah (Tauranga Civic Choir), Rameau’s Deus Noster (Scholars Pro Musica) and Saint-Säens’ Christmas Oratorio (South Auckland Choral Society).

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