Stefan Barner has been praised for his “masterful command of both style and technique” and recognized as a “vocal standout, with a vibrancy of tone and an exciting delivery that serve notice that he is a gifted lyric tenor with a big future ahead.” This season, Mr. Barner is thrilled to make a company and role debut as Eisenstien in MassOpera’s production of Die Fledermaus. Mr. Barner will also be the tenor soloist in Mendellsohn’s Elijah with both the Cambridge Community Singers and the Capella Cantorum. In 2018, Mr. Barner made a role and company debut as the Prince with Resonance Works Pittsburgh in their production of Dvorak’s Rusalka. He also returned to Odyssey Opera as Lucas in Gounod’s Le Medicin le malgre lui. Other recent highlights include: Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Salt Marsh Opera, Goro in Madama Butterfly with the Opera Theatre Connecticut, Algernon Moncrieff in Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest with Odyssey Opera, and the Padre in The Man of La Mancha with New Repertory Theatre.
Mr. Barner has performed with numerous opera companies across the United States and abroad including Virginia Opera, Nashville Opera, Tulsa Opera, Knoxville Opera, Opera Columbus, Glimmerglass Opera, Salt Marsh Opera, Opera Theatre Connecticut, Greater Worcester Opera, Boston Midsummer Opera, Monadnock Music Festival and Des Moines Metro Opera. Notable international performances include a return to the Glimmerglass Festival in 2012 as Jacey Squires in the company’s touring production of Meredith Wilson's The Music Man performing at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman. Mr. Barner made his international debut in 2009 singing B. F. Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy.
A native of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Mr. Barner currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife, soprano, Rachele Schmiege. www.stefanbarner.com