Stefan Barner

Biography

Stefan Barner is 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.” Recently making a role and company debut with Virginia Opera, Mr. Barner sang Beppe in I Pagliacci and the Younger Brother in Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins. Other highlights from 2016 include singing Steve Hubbel in A Streetcar Named Desire with Tulsa Opera; Rudolph in Evangilne with The Longfellow Chorus; the title role in Faust with Boston Opera Collaborative and the title role in Idomeneo again with BOC, for which he was praised for his “masterful command of both style and technique.” In 2017, Mr. Barner will sing the role of Algernon Moncrieff in Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest with Odyssey Opera, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Salt Marsh Opera, Camille in The Merry Widow with the Worcester Schubertiade, and the Padre in Man of La Mancha with New Repertory Theatre.

Mr. Barner has previously performed with a number of opera companies across the United States and abroad including Nashville Opera, Tulsa Opera, Knoxville Opera, Opera Columbus, Glimmerglass Opera, 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.

Mr. Barner also enjoys being active on the oratorio stage. Recent performances include Handel’s Messiah with Bartlesville Choral Society and the Signature Strings where he was last seen as the tenor soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana; Mr. Barner has also been the tenor soloist with the New Bedford Choral Society performing Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicoali; All Saint’s Parish and Falmouth Chorale in Mozart’s Missa Brevis, and in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Back Bay Chorale.

A native of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Mr. Barner has been selected numerous times as a finalist in both the NATS and MTNA Iowa competitions. Mr. Barner was awarded second place in the Baru Atlanta Competition in 2009 and in 2010 was a winner at the Metropolitan National Council Auditions, East Tennessee district. He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife, soprano Rachele Schmiege; and studies with Dr. Rebecca Folsom.

Repertoire

OPERATIC REPERTOIRE
Composer Role Work Company Year
Dvořák Prince Rusalka Resonance Works 2018
Lehár Camille The Merry Widow Worcester Schuberiade 2017
Leigh Padre Man of La Mancha New Repertory Theatre 2017
Puccini Goro Madama Butterfly Opera Theatre Connecticut 2017
Barry Algernon The Importance of Being Earnest Odyssey Opera 2017
Puccini Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi Salt Marsh Opera 2017
Leoncavallo Beppe I Pagliacci Virginia Opera 2016
Weill Brother The Seven Deadly Sins Virginia Opera 2016
Mozart Idomeneo Idomeneo Boston Opera Collaborative 2016
Mascagni Fredrico L’amico Fritz Boston Midsummer Opera 2016
Donizetti Spiridone Il Campanello Boston Midsummer Opera 2016
Previn Steve Hubbell A Streetcar Named Desire Tulsa Opera 2016
Gounod Faust Faust et Marguerite Boston Opera Collaborative 2016
Glass Tenor Hydrogen Jukebox Nashville Opera 2015
Gounod Tybalt Romeo et Juliette Tulsa Opera 2015
Mozart Ferrando Cosí fan tutte Greater Worcester Opera 2014
Bizet Le Remendado Carmen Tulsa Opera 2014
Harbison Jay Gatsby The Great Gatsby Tulsa Opera Studio 2014
Aldridge Frank Shallard Elmer Gantry Tulsa Opera 2014
Rorem Joe Crowell Our Town Monadnock Music Festival 2013
Gounod Benvolio Romeo et Juliette Des Moines Metro Opera 2013
Verdi The Messenger Aida Tulsa Opera 2013
Loesser Ciccio The Most Happy Fella Tulsa Opera 2013
Wilson Jacey Squires The Music Man Glimmerglass Festival 2012
Puccini Trin La fanciulla del West Nashville Opera 2012
Mozart Don Basilio/Don Cursio Le Nozze di Figaro Nashville Opera 2011
ORATORIO/CONCERT
Composer Work
Mozart Missa Brevis
Mozart Requiem
Beethoven Missa Solemnis
Haydn Missa Sancti Nicolai
Handel Messiah

In The Press

Cosí fan tutte

“Barner is 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.” – Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Elmer Gantry

“At the other end of the emotional spectrum is Stefan Michael Barner as Frank, whose aria about his own loss of faith, and how he wishes to sing with conviction the hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” is a marvelous, heartbreaking moment.” – Tulsa World

Seven Deadly Sins

“Bass Christopher Morales (an amusingly bearded, hair-in-curlers Mother), tenor Bille Bruley (Father), tenor Stefan Barner (Brother I) and baritone Lee Gregory (Brother II) offered sturdy, vivid vocalism and clearly relished bringing the characters to life.” – Opera News

I Pagliacci

“Barner sang tenderly as Beppe.” – Opera News

Idomeneo

“As the Cretan monarch, tenor Stefan Barner proved the true king of this show, ruling over his costars with masterful command of both style and technique. His stage persona carried impressive gravitas, and of all the singing actors onstage, Barner seemed the most at home in his character and his vocal part. He managed the punishing second-act “Fuor del mar” aria with aplomb, imbuing the high notes with a heroic ring. He is a pleasure to listen to in this repertoire; I am eager to hear more from this rising Mozartian.” – The Boston Musical Intelligencer

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