Welcome to the website of Barry Webb, Tenor, Composer, Teacher, Opera and Artistic Director.
Barry Webb has sung with the Royal Opera House, Bayreuth Festival, La Scala Milan and other International companies.
He has appeared in opera, concerts, choral events, film and recording sessions.
As well as his career as a singer, he directs opera, composes and teaches singing, song writing, and music, and oversees various music projects.
Barry studied philosophy at Corpus Christi College Cambridge. At university he sang at Clare College, Jesus College, and was a Choral Exhibitioner at Corpus Christi. After teaching in London and studying singing privately with Kenneth Bowen of the Royal Academy of Music, he joined the opera course at the the Royal Northern College of Music, on an Entrance Scholarship awarded by the tenor Alexander Young, studying with Joseph Ward and Barbara Robotham. After this he studied opera at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) with Joan Alexander as his teacher. Settling in London afterwards, his teachers were Edward Brooks FRCM and Alberto Remedios CBE.
- Don Ramiro (Cenerentola) on tour for Pimlico Opera, including performances at Wormwood Scrubs and St John`s Smith Square.
- Third Jew (Salome) for the Swedish Festival Folk Opera with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival.
- An Apprentice (Meistersingers, Wagner) for the Royal Opera House.
- Officer and Caporal in Le Huron by Gretry at the Buxton Festival.
- Don Ottavio for British Youth Opera.
- Don Ottavio (cover) for Scottish Opera.
- Un messaggero (Il Trovatore) for Dublin Grand Opera Society.
- Lensky (Eugene Onegin) for Co-Opera.
- Tamino (Magic Flute) for Bloomsbury Opera.
- Count Almaviva (Barber of Seville) for The Opera Company.
- Count Ory (Rossini) for Windsor and Eton Operatic Society.
- Philip (The Dinner Engagement, Berkeley) Mozart and Salieri (Rimsky-Korsakov) as a student at the RSADM.
- Guillot (Massenet) as a student at the RNCM.
- “The 'new' Three Tenors” corporate concerts, replacing Russell Watson, at the Hermitage Hotel Monte Carlo for the Wolsely Group, in Marbella for Peugeot and a UK tour including the NEC Birmingham for the 1999 Motor Show.
- The Hacienda night club in Manchester in cabaret evenings, with Jonathan Nott, now conductor of Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.
- Brompton Opera Tours (on the ship the Queen Elizabeth 2), introduced by Opera Magazine editor Rodney Milnes.
- Bloomsbury Opera 1994 to 1998, concerts in the UK, including the Bath Pump House.
- John Currie Singers concerts in Scotland and the Virtuosi of Scotland. Concerts including Acis and Galatea, the Messiah, Nelson Mass, Harmoniemesse, Berliner Requiem, Mass in A, Stravinsky.
- Haddo House Choral and Operatic Society, Messiah.
- Liverpool Opera Circle. Goro in Madam Butterfly.
- Friends of Scottish Opera. Operatic Evening at Barjarg Tower and Ye Cronies in Dumfries and Galashiels.
- Holywell Music Room, Concert performance of The Mikado.
- Various Choral Societies in the UK.
- King Arthur, Purcell (for which he edited the libretto, conductor Martin Andre) at Corpus Christi College Cambridge in the Old Court and at Minack Theatre Cornwall, the first full opera to be performed there. Both in the open air.
- Eugene Onegin at the Theatre Artaud Kensington London with Co-Opera in 1993 .
- Magic Flute at Coram’s Fields Holborn London as an open-air production with Bloomsbury Opera in 1995.
- Some of the directors he has worked with as a singer include Elijah Moshinsky, Franco Zeffirelli, Keith Warner, David Poutney, Christoph Schlingensief, Wolfgang Wagner.
- Pegasus Opera`s London Programme Organiser and Funding Co-ordinator, raising finances from public and private sources for opera productions and organising educational workshops.
- He founded Co-opera in London in 1993.
- He founded Bloomsbury Opera in London (1995 to 1998).
- In 2009 he founded Klaster Studios, Prague, presenting concerts and opera performances throughout the Czech Republic and Germany
REVIEWS AND COMMENDATIONS
Barry Webb, the splendid tenor soloist, switched from Richard Tauber to stammering Straviskian tartness. Raymond Monelle. Independent.
Barry Webb gave good shape to Lensky`s lines. Nick Kimberley. Opera Magazine.
There were neatly drawn vignettes by… Barry Webb as Curzio. Anthony Payne.
PICTURES ON THE WEBSITE INCLUDE...
- Top scroll
a. Barry Webb at the piano singing cabaret,
b. The headquarters of Klaster Studios in Nepomuk, Czech Republic,
c. Cast photo for King Arthur by Purcell with Fletcher Players Opera.
2. Second row down
a. Barry Webb,
b. Eugene Onegin with C0-Opera,
c. over the roof tops from his flat in Covent Garden with the Royal Opera House in the background.
3. Other pictures
a. Magic Flute news paper clipping, with Bloomsbury Opera,
b. view from headquarters of Klaster Studios of Zelena Hora or Green Mountain.
1. Nessun dorma. Barry Webb.
Live performance. Bloomsbury Opera concert. Bath Pump Room.
2. Count Almaviva.
Live performance. The Opera Company. Canterbury.
3. Damon. Acis and Galatea. Handel. Live performance. Glasgow. John Currie singers.
4. Where er you walk. Private recording, AGED 11 !!
For singing, directing and composition projects I can be contacted by the Email below or via the contact form here.
I am based in the North of England but am able to travel.
I also teach and can be contacted as in the E mail below and through my teaching website www.voicelessonsliverpool.co.uk
BARRY WEBB M.A (Cantab.), Post Graduate Certificate of Education
General singing and directing enquiries, firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching information, email@example.com
Klaster Studios, an Arts, Music and Heritage project in Nepomuk in the Czech Republic, details to be found at