Tenor Barrett Radziun has performed widely throughout the United States, meriting critical acclaim for his performances in opera, oratorio, art song, and early music.
Following an April 2013 performance at The Longy School of Music in Cambridge MA, The Boston Musical Intelligencer described Radziun’s performance as “truly moving…effortless in rendering sensitivity.” Cleveland Classical wrote, “In particular, tenor Barrett Radziun was brilliant in his solo performances,” in response to his 2010 performance of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers at Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute.
Radziun is a graduate of the Bard College Conservatory of Music’s Vocal Arts Program, a two-year degree program culminating in a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance. The program is led by legendary American soprano Dawn Upshaw and pianist Kayo Iwama, both of whom Radziun worked with closely.
At Bard, Barrett sang Obadiah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the American Symphony Orchestra, and he was a featured soloist in J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion and Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, all under the baton of Bard College President Leon Botstein. In addition to his oratorio work, Radziun sang the role of Gloss in the world-premiere of Elena Langer’s one-act opera Four Sisters. He made his New York City debut at the Morgan Library, performing works by Aaron Jay Kernis and Bard colleague Andrés Martinez de Velasco. In 2012, Radziun shared the stage of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts with Ms. Upshaw in a performance entitled A Winter Songfest.
In the fall of 2013, Radziun was named to the faculty of the Bard College Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Division. At Bard Prep, Radziun teaches several vocal ensembles, in addition to private voice lessons.
In addition to his vocal training, Mr. Radziun is a pianist. His pianistic endeavors have led to performances in master classes for Lydia Artymiw, as well as national tours with his undergraduate school of music’s piano department. Radziun frequently collaborates with singers and instrumentalists in recital.
Radziun received his undergraduate training at the University of Northwestern – Saint Paul in Minnesota. He graduated with a degree in Vocal Performance and a minor in Biblical Studies, magna cum laude. He is an alumnus of programs including SongFest, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, Pacific Music Work’s Accademia d’Amore, and Amherst Early Music Festival.
In addition to Radziun’s musical pursuits, he is also the founder of The Tenor Chef, a small-scale catering company specializing in fine confections. Barrett has catered several events for prominent professionals in the classical music industry, including Joan Tower and Dawn Upshaw. Radziun is passionate about good food, and it is his mission in life to combine his love for culinary arts with his love for vocal arts.