Martin Bakari
United States



Martin Bakari is making his HGO debut. Elsewhere this season, Bakari will sing Mime in Das Rheingold at Seattle Opera, the tenor soloist in Messiah at Carnegie Hall with Oratorio Society of NY, Charlie Parker in Charlie Parker's Yardbird at Indianapolis Opera, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance at Kentucky Opera, Goro in Madama Butterfly at Opera Philadelphia, and the tenor soloist in Kodály's Psalmus Hungaricus with Grant Park Music Festival. His 2022-23 season included the role of Charlie Parker in Charlie Parker's Yardbird at New Orleans Opera and Dayton Opera, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance at Virginia Opera, the tenor soloist in the premiere of Moravec’s A Nation of Others at Carnegie Hall with Oratorio Society of NY, Messiah with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Pong in Turandot at Opera Colorado, Jalil/Wakil/Guard in A Thousand Splendid Suns at Seattle Opera, Carmina Burana with Symphony San Jose, a concert of arias and songs with the Harlem Chamber Players, and recitals of Paul Laurence Dunbar songs with Seattle Opera and German Lieder with Byron Schenkman at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. Since 2016, Bakari has joined NY Harlem Productions for tours of Porgy & Bess as both Sportin' Life and Mingo, which have marked his German debuts at Semperoper Dresden, Staatsoper Hamburg, Deutsches Theater München, Alte Oper Frankfurt, and the Kölner Philharmonie; his Israeli debuts in Haifa and Tel Aviv; and his Italian debut at Bari's Teatro Petruzzelli. Bakari has performed with Dallas Opera, Atlanta Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Arizona Opera, Washington National Opera, Portland Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and many other companies. A 2018 George London Competition award winner, Bakari also has received awards from the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, Orpheus Vocal Competition, Tanglewood, the Juilliard School, and Boston University. Bakari's recording of Grigory Smirnov's Dowson Songs (Naxos) was featured by Opera News as a "Critic's Choice" album.