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CHERYL
BARKER
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CHAN 3070M
Puccini
Madam Butterfly
CHAN 3138M
Janacek
The Makropulos Case
CHAN 3145M
Janacek
Katya Kabanova
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BIOGRAPHY

Australian born Cheryl Barker studied in Melbourne with Dame Joan Hammond and in London with David Harper, and pursues an active opera and concert career. In Australia, she appears regularly with Opera Australia, where her roles have included Nedda (Pagliacci), the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), Mimì (La Bohème), Violetta  (La traviata), Donna Elvira  (Don Giovanni), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), all three soprano roles in Il trittico, Desdemona (Otello) and the title roles in Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Jenufa, Rusalka and Arabella. She has also sung with Victoria State Opera, Opera Queensland and New Zealand Opera.

Internationally, Cheryl Barker is particularly noted for her performances of Madama Butterfly, singing this role for English National Opera, De Vlaamse Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Paris Opera, Deutsche Oper, Berlin and most recently for The Netherlands Opera. Her other international appearances include Jenifer (A Midsummer Marriage) for The Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Tatyana and Adina (L’elisir d’amore) for Scottish Opera; Oksana (Christmas Eve), Foreign Princess (Rusalka), both the Governess and Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw), Musetta (La bohème), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) for English National Opera; the title role in Maria Stuarda for ReisOper; Violetta for Hamburg State Opera and the Deutsche Oper; and the title role in Suor Angelica and Liù (Turandot) for De Vlaamse Opera.

She appears regularly on the recital and concert platform and her many recordings for Chandos include Dyson’s Quo Vadis, and as part of the Opera in English series, Emilia Marty (The Makropulos Case), and the title roles in Madama Butterfly, Katya Kabanova and Rusalka.

Her recent engagements include the title role in Manon Lescaut for Opera Australia, Giorgetta and Suor Angelica (Il trittico), Tosca, Salome and Emilia Marty for English National Opera, Emilia Marty for Netherlands Opera, Mimì and Desdemona (Otello) for De Vlaamse Opera, the title role in Katya Kabanova in Geneva and for Welsh National Opera, Sarah in the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s The End of the Affair and Madama Butterfly for Houston Grand Opera.

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CHAN 10061
Dyson
Quo Vadis

'A disturbing, uplifting and revelatory spiritual and musical journey, then, presented here in all its wide range of colour by a superb quartet o...
CHAN 10449
Dvorak
Rusalka

A final choice must remain marginal, but anyone who wants a new-minted version of one of the most magical of all operas – with the harp signalling...
CHAN 10568
Within a Dream
A Celebration of the Artistry of Richard Hickox (1948-2008)

“A much-loved musician is fondly remembered and a Foundation launched.”...

CHAN 3070
Puccini
Madam Butterfly

'…another in Chandos' splendid Opera in English series…'...
CHAN 3138
Janacek
The Makropulos Case

Barker conveys the title character’s coolness and vulnerability with real power, and she has excellent support from Brubaker and Wegn...
CHAN 3140
Puccini
Arias

… an exquisite Marguerite from Mary Plazas. It’s am elegant and immaculate portrayal....
CHAN 3145
Janacek
Katya Kabanova

An English language Katya Kabanova is the latest in the Chandos/ Peter Moores Foundation series of Opera in English, which has already giv...
CHAN 3161
Great Operatic Arias
Cheryl Barker, Volume 21

“…it is a pleasure to have her remarkable talents represented on a recital disc. One of the disc&rs...