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Mr. Raftery’s debut was with Luciano Pavarotti for The San Diego Opera’s production of La bohème. This debut and The Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award Winner’s concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall helped catapult Mr. Raftery to performances with the major opera houses and orchestras of the world. After a number of years at the University of Toronto Mr. Raftery has joined the full time faculty at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver as an Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera.

 

Notable debuts:

Théâtre du Châtelet-Paris ( Les pêcheurs de perles-Zurga), The Canadian Opera Company(Marcello),The Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden (Le Nozze di Figaro-Conte), Das Deutsche Oper Berlin (Marcello), The Glyndebourne Festival (Guglielmo),The Metropolitan Opera of New York (Manon Lescaut-Lescaut), Opéra de Paris (Il Barbiere di Siviglia-Figaro), Bayerische Staatsoper (Sharpless), Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro (Il Turco in Italia-Poeta),The San Fransisco Opera (Marcello), The Washington Opera (Il Barbiere di Siviglia-Figaro), Teatro alla Scala (La Vestale-Cinna)

 

Distinguished collaborators:

Alagna, Bartoli, Braun (V),Crespin, De Los Angeles, Dessay, Domingo, Freni, Ghiaurov, Gruberova, Horne, Kraus, Lorengar, Morris, Pavarotti, Quillico(L), Siepi, Taddei, Tomowa-Sintow, Vickers

 

Preeminent conductors:

Bartoletti, Bernardi, Bertini, Davis (Colin), Haitink, Jordan (Philip and Armin),Mazur, Muti, Oren, Ozawa, Patanè, Pritchard, Rilling, Rostropovich,Vernon, Zedda

 

Various orchestral concerts:

The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, The Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Das Gewandhausorchester (Leipzig), The Philadelphia Orchestra, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, “SWR” Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden, Washington D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra

 

Stage Directors:

Fo(Dario), Hall (Peter), Mansouri, Marthaler, Menotti, Mussbach, Newton (Christopher), Nunn (Trevor),Pizzi, Ponnelle, Savary, Szabó, Zambello

 

Teachers and Coaches:

Armen Boyajian, Bruno Cagli, Todd Duncan, Philip Gosett, Stuart Hamilton, Erica De Haar, Robert Kettleson, George London, John Moriarty, Janine Reiss, Richard Trimborn, Alberto Zedda

In fall of 2007 after a career spanning more than three decades, seventy operatic roles, numerous recitals and concerts worldwide Mr. Raftery joined the faculty at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music and in spring of 2014 accepted an appointment with the University of British Columbia, Vancouver as an Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera.