“Dominating the evening was J. Patrick Raftery. A big, soaring, easily produced voice! What a star he seems destined to be!”

New York Times


J. Patrick Raftery’s professional debut was in 1979 when he sang Schaunard in La Boheme sharing the stage with Luciano Pavarotti. After his years at The Boston Conservatory and The Juilliard School of Music, Patrick was taken up by The Richard Tucker Music Foundation and C.A.M.I. artists when his career soared and took him to all the major opera houses of the world in less than a decade. Until his debut at the Metropolitan Opera with Mirella Freni in Manon Lescaut, Patrick was one of America’s most prominent baritones.

In August 1992, Patrick gave his first performances as a tenor at New York’s Avery Fischer Hall (now David Geffin Hall) in concert performances of Lucio Silla. The 1992/93 season included Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer, Florestan in Fidelio and Max in Jonny Spielt auf, all with the Opera of Leipzig. Immediately, the same company invited him to participate in their 300-year anniversary celebration by singing Grigori/Demitri in the acclaimed production of Boris Godunov by Oscar winning director Istvan Szabo.


  • Play $"A North American Songbook" (album with Mark Anderson, piano)

    "A North American Songbook" (album with Mark Anderson, piano)

  • "Auf dem Strom" with Valerie Whitney and Richard Epp (Schubert)

  • Play $Vancouver Opera Offstage podcast: Episode 17

    Vancouver Opera Offstage podcast: Episode 17

  • Play $OPERABIZ podcast: Episode 1022

    OPERABIZ podcast: Episode 1022

  • In recital with Mark Anderson, piano (Morawetz)

  • In recital with Terrence Dawson, piano (Duparc)

  • Largo al Factotum (The Tucker Foundation, intro by Beverly Sills)

  • Trovatore duet with Anna Tomowa-Sintow (Chicago Lyric Opera)

  • "L’occasione fa il ladro" duet with Luciana Serra (Pesaro Festival)

Schedule & History

  • UBC Choirs: Rise, Heart

    Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Oct 29, 2021

    Vaughan Williams
  • UBC Symphony Orchestra

    Britten Serenade for tenor and horn

    Nov 23, 2019

    Tenor Soloist
    Benjamin Britten
    Jonathan Girard
    Valerie Whitney
  • Vancouver Opera

    La Bohème

    Feb 14, 16, 19, 21, 24, 2019

    Benoit/Alcindoro (Baritone)
    Giacomo Puccini
    Judith Yan
    s. Bellemare, s. Joynt, t. Kang, b. Addis