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

New York Times
Patrick Raftery dressed as a priest in a production of Dead Man Walking, holding a bible in the air and singing loudly with his eyes closed while a young woman in a chair listens to him.


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.


  • 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)

  • Barbiere duet with Ruth Ann Swenson (Golden Gate Park)

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

Schedule & History

  • Pacific Opera Victoria

    La Bohème

    February 15, 17, 21, 23, 25, 2018

    Benoit/Alcindoro (Baritone)
    Giacomo Puccini
    Giuseppe Pietraroia
    s. Cesaroni, s. Joynt, t. Slayden, b. Love
  • Vancouver Opera

    Dead Man Walking

    April 29; May 2, 5, 7, 2017

    Father Grenville (Tenor)
    Jake Heggie
    Jonathan Darlington
    Joel Ivany
    s. Slack, m. Bridges, m. Forst, b. Okulitch
  • Regina Symphony Orchestra


    March 11, 2017

    Governor/Vanderdendur/Ragotski (Tenor)
    Leonard Bernstein
    Gordon Gerrard
    s. Dahl, m. Forst, t. Ainsworth, b. Gable, b. Fitzgerald