“…elegant and stylish… His voice is big and round, beautifully produced, blessed with high As he tosses off as if they were nothing at all.”

Washington Post


While still in high school and a member of the David Beckwith voice studio, J. Patrick Raftery was invited to sing for two of the greatest baritones of the twentieth century: Todd Duncan, an established teacher in Washington DC and the original Porgy in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and the great opera star George London, who was director of the Washington National Opera at the time.

Many years later, Patrick learned from his mother that George London himself had called her and advised that Patrick’s voice was one to be nurtured and should be encouraged towards classical voice studies with an idea of moving towards Opera.

Schedule & History

  • Taos Opera Institute

    June 2023

    Master Teacher-German
    Voice Lessons and German instruction
    Taos, New Mexico
  • Vancouver Opera

    Master Classes with Yulanda M. Faris Artists

    May 2022

    Master Teacher
    Vancouver, British Columbia

Rogues Gallery

Here are just a few of Patrick's students. If you would like your name added to this list, please contact Patrick at info@jpatrickraftery.com:

Jane Raftery Award

At the University of British Columbia’s School of Music Summer Vocal Workshop, Patrick has established an award in the name of his sister Jane Raftery who died of cancer in December 2016. Each summer, this award is presented to a Summer Vocal Workshop participant who shows potential for a continued life in performance.

Past Recipients

  • 2018Thomas Fong

  • 2017Kaiyao Zheng

If you are interested in supporting the Jane Raftery Award for the UBC Summer Vocal Workshop, please contact Patrick at info@jpatrickraftery.com.