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Cheryl Barker AO
(Soprano)
Cheryl Barker, Kathryn Morrison Management
     Keith Saunders Photography
One of the finest sopranos to emerge from Australia in recent years, Cheryl Barker is particularly noted internationally for her performances of Madama Butterfly, singing this role for English National Opera, De Vlaamse Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Deutsche Oper, Berlin, Netherlands Opera and Houston Grand Opera for whom she has also performed Sarah in the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s The End of the Affair.
Cheryl Barker's most recent international successes include Emilia Marty for both the Netherlands Opera and Opera du Rhin, and Madama Butterfly for the Paris Opera and Beijing Opera.
She has recently sung her first Manon Lescaut, Arabella, Marschallin and Countess (Capriccio) for Opera Australia, Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini for Opera Holland Park,  Marietta (Die tote Stadt) and Salome for Opera Australia.
Appearing regularly within Australia , her roles have included Nedda/Pagliacci, Countess/Le nozze di Figaro, Mimì in the award winning Baz Luhrmann production of La bohème, Violetta/La Traviata, Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni, Tatyana, Giorgetta, Suor Angelica and Lauretta (Il Trittico) and the title roles in Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Jenufa, Rusalka and most recently Tosca and Desdemona/Otello for Opera Queensland.
Other international appearances include Jenifer (A Midsummer Marriage) for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) and Adina (L'elisir d'amore) for Scottish Opera, Oksana (Christmas Eve), Foreign Princess (Rusalka), Governess/Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw), Musetta (La bohème), Donna Elvira, Tosca, Salome and Emilia Marty (The Makropoulos Case) for ENO, the title role in Maria Stuarda (ReisOper); Violetta (Hamburg Statsoper and Deutsche Oper/Berlin); Suor Angelica, Giorgetta, Mimi,Desdemona(Otello) and Liù (Turandot)/De Vlaamse Opera and Katya Kabanova (Welsh National Opera and Geneva).
On the concert platform, Cheryl Barker has appeared at many prestigious international venues including London's Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square, and the Halle Orchestra. She has sung in the Edinburgh, Spoleto and Melbourne Festivals as well as touring nationally for Musica Viva in 2005 and 2008.
Cheryl holds an honorary Doctor of Music conferred by the Victorian College of the Arts.
 
RECORDINGS:
Television, videos and recordings include Puccini Arias and Pure Diva (Melba Recordings), Seduction & Persuasion and Don John of Austria (ABC Classics), La bohème and Madama Butterfly/Opera Australia, Madam Butterfly (Chandos), Madama Butterfly/De Vlaamse Opera (Belgium/Netherlandse Television) and Dyson’s Quo Vadis, Katya Kabanova, Makropolous Case, Rusalka and Great Operatic Arias (Chandos).
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Die tote Stadt - Mariette's Lied - Cheryl Barker and Stefan Vinke
Now showing at Sydney Opera House until 18 July. More info/tickets: http://bit.ly/MT5VkTCheryl Barker and Stefan Vinke sing 'Glück das mir verblieb' (Popularly known as 'Mariette's Lied' or 'Marie...
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Cheryl Barker, Kathryn Morrison ManagementDie tote Stadt (Opera Australia)
 
 
 
 
 
Cheryl Barker, Kathryn Morrison Management
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Cheryl Barker, Kathryn Morrison Management
     Tosca (Opera Australia)
 
 
 
Cheryl Barker, Kathryn Morrison Management
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Cheryl Barker, Kathryn Morrison Management
                                  Arabella (Opera Australia)
 
 
 
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                                   Madama Butterfly
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Madama Butterfly trailer - Un bel di - Cheryl Barker 2009
2012 production at the Sydney Opera House: 20 Sep - 1 Nov 2012And at Arts Centre Melbourne: 14 Nov - 14 Dec 2012You know they will fall in love. You know they will part. You know Butterfly will ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
REVIEWS:
 
Elektra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, February 2014
As her more homely sister Chrysothemis, Cheryl Barker brought a different style of warmth and projection, finely glazed and less elemental.”

                                    Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, 24 February 2014

 

Desdemona/Otello, West Australian Opera, February 2014
“soprano Cheryl Barker (Desdemona) …. nothing short of astonishing in their ability to wring every ounce of emotion from Verdi's equally astonishing score (indeed, Barker's heart-wrenching Willow Song was for me the highlight of this performance).”

                                    William Yeoman, The West Australian February 6, 2014,

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, June 8, 2013
“Cheryl Barker is Australian operatic royalty, and her Desdemona (from Otello) has wrung many a tear from audiences; her duet with Otello was ravishing…. This is a voice that keeps getting better.”
                                 Harriet Cunningham, Sydney Morning Herald, June 11, 2013
 
Madama Butterfly,Welsh National Opera, February 2013 
“… the graceful flow of her movements, even in her greatest despair, was an elegant reflection of Butterfly's name and the fragility it embodies”
                              Rian Evans, The Guardian, February 18, 2013
“In this latest revival of Joachim Herz’s production of Madam Butterfly the leading role, Cio-Cio-San, is taken by Cheryl Barker who gives us a strong, passionate performance that relies on her ability to take Puccini’s music and squeeze out every ounce of emotion.”   
                                                        Mike Smith, WalesOnline, February 18, 2013
 
Die Tote Stadt,Opera Australia – Sydney Opera House, June 2012
“As Mariette, Cheryl Barker had the combination of strength and warmth that has become her hallmark”
                                            Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, July 2, 2012
 
“Her richly coloured timbre and energetic portrayal capture the latter’s beguiling nature while her pure-toned intensity make a haunting impact as Marie.”
                                                            Murray Black, The Australian, July 2, 2012
 
Capriccio,Opera Australia - Sydney Opera House, July 2011
“Cheryl Barker, a gracious Marschallin last year, is reserved and discreet throughout, until her last 20-minute soliloquy, when she opened out with her customary rewarding vocal fluidity and warmth.”
 
 
Der Rosenkavalier
Opera Australia – Sydney Opera House October 2010
“…Cheryl Barker, in her role debut, brought to the Marschallin all her gifts as a compelling singing actress, ….mature, intelligent and insightful;”
                                                            Deborah Jones, Opera, January 2011
 
“… it is Cheryl Barker who supplies the tears.  Her Marschallin is this show’s heartbeat, her palpable fragility framed in a portrayal both dignified and devastatingly human.  This is no aloof grande dame; Marie Therese is only thirty-two, and Barker accordingly plays her as a woman still on the cusp of middle age, in whom the spark of youth is locked in a visible struggle against time’s steady march.  Her achingly direct delivery is underpinned by a dark, shimmering timbre which does justice to Strauss’s swooning vocal lines but gives short shrift to self-indulgence – not a Marschallin to luxuriate in, but a searingly beautiful one.”
                                                            Sarah Noble, The Opera Critic, October 2011
 
“… her creamy, luscious timbre is ideal for the role.  Barker’s full-bodied tone and shapely phrasing conveyed her character’s warmth while her superb sotto voce singing made a compelling impact in introspective passages....”
                                                 Murray Black, The Australian, 7 October 2011.
 
   
“… Cheryl Barker was magnificently in her prime,...... Singing with full and thrilling richness, she was elegant, magisterial and deeply human in both theatrical and musical persona, full of tart and mellow fruitfulness.”
                                               
Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, 4 October, 2010
Francesca da Rimini
Holland Park, London August 2010
“.... Cheryl Barker are fabulous as the lovers, singing with palpable sensuality and really convincing you that their feeling for each other are escalating beyond reason or control.”
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, August 4, 2010
“All praise to Cheryl Barker’s Francesca, an incredibly assured rendition of a near impossible role.  …the vocal performance here reminds us once again of her underlying stamina.”
Musical Criticism Online, 2 August, 2010
“In a huge role that makes Tosca seem like a walk in the park, Barker gave everthing and still sounded fresh at the end.”
Richard Fairman, ohp.rbkc.gov.uk?, August 3, 2010
“… Cheryl Barker tireless in the formidably challenging title role.”
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, Sunday 8 August, 2010
“…above all the Francesca of Cheryl Barker would be luxury casting anywhere in the world.  Nothing was too much of a challenge for Barker, radiant in appearance and voice throughout.”
The Spectator
“With focused, lustrous voice, Barker - looking as gallingly beautiful as any Giotto fresco - made a magnetic and forthright Francesca, rising to the role's formidable challenges of both tessitura and sheer stamina while carving out a compelling characterisation.”
 
“... a potent and thrilling combination.”           
                                    Sarah Noble, The Opera Critic, August 2010