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J. Patrick Raftery

Assistant Professor


Faculty of Arts

Research Themes: 

The Communicating Mind and Body

Mr. Raftery’s debut as a baritone was with Luciano Pavarotti for The San Diego Opera’s production of La Boheme in 1979. 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. In 1992, he made his debut as a tenor at New York’s Avery Fischer Hall in concert performances of Lucio Silla. Ove the course of his thirty-year performing career, has sung seventy opera roles, including Parsifal, Samson, Siegemund, Tristan, Othello, and Figaro. In the fall of 2007 after a career spanning more than three decades, Mr. Raftery joined the faculty at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. In the spring of 2014, he accepted an appointment with the University of British Columbia, Vancouver as an Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera.