Baritone John Buffett enjoys a versatile career singing on the concert stage, in the Opera house, and as a professional ensemble singer. Buffett has sung with the Symphonies of Utah, San Antonio, Winston-Salem and Syracuse, The Mark Morris Dance Group, The Los Angeles and Rochester Philharmonics, and The Cleveland Orchestra. He has also been a featured performer with many of the Nation’s leading Early Music Ensembles including: Apollo’s Fire, Ars Lyrica, The Charlotte Bach Festival, Bach Collegium San Diego, The Oregon Bach Festival, and The Boston Early Music Festival. In the Opera house, Buffett has performed numerous roles with Utah Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Memphis, Utah Festival Opera, Mercury Opera, and The Ohio Light Opera. Also an accomplished Chamber musician, he regularly performs with some of America’s best choral ensembles like Seraphic Fire, The Santa Fe Desert Chorale, True Concord, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Recent engagements include both Bach passions, Bach’s B minor mass, Easter Oratorio, Magnificat and Cantatas 32, 75, 153, 140, and 158, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, the Mozart, Brahms and Faure Requiems, and Handel’s Messiah. His wide ranging roles on the Opera stage include Dandini in “La Cenerentola”, Belcore in “L’elisir d’amore”, Marullo in “Rigoletto”, Wagner in “Faust”, Golaud in “Pelleas é Mellisande” and Figaro in “Le Nozze di Figaro.”
Solo appearances at the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center highlight other important performances. Mr. Buffett, currently on faculty at CSU Long Beach, received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music.