Peter Barber, an American bass and Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts, has often been compared to a “young Samuel Ramey” due to his vocal range and stylistic versatility. If not cancelled due to COVID-19, Peter would have joined The Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Singer in 2020, covering the roles of Sarastro in The Magic Flute and The Hunter in Rusalka. In January, he made his professional debut with Pacific Opera Project, performing Amantio in POP’s double-bill production of Gianni Schicchi and L’enfant et les sortilèges. Also with POP, he was to perform his first professional lead role as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, but the shows were cancelled. Some of his performance highlights include: Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Stobrod/Blindman in Cold Mountain, Sarastro in The Magic Flute, Bartolo in The Barber of Seville, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, and the Mikado in The Mikado. In the summer of 2019, Peter attended the Music Academy of the West, and both competed and performed in the Butler Opera Invitational and Festival. In addition to being a finalist and encouragement award winner in the Mentoris Project Vocal Competition, Peter has also competed in numerous other competitions as a semi-finalist, including: The Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, the Washington International Competition, the Butler Opera Invitational, and the Lois Alba Aria Competition. Peter was the winner of the USC Concerto Chamber Orchestra Aria Competition in 2018, and the Outstanding Graduate Award upon graduating in May of 2020. Peter is currently in the voice studio of Bill Schuman, and hopes to pursue a career in operatic performance after his time at AVA.