Brett Polegato


"No one will doubt the unshaking sincerity of Brett Polegato’s ever-loyal Kurwenal. Perfectly in character both vocally and dramatically... Polegato is outstanding in conveying his double suffering."

Seen and Heard International

"Polegato’s Onegin… unfailingly musical in his phrasing and breath control, with excellent diction, chilling insouciance in the rejection scene, thrilling high notes and a touch of genuine despair…"


"Hushed strings and Brett Polegato’s unaffected baritone are eloquently evocative of stillness in ‘For behold, darkness shall cover the earth'."


"Brett Polegato’s Kurwenal was outstanding, portrayed with absolute dignity, a sorrowful tone and vocal perfection."


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One of today’s most sought-after lyric baritones on the international stage, Canadian-Italian Brett Polegato has earned the highest praise from audiences and critics for his artistic sensibility: "his is a serious and seductive voice" says the Globe and Mail, while the New York Times has praised him for his "burnished, well-focused voice", which he uses with "considerable intelligence and nuance". Since finishing first among the men at the 1995 Cardiff Singer of the World competition, his career has encompassed over fifty operatic roles at the world’s most prestigious venues including La Scala, l’Opéra National de Paris, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, the Teatro Real, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Carnegie Hall. He has made a name for himself in numerous dramatic roles, most notably the title roles of Eugene Onegin and Don Giovanni, Il Conte Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro and Pelléas Pelléas et Mélisande.

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Sharpless, Madama Butterfly

Irish National Opera, March 2019

Brett Polegato made an excellent Sharpless, the sweet heft of his baritone voice announcing Butterfly's cruel fate

Andrew Larkin, Bachtrack, 25 March 2019

Dr Talbot, Dinner at Eight

Wexford Festival Opera, November 2018

Brett Polegato used his seductive baritone to good effect in his portrayal of the serial adulterer Dr. Joseph Talbot. He possesses a strong voice with a warm timbre, and displayed real skill in producing an expressive, clearly articulated performance. Polegato was so successful at bringing Joseph alive, that one could only hope that Kitty’s husband would discover the affair and administer a good beating.

Alan Neilson, Operawire

Amfortas, Parsifal

Lanaudière Festival, August 2017

Brett Polegato had a great success in his role debut as Amfortas. The remorse and anguish of the king could be heard in his plangent voice and seen in his pained expression.

Arthur Kaptainis, Classical Voice America

Brahms' German Requiem

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, February 2017

Polegato, a superior singer in both opera and in concert, gave another of his finely crafted, musically sensitive performances, his voice by type and delivery just what is needed for this music. Both of the movements in which he sang were made special by his outstanding musicianship and by the sheer beauty of his voice.

Calgary Herald

Title role in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin

Grange Park Opera, September 2015

Brett Polegato’s Onegin, ever-resonant in a world-wearing manner, unfailingly musical in his phrasing and breath control, with excellent diction, chilling insouciance in the rejection scene, thrilling high notes and a touch of genuine despair in the final moments.

Opera Magazine

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