Emiliano Barragán-Géant's Biography
Venezuelan lyric and coloratura baritone Emiliano Barragán-Géant began to study piano at the age of 12. After finishing his studies at the conservatory Juan José Landaeta in Caracas he moved to Canada to study piano with Gabriela Montero and to do a bachelor’s degree in piano at McGill University in Montreal.
In 2000 he began to study opera singing at McGill University with Winston Purdy. A few months later Emiliano made his operatic debut singing Figaro from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in the Salle Pierre Mercure of the Centre Pierre Péladeau in Montreal. Since then, he has sung the roles of Don Giovanni from Mozart’s Don Giovanni , Escamillo from Bizet’s Carmen, Ben from Menotti’s The Telephone, Uberto from Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, and Belcore from L’Elisir D’amore by Donizetti among others.
In 2005 Emiliano won the Constance Weldon Prize to sponsor further studies in operatic singing at Miami University. In 2007 he moved to London after winning a full scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of Venezuela to complete a Masters degree in opera performance at the Royal College of Music.
Emiliano Barragán-Géant has been a pupil of Kamel Boutros, Eduardo del Campo, Robert Savoie, Colette Bocky, Virginia Zeani, and David Malis.
He has appeared on numerous occasions as a recitalist at the Händel House Museum in London. The ensemble L’Arte del Mondo has invited Emiliano to sing the solos for Händel’s Messiah at the Händel Festspiele in Halle and Altenberg, Germany, in 2010.
Emiliano was also invited to perform with the ensemble Coro Cervantes in Hague, The Netherlands, in June 2010, and will be singing Fauré's and Duruflé's requiems with the Guildford Symphony Orchestra in June 2011.