Biraj Barkakaty
Rockville, MD
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Biraj Barkakaty

Biraj B.

Rockville, MD
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As every student is unique my teaching style really depends on the student! Some want to learn for fun, others are studying for exams or college. As a result its really important for me to tailor my lessons towards each student and what they would like to work on. For some that could mean working on vocal technique, others working on music and repertoire. I’m adept at adapting to each student’s individual talents and vocal needs and therefore its important that for that each student progresses at a pace that they are comfortable with.

About Biraj B.

A native of London, England, my recent engagements include the role of Tirsi in Marco de Gagliano’s La Dafne with the European Opera Academy in Bauska, Latvia in July, creating the role of Kenny Fuller in the world premiere of Francis Trester’s ‘Keepers of the Light’ at the Nahant Music Festival in June, the title role in Handel’s ‘The Choice of Hercules’ with Collegium Musicum Riga in Latvia in May and the roles of Noraki, Lamish and the cover of Zeezri in the world premiere of Deon Price’s ‘Ammon and the King’ in San Francisco in March. Other credits include The Huntsman in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis with New Camerata Opera in New York City, the title role in the staged world premiere of Cavalli’s Xerse with Ensemble OrQuesta in London in July 2018 and the Third Israelite in Handel's Esther with Music of the Baroque under Jane Glover in Chicago. Performance highlights include the world premiere of Roddy Bottom’s ‘Sasquatch : The Opera’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017, the role of Mago Cristiano in Rinaldo for Opera Mission in New York City in 2016, Oberon with the Aspen Music Festival under Jane Glover, Polinesso in Ariodante for the Hub Opera Ensemble, Tolomeo with Bel Cantanti Opera, and the title role in the US premiere of Handel's Silla. Future engagements include the role of Ottone in Handel’s Agrippina with the International BelCanto Academy next August in Holland.

I was a full time professional member of the Queen’s Choir at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle for 4 years, where I performed in many tours, recordings and royal events. I’m a graduate of the University of Manchester, Trinity College of Music in London, and the Manhattan School of Music. After being based in New York City for a decade I moved to Washington DC in 2016 where I’m currently an Alto staff singer with the full time professional choir at the National Cathedral.

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I maintain an easy going and friendly approach to my teaching. I do believe that if the students are happy and feel comfortable, they more likely to gain knowledge and enjoy learning to sing.

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Experience

Voice Teacher
Sep 2019 - Present

Pritchard Music

Singing teacher
Sep 2019 - Present

Musika Lessons

Education

Master of Music in Vocal Performance
Sep 2006 - Jun 2008

Manhattan School of Music

Postgraduate Certificate and Advanced Diploma in Vocal Performance
Sep 2000 - Jun 2002

Trinity College of Music London

Languages

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

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