Garnet Brooks

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Garnet Brooks (born September 4, 1937 in London / Ontario ; † July 21, 2009 in Regina / Saskatchewan ) was a Canadian singer ( tenor ) and vocal teacher.

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Brooks had first singing lessons in his hometown and studied from 1960 to 1964 at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with Dorothy Allan Park , John Coveart and Douglas Bodle and in 1966 with Robert Weede in San Francisco. In 1963 he made his debut with the Canadian Opera Company as steward of the Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier . A Canada Council award enabled him to perform at opera houses in England, Germany and Switzerland.

In 1968 he was a member of the Glyndebourne Touring Company and in the 1968–69 season of the Western Opera Theater (the touring company of the San Francisco Opera ). With the Canadian Opera Company he sang roles such as Alfred in Die Fledermaus , Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor , Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly . He had supporting roles in the world premieres of Harry Somers ' Louis Riel and Charles Wilsons Heloise and Abelard , the title roles in the world premiere of Wilson's The Summoning of Everyman and the North American premiere of Benjamin Britten's The Prodigal Son (1969).

Brooks lived in Switzerland from 1974 to 1976 and was engaged at the Staatstheater Bern ; From 1976 to 1982 he lived in Austria and performed there with the Salzburg Opera Company , in England at the Glyneborne Opera and at West German opera houses. In 1977 he sang Shaman in the world premiere of Derek Healey's Seabird Island .

In 1982 he returned to Canada and taught there initially at the University of West Ontario , from 1983 to 1997 at the University of Regina singing. During this time he also appeared as a concert and oratorio singer. At the 1988 Calgary Olympic Arts Festival, he sang the role of Peter the honey seller in Porgy and Bess . He performed occasionally with the Regina Symphony Orchestra until the 2000s .

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