Barry Johnson

Associate Professor of Music - Voice

Barry Johnson

Office Location: Mary Baker Russell Music Center - 341

Office Hours: (On Campus) Mon - Fri: By Appointment

  • Professional
  • Biography

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Co-Director of Opera Production/Workshop
  • Director of Knights Chorus


  • M.M., Music/Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1989
  • B.M., Music/Choral Education, University of Arizona, 1985


Teaches Applied Voice Lessons, Directs Knights Chorus, Co-Directs Opera Production/Workshop


  • National Winner, Bel Canto Competition of Chicago
  • Regional Winner, San Francisco Opera Auditions


Baritone Barry Johnson is enjoying a successful career as an opera singer, stage director, concert performer, and voice teacher. Having sung roles in more than 20 productions at Seattle Opera, Mr. Johnson has performed as a guest artist with companies throughout the west including Seattle Opera, Tacoma Opera, Opera Colorado, Anchorage Opera, Portland Opera, Vashon Opera, Stockton Opera, Central City Opera, and Las Vegas Opera.

Notable roles in his repertoire include the title role in The Marriage of Figaro, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Marcello in La Boheme, Dancairo in Carmen, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Prince Ottokar in Der Freischutz, Angelotti in Tosca,  Papageno in  The Magic Flute, Don Alfonso in  Cosi Fan Tutte, Fleville in Andrea Chenier,  Frank in Die Fledermaus, Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld, and the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance.

On the concert stage, Mr. Johnson has been a soloist with orchestras throughout the Northwest including Seattle Symphony, American Sinfonietta, Symphony Tacoma, Yakima Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, Orchestra Seattle, and the Pacific Lutheran University Symphony.  Concert engagements have included Orff’s Carmina Burana,  Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’  Ein Deutsches Requiem, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, Haydn’s Creation, Vaughan Williams’ Five Tudor Portraits, Frahm’s War Cantata, Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, and Faure’s Requiem.

Mr. Johnson’s professional stage directing credits include Puccini’s La Boheme, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Puccini’s Tosca, Menotti’s The Telephone, and Pasatieri’s La Divina, with Tacoma Opera, Bellevue City Opera Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Opera.

As Co-Director of the Opera Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University, Mr. Johnson’s fully staged productions have included Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica.