Ed Bara Mr. Bara is enjoying a career that continues to be highly successful and supremely varied. Ed, a bass-baritone, has excelled in multiple areas of performance and music. His solo opera and oratorio performances have been called '...dark, rich, expressive singing.' - News Journal, “ ...powerful, but with enough grace as to understand every word” , “ …breathtaking” - Washington Post, and “deeply expressive”- Life. His comedic performances have been compared as ... 'a hysterical blend of [Stanley] Holloway, and [Jackie] Gleason'. While his work in musical theater is described as “Rich, full voice and enormous character” - Reading Eagle, and “Ed Bara sings and acts with imposing but perfectly balanced bravado.” – Morning Call. In all, he has performed nearly 100 lead and solo roles in the U.S and in 14 countries worldwide.
His broad range has allowed him to sing numerous orchestral recordings including; Bach's B-minor Mass, Mozart's Requiem, Handel's Messiah and Judas Maccabeus, the Dvorak Requiem, Verdi Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Missa Solemnis and Ruins of Athens, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, among others for major labels Lyrichord, Sony Vox Classics, and Helicon records.
Over the past decade he has become a highly sought after teacher of singing, with students traveling from as far as Maine and Georgia. Many of his students are currently on Broadway or in major national tours. Others are performing in regional opera houses or in Young Artist Programs. Mr. Bara is currently teaching voice at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and at his home in Lehigh County which gives him time to spend with his family.
Along with his career on stage and in the studio, Ed is the Director of Music Ministries at Peace Lutheran Church in Upper Bucks County, PA. He oversees and coordinates the music preparation of 10 separate ensembles, a paid musical staff of seven, and countless volunteers. He also arranges one or two pieces of music per average week, and is the conductor and music director of the Peace Oratorio Society.
With his wife Jen Bara, Ed is also co-founder and director of an early music performance ensemble specializing in feasts of the renaissance. His family also shares his love for the outdoors. Ed, his wife and his two children, Alex and Sydney, spend much of their free time hiking, camping, or just sitting around a campfire.
After performances of Brahms’ Requiem, Mozart’s C-minor Mass, Schubert’s Winterreise, along with other solo concerts this Spring, Ed will head back to the stage for 6 weeks in the summer – playing the title role of the Mikado - in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Mikado” .