About Me

A recent graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Diploma in Voice program, Peruvian-American baritone Ian Burns is rapidly gaining recognition for his rich tone and self-assured stage presence. In the summer of 2020, Burns was prepared to cover the roles of Herr Zeller in The Sound of Music and Masetto in Don Giovanni as a member of the Glimmerglass Festival’s Young Artist Program, but instead participated in the company’s six-week virtual festival created in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Burns first began his studies in the theater program at Valencia College in Florida, before discovering his passion for opera. At the Glimmerglass virtual festival, the young baritone jumped at the chance to take advantage of as many coachings as possible and relished classes with industry leaders Francesca Zambello, Joseph Colaneri and Gayletha Nichols.


The summer of 2019 saw Burns as an Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera, where he covered the roles of the Foreman in Janáček’s Jenůfa and The Gardener in the world premiere of Poul Ruders’ The Thirteenth Child. He also covered Marcello in La Bohème, a favorite role that the baritone had previously performed at the University of North Florida (2018) and at the European Music Academy in the Czech Republic (2017). His first operatic role, also with the European Music Academy, was as Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.


While working on his diploma at the University of British Columbia, Burns performed the role of Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, “rattl(ing) through his patter-songs with self-confident pomposity” (Review Vancouver). There, he also sang the roles of Lieutenant Audebert in Silent Night and Captain in Eugene Onegin, performed Der Lakai/Perückenmacher and covered Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos, and was the baritone soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem. On the advice of his teacher and mentor, tenor J. Patrick Raftery, Burns continued his summer studies at the Taos Opera Institute in 2018.


Originally from Tampa, FL, Burns is planning his move to Berlin in the fall of 2020.

Performance History

Opera

Leutnant Audebert

Silent Night

University of British Columbia, 2018

Conductor: Robert Wood

Director: Nancy Hermiston

Marcello

La bohème

University of North Florida, 2018

Conductor: Curtis Tucker

Director: Krzysztof Biernacki

Don Magnifico

La Cenerentola

University of British Columbia, 2018

Conductor: Gordon Gerrard

Director: Nancy Hermiston

Marcello

La bohème

European Music Academy, 2017

Conductor: Gordon Gerrard

Director: Nancy Hermiston

Lakai/Perückenmacher

Ariadne auf Naxos

University of British Columbia, 2017

Conductor: Jonathan Darlington

Director: Nancy Hermiston

Captain

Eugene Onegin

University of British Columbia, 2017

Conductor: David Agler

 Director: Krzysztof Biernacki

Papageno

Die Zauberflöte

European Music Academy

Conductor: Norbert Baxa

Director: Martin Otava

Concert

Baritone Soloist

 Ralph Vaughan Williams, Dona Nobis Pacem

University of British Columbia, 2018

Conductor:  Jonathan Girard

Roles Covered

Herr Zeller

The Sound of Music

The Glimmerglass Festival, 2020

Masetto

Don Giovanni

The Glimmerglass Festival, 2020

Foreman

Jenůfa

The Santa Fe Opera, 2019

Marcello

La bohème

The Santa Fe Opera, 2019

The Gardener

The Thirteenth Child

The Santa Fe Opera, 2019

Halequin

Ariadne auf Naxos

University of British Columbia, 2017