Barrett Radziun reaches audiences by combining his “silvery tenor” (The Berkshire Edge) with a stage presence that is “elegant and profound…with poise and maturity that betrays his youth” (The Berkshire Edge). Critics hail the Minnesota native as “brilliant in his solo performances” (Cleveland Classical), “effortless in rendering sensitivity” (Boston Musical Intellegencer), and as a “rising star” (The Millbrook Independent). Following his 2017 Meyerson Symphony Center debut as tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah with Dallas Bach Society, the Dallas Morning News wrote, "Star of the evening was Barrett Radziun, his lyric tenor bright and clear, his diction impeccable, his words and phrases vividly colored and shaped."
The diversity of Radziun’s repertoire has established him as a sought-after singer for both solo and ensemble engagements. His affinity for early music has led him to performances as soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion, Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine, Telemann’s Der Geduldige Socrates, Charpentier’s Te Deum, and in a concert of Franco-Flemish music under the direction of Peter Phillips (in conjunction with the Tallis Scholars Summer School). Radziun also appeared as tenor soloist in Bach’s Cantata BWV 155 under the direction of John Harbison in Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood. In March 2017, Radziun made his debut with the Austin Baroque Orchestra singing the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion. As a pioneer of contemporary compositions, Radziun has premiered works by David Lang (Where You Go, 2015), Elena Langer (Four Sisters, 2012) and Andrés Martínez de Velasco (Una Línea, 2012).
Radziun made his New York City debut at the Morgan Library in a program titled First Songs: Dawn Upshaw and the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program World Premieres, performing works by Aaron Jay Kernis and Bard Colleague Martínez de Velasco. Radziun also shared the stage of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts with Ms. Upshaw, his mentor, in a program titled Dawn Upshaw and Friends: A Winter SongFest, singing works by Rogers & Hart and Marc Blitzstein. As a chamber musician, Radziun has been heard in performances of Britten’s Canticle Still Falls the Rain, Messiaen’s La Mort du Nombre, and various chamber works of J.S. Bach.
Radziun’s passion for community engagement has led him to sing in recitals for the Beattie Powers Concert Series (Catskill, NY), the Hudson Valley Chamber Music Society (Bard College), the Piano Plus! Concert Series (curated by composer George Tsontakis), and at the Woodbourne Correction Facility, a medium security men’s prison in Woodbourne, NY. Radziun co-created In Thanksgiving: Music of Need and Nourishment, a benefit recital sponsoring a local food bank in the Hudson Valley. In order to share music with people it would not normally reach, Radziun contacted the Bard Prison Initiative and made arrangements to perform the recital within the prison walls.
As an ensemble singer, Radziun currently performs with Orpheus Chamber Singers (Dallas, TX), Verdigris Ensemble (Dallas, TX), and the GRAMMY nominated South Dakota Chorale (Sioux Falls, SD), the latter with whom he has recorded (Marcel Tyberg: Music Lost in the Holocaust) on the Pentatone label. Radziun received his education at the University of North Texas (DMA, current), the Bard College Conservatory of Music (MM), and the University of Northwestern – St. Paul (BM). He is an alumnus of the Tanglewood Music Center, SongFest, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Pacific Music Work’s Accademia d’Amore, the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, and Amherst Early Music Festival. In 2017, he joined the voice faculty at Texas A&M University -- Commerce.