Barry Coleman was born in South Africa and studied English, psychology and philosophy at the University of Pretoria.  During this time he took private singing lessons, and two years later worked as a lecturer at a renowned university.

Barry Coleman made his debut at the Pretoria State Opera Theatre, as a lyric tenor in the role of Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Luciana Serra and Alberto Cupido.  This was followed by Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Alfredo in La Traviata and also several operetta roles, e.g. Prince Sou-Chong in Das Land des Lächelns and Aljoscha in Der Zarewitsch.

In 1988 Barry Coleman was awarded the "State Theatre Opera Foundation Award" which allowed him to study in Italy with Maestro Carlo Franci and Dante Mazzola in Rome and in Milan.  During this time he sang alongside international stars in the "José Carreras Leukaemia Donation" concert at the Alten Oper, Frankfurt.

As Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni he toured with the Viennese Chamber Opera to Japan and Korea.  In 1992 he went to Dessau where he signed a fixed contract for two years.  There he sang the roles of Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte and Alfredo in La Traviata.

Later Barry Coleman sang in Mannheim, Luxemburg, Essen, Leipzig, at the Berliner Metropol-Theater, in Osnabrück, and at the Münchner Gasteig, as well as in Prague, Cape Town, Orange, and Amsterdam.

Apart from his activities as an opera singer, Barry Coleman also features in classical operettas, e.g. the title roles in Der Zarewitsch, Paganini as well as Prince Sou-Chong in Das Land des Lächelns.

He is also in high demand as a concert singer.
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