His full and flexible voice extended well into the traditional tenor and bass ranges. As a result he had a flair for light opera and 'pops' concerts and sang in Kismet and Desert Song with the New York City Opera. He appeared as soloist with numerous choirs and sang with such orchestras as the Edmonton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Quebec, and Thunder Bay symphony orchestras, Orchestra London, Canada, the Rochester Philharmonic, and at the Stratford Festival and the Guelph Spring Festival.
In 1994 Baerg taught at the University of British Columbia; in 1996 he became associate professor of voice at the University of Western Ontario, where he also directed the opera workshop. He maintained his schedule of international performances with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Opera (Ping in Turandot; Ned Keene in Peter Grimes; Prince Ottakar in Der Freischütz), and the Glyndebourne Festival. In Canada he was seen with numerous companies including the Vancouver Opera (as Sharpless in 2000, and as George in the company premier of Of Mice and Men in 2002). The latter role was recorded on the disc Vancouver Opera 2001/2002 season: Best music you'll ever see (USP 12001 Universal Music 2001). After the mid-1990s he expanded his repertoire, adding such roles as Rigoletto, Eugene Onegin, and Ford in Falstaff. Baerg created the role of the Storyteller/Fabulist in Randolph Peters' The Golden Ass, at the COC world premiere in 1999. In concert, he sang in works as varied as Carmina Burana, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, and the musical Showboat.
He married the soprano Irena Welhasch-Baerg.
Author Barbara Norman, Betty Nygaard King
Durichen, Pauline. 'Variety the spice of Baerg's opera life,' Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 25 Jan 1980
Jones, Gaynor. 'Performance interview,' Performance, Mar/Apr 1985
Harris, Robert. 'Singer steps in,' Toronto Globe and Mail, 11 July 1995
Citron, Paula. 'A made-in-Canada career: baritone Theodore Baerg shows you can make your mark in music close to home,' Opera Canada, vol 39, Winter 1998
Citron, Paula. 'A made-in-Canada career: Baritone Theodore Baerg shows you can make your mark in music closer to home,' Opera Canada, winter 1998
Links to Other Sites
A profile of critically acclaimed baritone Theodore Baerg from the Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University.
The website for baritone Theodore Baerg and soprano Irena Welhasch Baerg. Click on Theodore Baerg's discography for links to music clips from his recordings.