Garrett Obrycki, a Minnesota native, is distinguishing himself as a baritone to watch in the world of classical music. With musical versatility and a bold stage presence, he has appeared on opera, concert, musical theater and recital stages around the United States.

His 2019/20 season began with a title role debut in Thomas’ Hamlet - a successful return to Opera Ithaca! Mr. Obrycki continued his season as Masetto in Don Giovanni with Baltimore Concert Opera, as Ufficiale in Il Babiere di Siviglia and as Sprecher in Die Zauberflote both with Sarasota Opera, as Motorcycle Cop/Prison Guard 1 and the cover of Joseph Derocher in Dead Man Walking with Opera Delaware, as Modern Major General in Pirates of Penzance with Sarasota Choral Artists and finally as Arthur Jones in Billy Budd with Central City Opera, where he also gave a solo recital with works by Dvorak and Heggie with John Arida. Mr. Obrycki was a finalist for the Opera Birmingham Competition in May.

During the 2017/18 season, Mr. Obrycki performed as Atticus Finch’s Trainer in David T Little’s Vinkensport, Kromov in The Merry Widow and Mr. Koffner in The Consul with Opera Saratoga and as Spinelloccio/Amantio in Gianni Schicchi and as The Magistrate in Buosos’s Ghost with Opera Delaware. Earlier in the season, Obrycki sang as the baritone soloist with the Skidmore College Orchestra and as an Apprentice Artist for Sarasota Opera in addition to performing with Opera Philadelphia in its inaugural O17 festival and with Cookie Diorio and pianist Matthew Brower for “Art in the Heel” - a recital series benefiting local charities. He performed with Middlebury Opera Company covering the role of Belcore in its fall production of L’elisir d’amore and continued his relationship with Opera Saratoga this fall in their recital series “Saratoga Sings.”

In the 2016/17 season, Obrycki performed as Elder/Man in the Bar in Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s groundbreaking opera Breaking the Waves with both Opera Philadelphia and Prototype Festival. He was also featured as the baritone in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Symphony for Peace at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. An active recitalist, Obrycki performed on programs with Lynx Project, Patchwork Project, Concert Operetta of Philadelphia and Opera Saratoga throughout the year. With Opera Philadelphia, he took part in workshops for David T. Little’s Woman in the Dunes and David Hertzberg’s The Wake World. He concluded the season singing as a studio artist with Opera Saratoga, covering the roles of Yasha, Prexy and Reverend Salvation in Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock under the baton on John Mauceri.

In 2015/16, Obrycki spent his fall in Philadelphia singing as the featured baritone in Concert Operetta of Philadelphia’s “Broadway Does Operetta” series and as the Commissioner in La traviata with Opera Philadelphia. Later that season, he debuted with Opera Ithaca, singing the title role in both R.B. Schlather’s production of Don Giovanni and in the world premiere of Bonnie Montgomery’s Billy Blythe, and with Opera Saratoga for its production of Operation Superpower. Obrycki spent the summer as a young artist with both Middlebury Opera Company, singing the role of the Doctor in Macbeth, and Seagle Music Colony, singing the role of the Priest in Evan Mack’s Roscoe and Joey in Most Happy Fella.

Additionally, Obrycki has sung with The Princeton Festival as the cover for Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro; Vulcan Lyric as the Priest in Jeff Myer and Royce Vavrek’s Maren of Vardø; Opera Libera as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore; and Temple University Opera as Sid in Albert Herring. He was a young artist with Ohio Light Opera in 2013 and with Moravian Masterclass in 2012.

Obrycki trained at the Eastman School of Music, where he sang many leading roles, including Frank Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene and Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. 

 

a commanding singer and talented actor
— counterpunch
photo Matt Madison-Clark

photo Matt Madison-Clark