Praised for his “lovely tone and deep expressivity” by the New York Times, American tenor Brian Giebler has established an impressive career singing virtuosic and eclectic repertoire “with shine and clarity” (Opera News). Whether performing Handel’s Semele with Harry Bicket and The English Concert or Stravinsky’s Threni with Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra, "Brian Giebler use[s] his high-placed tenor with great skill” (Opera Magazine). This season, he makes debuts with Santa Fe Pro Musica, the National Cathedral Choral Society, Handel’s Messiah with both the Naples Philharmonic and the Oratorio Society of New York (Carnegie Hall), and as Adam in the New York premiere of Julian Wachner and Cerise Jacobs’ opera, REV. 23 (Prototype Festival). His debut solo album titled A Lad's Love, featuring music by Ivor Gurney and Benjamin Britten, will be released on Bridge Records, Inc. on July 3, 2020. “The sweetness of Giebler's impressive high tenor” and his "expressive and elegant phrasing" (Cleveland Classical) have been heard recently with The Cleveland Orchestra, The English Concert, Boston Baroque, Boston Early Music Festival, Grand Rapids Symphony, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Symphoria, Charlottesville Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Mark Morris Dance Group, Handel & Haydn Society, and regularly with the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, among others. Mr. Giebler took second-place in the 2018 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition at Carnegie Hall, won a People’s Choice Award at the 2018 American Traditions Vocal Competition, and was a prize winner at the 2016 Biennial Bach Vocal Competition sponsored by the American Bach Society. Dedicated to the changing landscape of new music, Mr. Giebler frequently collaborates with prominent living composers such as Paola Prestini, Julian Wachner, Charles Wuorinen, and Ian Venables.
An active crossover artist, “the dashing Giebler, whose voice would make anyone melt” (BroadwayWorld), received critical acclaim and a Gregory Award nomination for his “faultless high tenor” (Seattle Times) in the role of Marius in Les Misérables (Seattle, WA). In 2018, Mr. Giebler revisited the role of Jack in Into the Woods with Charlottesville Opera, where he was lauded for "his spotless tenor vocals (that were) a highlight of the production" (BroadwayWorld). The role also won Brian a regional Best Supporting Actor award at the 2005 Anvil Awards. Brian joined Broadway favorite Amy Justman for a pops concert with the South Florida Master Chorale. He was praised for his portrayal of Fabrizio in Adam Guettel's The Light in the Piazza (Best Musical nomination, 2011 Wilde Awards), being hailed as a “powerful tenor for such a young man” (Milan News). He has played such iconic roles as Dickon in The Secret Garden, Cain/Japheth in Children of Eden, and Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls. Brian covered the roles of Tony in West Side Story (Aspen), Anthony in Sweeney Todd (Aspen), and Lt. Cable in South Pacific with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Brian performs with chamber ensembles throughout the country, including GRAMMY® Award-winning Conspirare of Austin, GRAMMY® nominated Seraphic Fire of Miami, GRAMMY® nominated Clarion Music Society in NYC, and he is a member of the GRAMMY® nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street in Manhattan, where he currently resides. He can be heard frequently with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, Ekmeles, TENET, True Concord Artists, Yale Choral Artists, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Musica Sacra, and Sounding Light. While living in Seattle, Brian was a member of the Seattle Opera Chorus where he performed Puccini’s La Bohème and Wagner's Götterdämmerung.
In 2010, Brian was seen on Philadelphia’s Fox 29 News as the 2010 Delco Idol musical theater competition winner at the Media Theatre in Pennsylvania. He was also a featured artist with the Skaneateles Music Festival in “Broadway comes to Brook Farm” under guest musical director Paul Sportelli. In Seattle, he had the pleasure of singing with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra in their 2012 Holiday production of the Seattle-favorite, The Nutty Nutcracker, inserting classical music and popular Christmas tunes over top of the sweeping Tchaikovsky score.
As a graduate student at the University of Michigan, Brian performed as Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte and as Bardolfo in Falstaff. He has also sung the roles of Basilio in Mozart’s Le Nozze Di Figaro, Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus. Brian made his international debut in Italy with the International Opera Theater of Philadelphia, premiering the operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s La Tempesta as Ariele.
A little known fact about Brian is his expertise on trumpet. At Eastman, Brian studied in the trumpet department as a primary student and performed with the internationally acclaimed Eastman Wind Ensemble. He also performed with the Eastman Lab Jazz Band, University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, University of Maryland Concert Band, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra at Verizon Hall, and the University of the Arts Regional Grammy Jazz Band. In the pit, Brian played for Les Miserables (Media Theatre), Cabaret, and Assassins (Eastman).
Brian is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned his masters degree in Vocal Performance. He is also an alumnus of the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, and holds a bachelors degree in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music. He spent two summers (2011, 2012) as a Young Artist with the Aspen Opera Theater Center.
Benjamin Britten is one most important British composers from the second half of the twentieth century. Remarkably, he focused on opera, a dying genre, at least in its current form. Britten's contributions however, among which Peter Grimes, The Rape of Lucretia, Gloriana, The Turn of the Screw, and Death in Venice, managed to remain core repertoire for opera companies to this day. Many of these productions included a role for his artistic partner and life companion Peter Pears. Britten also wrote a number of lieder for this tenor, among which his Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra. Yet, Britten excelled in many more genres. He wasn't even 20 years old when he composed his brilliant Phantasy for hobo quartet and his friendship with the legendary cellist Rostropovich led to a Cello sonata, three Suites for cello solo and a Symphony for Cello and orchestra in the 1960s.
Britten never became Master of the Queen's Music, yet he surely had feeling for public sentiments. For example, as a pacifist, he taught his people about world peace through his War Requiem from 1962. Britten was an excellent interpreter of his own work, just like Bartók and Stravinsky. Many of his recordings have been matched, but never exceeded.