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Praised for his “lovely tone and deep expressivity” by the New York Times, American tenor Brian Giebler is consistently gaining attention for his vocal “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).
Brian Giebler’s début solo album, a lad’s love on Bridge Records, released in July 2020, charted #14 on Billboard’s Traditional Classical chart, and has been lauded for “the beauty, sweetness, and youthful sheen of Brian Giebler’s extremely fine tenor [which] is ideally suited for this collection of English songs” (San Francisco Classical Voice).
Due to the uncertainty of the global COVID-19 pandemic, solo appearances with the Johnstown Symphony (Handel's Messiah), Berkshire Choral Festival (Mozart’s Requiem), Bach Virtuosi Festival, TENET (Apollo in Monterverdi’s Orfeo, Messiah, and solos in Les Plaisirs de Versailles), Washington Bach Consort (Bach’s Lutheran Mass and Handel’s Nisi Dominus), Apollo’s Fire, Clarion Music Society, and Manhattan Concert Productions (Carnegie Hall) were all cancelled.
During the 2019/20 season, Brian Giebler took the stage as Adam in Julian Wachner and Cerise Jacob’s REV 23 (directer James Darrah; conductor Daniela Candillari) at the prestigious Prototype Festival in NYC, graced the stage of Carnegie Hall singing Handel’s Messiah with the Oratorio Society of New York (a piece he frequents, including performances with the Naples Philharmonic), and filled Washington’s National Cathedral singing Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with the Cathedral Choral Society and Washington Bach Consort Orchestra. In notable return engagements, Brian sang Monteverdi love duets on Valentine’s Day with GRAMMY®-winning orchestra Apollo’s Fire.
In the previous season, Brian Giebler sang Apollo in Handel's Semele with The English Concert and The Clarion Choir in an international tour under esteemed conductor Harry Bicket, including performances at the Theatre des Champs-Elysées (Paris), the Barbican (London), and the Perelman Stage of New York’s Carnegie Hall. He joined the Grand Rapids Symphony, Musica Sacra (Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall), Baltimore Choral Arts, and the Mark Morris Dance Group at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival for his solo débuts. On stage, Brian Giebler took on the comedic role of Arnalta in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea with Boston Baroque, joining a star-studded cast including Anthony Roth Costanzo and Amanda Forsythe. He sang and recorded the role of Iff the Water Genie in Wuorinen's Haroun and the Sea of Stories with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, which is projected to release in 2020. He made his début with Boston Early Music Festival in Bremen, Germany, singing Chœur des Plaisirs in Charpentier’s Les Plaisirs, and Bacchus and Chœur des Fontaines in de Lalande’s Les Fontaines in concert and recording (the former earning a 2020 GRAMMY® Nomination for Best Opera Recording).
Brian Giebler’s other notable appearances have included the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst (singing Stravinsky's Threni), multiple performances of Handel's Messiah (including the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Musica Sacra at Carnegie Hall), Bach St. Matthew Passion Evangelist with Music at Trinity Wall Street and True Concord Artists, Mozart Requiem at Carnegie Hall (Manhattan Concert Productions), Bach Cantatas with Handel & Haydn Society (Jordan Hall), and the American Classical Orchestra (Mozart Große Messe in c-Moll at Lincoln Center). He made his stage début with Charlottesville Opera as Jack in Sondheim’s Into the Woods, where he was lauded for “his spotless tenor vocals [that were] a highlight of the production” (BroadwayWorld), and created the title role in Anathema: The Turing Opera at National Sawdust, by William Antoniou.
Brian Giebler’s earlier successes included a 2nd place win (Stanley C. Meyerson Award) in the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition at Carnegie Hall, the Richard Chambless People's Choice Award at the 2018 American Traditions Competition, and 3rd place (Honorable Mention) in the 2016 Biennial Bach Vocal Competition sponsored by the American Bach Society. Brian Giebler is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned his Master’s degree in Vocal Performance. He is also an alumnus of the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music, and was a Young Artist with the Aspen Opera Theater Center, Oregon Bach Festival, and Carmel Bach Festival.
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UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 2020