Gregory Zavracky, tenor
Praised for his “musically deployed light tenor voice,” (Opera News), “strong comic singing,” (Boston Globe) “clarion tone,” and “glowing intensity,” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), tenor Gregory Zavracky is a frequent performer on opera, concert and recital stages. Gregory has recently sung Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène with Odyssey Opera, Handel’s Messiah with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Matt Aucoin’s Crossing with the American Repertory Theater, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville with Townsend Opera, Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Aurea Ensemble, Tamino in Boston Lyric Opera’s family production of The Magic Flute, Purcell’s Tempest with the Henry Purcell Society of Boston, Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi and Buoso’s Ghost with Opera Saratoga, Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Opera in the Heights, Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte with Cape Cod Opera, and Prince Dauntless in Once Upon a Mattress with Chautauqua Opera. He is a frequent concert soloist in the Boston area, performing works including Carmina Burana, Messiah, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart Requiem, and Bach Magnificat.
He has sung in the world premieres of Five Boroughs Music Festival’s Five Borough Songbook, David Wolfson’s Faith Operas, Ketty Nez’s The Fiddler and the Old Woman of Rumelia, James Yannatos’ Rocket’s Red Blare, Anthony DeRitis’ Three American Songs, Steven Sametz’ A Child’s Requiem, and Dan Shore’s Works of Mercy.
Gregory has recently given recitals at the Highland Center for the Arts, Highfield Hall, the Cotuit Center for the Arts, University of Connecticut, and Brown University. He is a frequent performer in the Handel and Haydn Society ensemble. He was an award winner in the Gerda Lissner Foundation competition and a finalist in the Liederkranz and Connecticut Opera Guild competitions.
Gregory is in his eighth year as a voice instructor at the University of Connecticut and fifth year as a teaching associate at Brown University. He has spent nine summers on faculty at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He is a board member and the American art song editor for the website, SongHelix. Scholarly writings include his dissertation, “Libby Larsen’s My Ántonia: The Song Cycle and the Tonal Landscape of the American Prairie,” and two articles for the Journal of Singing: “A Guide to Libby Larsen’s My Ántonia” and “A Guide to Tom Cipullo’s Captivating Song Cycle, Late Summer.” A third article on Harry T. Burleigh’s Five Songs of Laurence Hope is slated for upcoming publication in the JOS.
As a composer, he has received commissions and awards for his music, which may be heard on his Soundcloud page: soundcloud.com/greg-zavracky/sets. His music has recently been programmed by various concert series including Calliope’s Call (MA), Music of Norway Pond (NH), Virginia Tech, and the Cotuit Center for the Arts (MA). Gregory has twice been a finalist for the NATS Art Song Award for his song cycles Sea Garden and Slabs of the Sunburnt West. Two of his songs will appear in the upcoming anthology Modern Music for New Singers: 21st Century American Art Songs, published by North Star Music.
Gregory received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Boston University while studying with Penelope Bitzas. Previous degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in music from Emory University, followed by two Master of Music degrees from New England Conservatory in voice performance and opera studies as a student of Edward Zambara.