Gregory Zavracky, tenor
Praised for his fine musicality, “glowing intensity,” and “clarion tone,” Gregory Zavracky maintains an active performance schedule on concert and opera stages alike. Recent engagements include the Officer in The Barber of Seville with Boston Lyric Opera, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville with Townsend Opera, Tamino in Boston Lyric Opera’s family production of The Magic Flute, Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi and Buoso’s Ghost with Lake George Opera, Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte and Camille in The Merry Widow with Cape Cod Opera, Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Opera in the Heights in Houston, Lechmere in Owen Wingrave with Boston University Opera Institute, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Metrowest Opera, Face on the Barroom Floor with Charleston Chamber Opera, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola with Capitol Heights Lyric Opera, and Prince Dauntless in Once Upon a Mattress and Schmidt in Werther with Chautauqua Opera, where he also covered Nemorino in the Elixir of Love.
Gregory has recently sung in the world premieres of Matthew Aucoin's Crossing with the American Repertory Theater, the Five Borough Songbook with Five Boroughs Music Festival, David Wolfson's Faith Operas with Hartford Opera Theater, Steven Sametz's A Child's Requiem with the University of Connecticut Orchestra, Ketty Nez’s The Fiddler and the Old Woman of Rumelia with the Xanthos Ensemble and James Yannatos’ Rocket’s Red Blare with Intermezzo Opera, and Three American Songs by Anthony DeRitis (soon to be released on CD).
A Gerda Lissner Foundation Encouragement Award recipient, a Liederkranz Competition finalist in the art song divison, and a finalist in the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition, Gregory’s concert experience includes opera and pops concerts with both the Chautauqua and Utah Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Mozart’s Vespers with the Providence Singers, Schubert’s Mass in G with Coro Allegro; Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Aurea Ensemble; the Bach Magnificat and Cantata 191 with Back Bay Chorale, Janácek’s Otcenás and Respighi’s Lauda per la Natività with Chorus Pro Musica, Carmina Burana with Masterworks Chorale; Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Haydn’s Creation with Nashoba Valley Chorale; Mozart’s Mass in C minor with Quincy Choral Society, and Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Connecticut Virtuosi.
As a composer, Gregory's works include several song cycles, three operas, and a number of choral and chamber works. A two-time finalist for the NATS Art Song Award for his song cycles Slabs of the Sunburnt West and Sea Garden, recent performances of his works have been heard at Virginia Tech, Smith College, the Music at Norway Pond, the Cosmos Club in DC, Calliope’s Call recital series, the Cotuit Center for the Arts, and Boston University. In 2011, his madrigal, Sighs are my food, won first place in the Cambridge Chamber Singers composition competition.
Gregory currently teaches voice at the University of Connecticut, Brown University, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Boston University. 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. His recent article, "A Guide to Libby Larsen's My Ántonia," was published in the March/April 2018 Journal of Singing.