Armenian-American tenor Brett Noorigian Colby is a versatile singer/actor specializing in character roles in the operatic and musical theatre repertoires. His strong comedic and vocal skills have garnered rave reviews throughout the US and Europe.
Brett’s repertoire includes Basilio/Don Curzio (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Green Mountain Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera and Connecticut Grand Opera; Spoletta (Tosca) with Opera New Jersey and Opera Illinois; Beppe (I Pagliacci) with Opera Delaware and the Westfield Symphony; Little Bat (Susannah) with Utah Festival Opera and Cedar Rapids Opera; Camille (The Merry Widow) with Rimrock Opera; Piquillo (La Perichole) with West Bay Opera; El Remendado (Carmen) with Mobile Opera and New Rochelle Opera; and Goro (Madama Butterfly) with Virginia Opera, Anchorage Opera, El Paso Opera, West Field Symphony Orchestra, Opera Illinois, Midland Symphony, Boheme Opera, Metro Lyric Opera and Cedar Rapids Opera, among others. In his European debut, he joined Theater Görlitz, singing the roles of Nathanaël and The Four Servants (The Tales of Hoffmann), for which German papers wrote that he "mastered his diverse roles vocally, theatrically, and with immaculate diction".
Equally at home on musical theatre stages, recent roles include Harold Hill in The Algonquin Theatre’s The Music Man and The Narrator (The Rocky Horror Show) and Charlemagne (Pippin) with ReVision Theatre. He has starred in and recorded albums for two original musicals in New York: Vivianna (a re-telling of La Traviata) and My Heinous Life, for which NYC papers said, “Brett’s commanding tenor voice and sure stage presence kept the nonsense moving briskly”, and dubbed him, “sweet candy”. Other musical theatre roles include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, and a modernized version of The Pirates of Penzance at NYC's South Street Seaport. Brett spent two summers in Elmira, NY and Hartford, CT, portraying Young Mark Twain in Mark Twain: The Musical. He was featured in the independent comedy film The War on the War on Drugs, and has been heard frequently on Power 105.1 FM's "Dr. Dre in the Morning" Show, singing operatic renditions of popular Rap songs in a segment called "Hip-Hopera".
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Music Theater Bavaria (Oberaudorf, Germany) - Richard Owens, dir., 2002
Rowan College (Glassboro, NJ) - B.M. Vocal Performance, 1997
Stagedoor Manor Theatre Arts Training Center, 1989-1992
Experienced Trombonist, Conversational in German & French