ABOUT

Biography

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".

Contact Information

Harwood Management, Inc.
P.O. Box 250390, Columbia University Station
New York, NY 10025
phone: 212.663.2447 or 212.864.0773
fax: 212.663.1129
email: jim@harwood-management.com

BrettColby@aol.com

REPERTOIRE

Opera + Operetta (by Composer)

  • Bizet
  • Carmen
  • El Remendado
  • Cilea
  • Adriana Lecouvreur
  • L’Abate di Chazeuil
  • Floyd
  • Cold Sassy Tree
  • Will Tweedy
  • Floyd
  • Susannah
  • Little Bat McLean
  • Humperdinck
  • Hänsel und Gretel
  • The Witch
  • Kalman
  • Countess Maritza
  • Baron Zsupan
  • Lehar
  • The Merry Widow
  • Camille
  • Leoncavallo
  • I Pagliacci
  • Beppe
  • Menotti
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors
  • King Kaspar
  • Menotti
  • The Consul
  • The Magician
  • Menotti
  • The Medium
  • Toby
  • Moore
  • The Ballad of Baby Doe
  • Sam (First Crony)
  • Mozart
  • Die Entführung aus dem Serail
  • Pedrillo
  • Mozart
  • Le Nozze di Figaro
  • Basilio/Curzio
  • Mozart
  • Die Zauberflöte
  • Monostatos
  • Offenbach
  • Les Contes d’Hoffmann
  • The 4 Servants, Nathanael
  • Offenbach
  • La Périchole
  • Piquillo
  • Prokovieff
  • L’Amour des Trois Oranges
  • Trouffaldino
  • Puccini
  • Madama Butterfly
  • Goro
  • Puccini
  • Tosca
  • Spoletta
  • Puccini
  • Turandot
  • Pang or Pong
  • Smetana
  • The Bartered Bride
  • Vasek
  • Strauss, J.
  • Die Fledermaus
  • Eisenstein or Dr. Blind
  • Strauss, R.
  • Ariadne auf Naxos
  • Tanzmeister, Scaramuccio
  • Strauss, R.
  • Elektra
  • Der Junger Diener
  • Strauss, R.
  • Der Rosenkavalier
  • Valzacchi
  • Strauss, R.
  • Salome
  • Zweiter Jude
  • Sullivan
  • The Gondoliers
  • Marco or Luiz
  • Sullivan
  • Iolanthe
  • Strephon
  • Sullivan
  • The Mikado
  • Nanki-Poo
  • Sullivan
  • The Pirates of Penzance
  • Frederic
  • Sullivan
  • Trial by Jury
  • The Defendant
  • Sullivan
  • The Yeomen of the Guard
  • Fairfax
  • Verdi
  • Falstaff
  • Dr. Caius or Bardolfo
  • Verdi
  • La Traviata
  • Gastone
  • Verdi
  • Il Trovatore
  • Ruiz
  • Wagner
  • Der Meistersinger von Nürnberg
  • David
  • Wagner
  • Das Rheingold
  • Loge/Mime

Musical Theater Roles (alphabetized by show)

  • Assassins
  • The Balladeer
  • Bat Boy
  • Bat Boy
  • The Boyfriend
  • Bobby
  • Carousel
  • Mr. Snow
  • Chess
  • Freddie
  • Evita
  • Che
  • Falsettos
  • Whizzer
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Motel
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • Cornelius
  • How to Succeed in Business w/out Really Trying
  • J. Pierpont Finch
  • Into the Woods
  • Jack
  • Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Jesus or Judas
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Joseph
  • The King and I
  • Lun Tha
  • The Life
  • Jo Jo
  • A Little Night Music
  • Henrik
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Seymor
  • Man of La Mancha
  • Sancho Panza
  • Me and My Girl
  • The Family Solicitor
  • Merrily We Roll Along
  • Charlie
  • A New Brain
  • Gordon Schwinn
  • Titanic
  • Barrett, Fleet, Murdoch, Bride
  • Sweeney Todd
  • Tobias
  • Urinetown
  • Bobby Strong
EDUCATION + OTHER

Education

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

Other

APPRENTICE PROGRAMS

  • Utah Festival Opera
  • Michael Ballam, Mary Shearer
  • 2001
  • Sarasota Opera
  • Roger Bingaman, Greg Trupiano
  • 2002

CONDUCTORS

  • Barbara Day Turner
  • Jacques Lacombe
  • Jerome Shannon
  • Gerald Steichen
  • Peter Mark
  • Anton Coppola
  • Fiora Contino
  • Jeanine Wagar

VOICE

  • Kamel Boutros
  • Katherine Johnson

DIRECTORS

  • David Grabarkowitz
  • Tim Coleman
  • Marc Astafan
  • Dorothy Danner
  • James Marvel
  • Shaun Churchman
  • Ellen Schlaefer
  • Reegan MacKenzie

ACTING

  • Bijan Ahsef-Jah
  • Jack Romano

COACHES

  • William Hicks
  • Gary Norden
  • Liz Hastings
  • Eric Malson
  • Emily Hamper
  • Mitchell Cirker
  • Nathalie Doucet
  • Anthony Laciura

DANCE

  • Rolann Owens
  • Rusty Curcio

Other Skills

Experienced Trombonist, Conversational in German & French