Robert Getchell began singing at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst where he studied French and Spanish literature. In France he studied French baroque music at the 'Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles' and continued his studies with Margreet Honig at the Amsterdam Conservatory, specializing in early music interpretation with Howard Crook.
In Europe Robert Getchell is a frequently requested soloist, performing with many ensembles and conductors such as L’Orchestre des Champs-Elysées con. Philippe Herreweghe, Les Talens Lyriques, La Grande Ecurie et Chambre du Roy, Frans Brüggen, Amarillis, Gli Angeli Genève, Le Concert des Nations con. Jordi Savall, Akademie für Ate Muzik Berlin, Les Musiciens de St. Julien and is a member of The Kraken Consort. Getchell has performed the role of La Furie in Lully’s Isis with Hugo Reyne, Astolphe in Lully’s Roland, Mercure in Lully's Persée, The Chamberlin in Purcell's The Fairy Queen, Eurimaco in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse, and the title role in Le Claire´s Scylla et Glaucus with Christophe Rousset. In America he regularly sings with L´Opéra Lafayette con. Ryan Brown performing roles such as Hyppolyte in Rameau´s Hyppolyte et Aricie, Le Chevalier in Gluck's Armide, Polinice in Sacchini´s Oedipe a Colone, Renaud in Lully’s Armide (the latter two recorded by Naxos). He performed the role of Gomatz and Le Podestat in Mozart Short Cuts a staged opera by Jérôme Deschamps and Macha Makeïf, con. L. Equilbey and the role of Ferrando in Mozart's Così fan tutte at the Champs-Elysées Theater with con. Jean-Claude Malgoire.
Robert Getchell has been invited to sing in various festivals in Europe such as the festivals of Versailles, Ambronay, Fribourg, Beaune and Utrecht, and he has recorded numerous CD's with works from composers from Charpentier and Mozart to Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Poulenc. Among his projects for 2023 Robert will be singing in Lully's Opera Thésée with Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques, concerts and a recording (Alpha Classics) with the Baroque/Celtic group The Kraken Consort, Bach's Mathäus Passion with K. Stok and Concerto d'Amsterdam, various concerts with Stephan MacLeod and Gli Angeli Genève and a new program of music from H. Purcell and J. Blow with Les Musiciens de St. Julien and François Laarevitch.
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