The American soprano, Karyl Ryczek, Graduated from Amsterdam High School in New York in 1977. She studied at the State University of New York at Potsdam from 1977 to 1981, graduating with BA degree in Music Education. She obtained her Master of Music degree in Applied Music from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
Karyl Ryczek has enjoyed a varied and rich performance career on the opera, oratorio and concert stages. Her singing has been described as intelligent, dramatically informed and in possession of opulent tone. A frequent soloist with the Cantata Singers, she has also appeared with Boston Baroque, Monadnock Music Festival, Boston Musica Viva and Collage New Music in addition to numerous orchestral engagements. She made her Symphony Hall debut with the Cantata Singers in a world premiere of T.J. Andersonís Slavery Documents II and in a remounted performance of Donald Surís Slavery Documents.
Karyl Ryczek has had the privilege of working with and premiering the works of some of the most prominent composers of our time including John Harbison, Aaron Jay Kernis, T.J. Anderson, and Charles Fussell. She has had worked with the Grammy Award winning Pacifica String Quartet. She made her Boston operatic debut with Collage New Music in a premiere of Charles Fussellís chamber opera, Astronautís Tale. She also created the role of Madame Dubarry in the opera, Grace, a production created for Opera on the Edge. She has performed the widely popular Third Symphony of Gorecki with the Boston University Orchestra and Samuel Barberís Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and she has performed Robert Kapilowís childrenís operas, Green Eggs and Ham and Gertrude McFuzz with the Hingham Symphony. Favoring the recital stage, she has sung the Boston premieres of Aaron Jay Kernisí song cycle, Valentines and of Revol Buninís Russian song cycle, Romance, during last yearís Longy September Fest. In addition, she has sung the soprano solos in a world premiere of John Harbisonís But Mary Stood.
In recent seasons Karyl Ryczek sang the soprano solos for Charles Fussellís, High Bridge with the Cantata Singers. She appeared as the soprano soloist at Sanders Theater in a production of Kurt Weillís Seven Deadly Sins. Numerous other recital and concert appearances followed. A world premiere of a song cycle written by composer, Paul Brust for Ms. Ryczek and pianist, Wayman Chin took place on the opening concert for the Longy September Fest 2007.
Karyl Ryczek teaches as an adjunct professor at Bridgewater State University and serves as the Chair of the Voice Department at the Longy School of Music of Bard College (since 1992). She also serves as the Assistant Dean for Faculty and Program Development.