Mr. Relyea made his Pacific Opera Victoria debut in 2005 as Gremin in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. He returned for the role of the Commendatore in Mozart's Don Giovanni (2007). In October, 2011 he will perform Daland in Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer.
Renowned for the richness of his voice and his compelling musical insights, bass-baritone Gary Relyea is one of the most distinguished artists currently before the public. He has thrilled audiences in Britten's War Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Mahler's Symphony No. 8 and Verdi's Requiem with prestigious orchestras including those of Cleveland, Philadelphia, Montreal, Toronto, Baltimore, Detroit, San Francisco, Calgary, Vancouver and Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra..
Mr. Relyea performs extensively in opera, singing such roles as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Friar Laurence in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette. His debut as Rocco in Beethoven's Fidelio coincided with the release of his CBC disc featuring scenes from Boris Godunov and Lucia di Lammermoor with the Vancouver Symphony, conducted by Sergiu Commissiona and Bruce Pullan. Titled Thine Angel's Spirits, the disc also contains arias from Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius and Mendelssohn's Elijah. He is featured on CBC's Rarities by Rossini and Verdi, and starred in TV productions of The Bear by William Walton, Aberfan by Raymond Pannell, and as the Commendatore in Leporello's Revenge, Rhombus Production's take on Don Giovanni.
Mr. Relyea often sings with Voices-Relyea, a trio with his wife, soprano Anna Tamm-Relyea and his sister, mezzo soprano Deanna Relyea. Their varied programs have been featured in many community concert series and summer music festivals.
Relyea almost stole the show…with a resonant bass-baritone and an honest emotional intensity that resonated right to the Royal Theatre's rafters.
Robert Jordan, Opera Canada, review of Pacific Opera Victoria's Eugene Onegin, 2006
Gary Relyea's Commendatore was bone-chilling, his singing authoritative with his smokey voice used to fine effect.
J.H. Stape, Review Vancouver, review of Pacific Opera Victoria's Don Giovanni, 2007