Schyler Vargas

Acclaimed as a “distinguished” (Washington Classical Review) and “powerful baritone,” (Washington Post) Schyler is gaining recognition as a premier cross-over artist, succeeding in comedic and dramatic roles in opera, operetta, and musical theatre.He begins the 2024 season in Los Angeles with his Pacific Opera Project debut as Gabe Valentine (Eisenstein) in The Bat’s Revenge (Die Fledermaus), then returns to Holy City Arts & Lyric Opera in Charleston as Georg in She Loves Me. In the spring, he will return to Carnegie Hall in New York City as Connie/Ragged Man in The Grapes of Wrath conducted by Ted Sperling and the MasterVoices chorus as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of Mr. Sperling as Artistic Director.Schyler will then return to The Glimmerglass Festival as a guest artist in both Elizabeth Cree as

Inspector Kildare and La Calisto as Mercurio. Schyler has also been seen in main stage roles at The Atlanta Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Dayton Opera, Haymarket Opera, and the Château de Versailles Spectacles in France. An award winning performer, Schyler has seen success in competitions with notable awards including: 1st place in Tri-Cities Opera’s Vocal Competition, two-time winner of the Rocky Mountain District in the Laffont Competition with the Metropolitan Opera, 2nd place and Audience Favorite in the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition, 2nd place at the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Aria Competition, and two-time District Winner in the Dorothy Lincoln-Smith Voice Competition. Schyler received his Master of Music degree from the renowned University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of William McGraw and his Bachelor of Music with a minor in Business Administration from Colorado State University. He is a proud alumnus of the Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy.Previous seasons have featured him in roles such as Strephon in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe at Carnegie Hall, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods, Maximilian in Candide, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and Riff, Diesel, and Chino in West Side Story. Prioritizing new works in his career, he has proudly premiered and workshopped many commissions including UNKNOWN by Shawn Okpebholo, as well as El cantor de tango by Pablo Ziegler at Houston Grand Opera, which is set to premiere in the next few years. In concert, Schyler has recently been the baritone soloist in Handel’s Messiah with The Phoenix Symphony, Vaughn Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with the Colorado Springs Chorale, as well as Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Rossini’s ist for Vaughn Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, Schubert’s Mass in Ab, and Mark Hayes’ Requiem.