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, Cond. Frans Brüggen, Il Fondamento, Concerto Köln, Amarillis, La Stagione Frankfurt, The Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Gli Angeli Genève, Le Concert des Nations con. Jordi Savall, and is a member of the White Raven Trio.
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 Opera Lafayette with 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, with L. Equilbey, and the role of Ferrando in Mozart's Così fan tutte at the Champs-Elysées Theater with 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. He recently recorded Haydn´s Die Sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (Naïve Classique) with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the Accentus Chamber Choir. Among his projects for 2016-2017, he will perform the role of Damon in La Double Coquette, a contemporary revision of Antoine Dauvergne’s opera comique La Coquette Trompée (1753) by Gérard Pesson, touring in Europe, the United States, and South America, J.H. Schein's Israelsbrünnlein European tour with Con. Philippe Herreweghe, and various concerts with J.C. Malgoire, Skip Sempé, and Stephan MacLeod.