Brian Mulligan – Baritone
Brian Mulligan is the 2006 winner of the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Vocal Competition, only the third American in the competition’s history to win this coveted prize.
A graduate of the Juilliard School and the recent winner of a Richard Tucker Career Grant, Brian Mulligan makes his San Francisco Opera debut during the 2008/09 season as Marcello in La Bohème under the baton of Nicola Luisotti, as well as his English National Opera debut as Sharpless in Anthony Minghella’s celebrated production of Madama Butterfly. Other highlights include a return to Los Angeles Opera as Prometheus in a new production of Walter Braunfels’s Die Vögel, conducted by James Conlon as part of the Recovered Voices series; his debut at Opera Colorado as Zurga in Andrew Sinclair’s production of Les Pêcheurs de Perles, conducted by Sebastian Lang-Lessing; and Lescaut in Manon Lescaut at New Orleans Opera.
The 2007/08 season included performances of Marcello for the New York City and Houston Grand Operas. Mr. Mulligan also took on Bohème’s Schaunard for Los Angeles Opera, under the baton of Plácido Domingo, followed by Melot in that company’s critically acclaimed production of Tristan und Isolde, conducted by James Conlon. During the summer of 2008, the American baritone performed Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at Central City Opera. His concert schedule included Handel’s Judas Maccabæus with Maestro Conlon and members of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, and his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony; and Mendelssohn’s Paulus with the Houston Symphony. During the 2007/08 season he also understudied both Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera and the title role in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Yevgeny Onegin.
Recent engagements include Schaunard in La Bohème at New York City Opera, and Sharpless in Palm Beach Opera’s Madama Butterfly. He also covered the role of Riccardo in I Puritani at the Metropolitan Opera and appeared on the concert stage with Houston Grand Opera for Der Kaiser von Atlantis under the baton of James Conlon, and with the New Haven Symphony for Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols.
Brian Mulligan made his Metropolitan Opera debut during the 2003/04 season in Die Frau ohne Schatten and has since been heard there as Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
“Velvety, evenly and effortlessly produced baritone and nuance-rich phrasing” - Opera News
“Commanding presence [and] booming sound.” Opera Now
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