American baritone Brian Mulligan sings regularly with the leading opera houses and orchestras of North America and Europe. He is equally renowned as an interpreter of classic works by Verdi, Wagner, and Strauss as well as of the most challenging twentieth and twenty-first century operas.Download Press Pack
Baritone Brian Mulligan is equally renowned as an interpreter of classic works by Verdi, Wagner and Strauss as well as of the most challenging twentieth and twenty-first century operas. His striking stage portrayals have taken him to leading opera houses throughout Europe and North America. He makes regular appearances with the leading US orchestras and in recital.
Brian Mulligan begins the 2018/19 season in recital with Vocal Arts DC at the Kennedy Center with pianist Timothy Long. He presents the world premiere of Walden by Gregory Spears, a work written for him based on texts by iconic American writer Henry David Thoreau. The recital also features From the Diary of Virginia Woolf by Dominick Argento, which Mulligan recently recorded on an acclaimed disc for Naxos.
A voice that is rich, secure and really, really bigThe New York Times
His operatic season includes a role debut as Mandryka in Strauss’ Arabella in a return to San Francisco Opera, conducted by Marc Albrecht. He records Guglielmo in Puccini’s Le Villi for Opera Rara and performs the work in concert in London under the baton of Sir Mark Elder. He appears at Opernhaus Zürich as Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles, and will later make a double debut with the Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam, first as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and then as Golaud in a new production of Pelléas et Mélisande. A further season highlight is the release on Bridge Records of his second solo CD titled “Old Fashioned,” which features beloved songs of the early twentieth century made popular by great American baritones of the past.
In the 2017-2018 season, Brian Mulligan made role debuts as Gunther and Donner in the Francesca Zambello production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the San Francisco Opera, conducted by Donald Runnicles. Classical Voice America lauded his portrayal of Gunther saying: “[he] sang Gunther with the voice of a king masked by a softness in physical presence that made him easy prey for Hagen.” He returned to Oper Frankfurt to sing Conte di Luna in David Bösch’s new production of Verdi’s Il trovatore, and Nélusko in Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine in Tobias Kratzer’s new staging. He also sang Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at Opernhaus Zürich, in a premiere staging by Ted Huffman, where he was acclaimed by Bachtrack saying: “Sharpless is moral standard, cultural interface and master of diplomacy all in one – an easy fellow to like anyway – but Mulligan sang the role with authority and bravado.”
In recent seasons, Brian Mulligan returned to Oper Frankfurt for his role debut as Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande. He has also returned to The Metropolitan Opera stage as Paolo in Simon Boccanegra, with Plácido Domingo in the title role and James Levine conducting. Return engagements at Opernhaus Zürich have included his signature role of Valentin in Gounod’s Faust, and Yeletsky in Robert Carsen’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame. At the Minnesota Opera, Mr. Mulligan created the role of Jack Torrance in the world premiere of The Shining, written by Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell, and he starred in the title role of Thomas’ Hamlet. The Star Tribune heralded his portrayal of Jack Torrance saying: “Brian Mulligan was an unforgettable Jack, alternately pathetic and terrifying and richly sung.”
Mr. Mulligan has made numerous appearances at the San Francisco Opera, where he has portrayed the title role in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd; the title role in Nixon in China; Enrico in a new production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor; Count Anckarström in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, and as Chorèbe in Sir David McVicar’s production of Berlioz’ Les Troyens. Other roles there have included Albert in Massenet’s Werther, Sharpless, Valentin, Marcello in Puccini’s La bohème, and the King’s Herald in Wagner’s Lohengrin.
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Brian Mulligan is riveting…a fine, strong, open baritoneThe Financial Times of London
Other career operatic highlights include his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten, while still a student at The Juilliard School. Since then he has made many celebrated debuts at the world’s leading opera houses, including Opernhaus Zürich (Yeletsky), Wiener Staatsoper (Captain Balstrode in Britten’s Peter Grimes), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Enrico), Oper Frankfurt (Prospero in Adès’ The Tempest), Canadian Opera Company (Enrico), Houston Grand Opera (Marcello), and English National Opera (Sharpless). Other important roles have included Valentin at the Metropolitan Opera, and Enrico in the David Alden production of Lucia di Lammermoor at Canadian Opera Company, English National Opera, and Washington National Opera. He sang Prometheus in Walter Braunfels’ Die Vögel and Marcello at Los Angeles Opera; with Lyric Opera of Chicago as The Father in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel; at Japan’s Saito Kinen Festival as Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff; New York City Opera as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro; Opera Theatre of St. Louis as the title role in Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer; Central City Opera as Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia; and at the Wexford Festival Opera in a double bill of Massenet’s operas La Navarraise and Thérèse.
On the symphonic front, Brian Mulligan has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony for Mahler’s Das klagende Lied, led by Michael Tilson Thomas; the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony conducted by Robert Spano, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for Adams’ The Wound Dresser. He performed Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with the Pacific Chorale, and in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. At the Aspen Music Festival, he made a role debut as Amonasro in a semi-staged performance of Verdi’s Aida under the baton of Robert Spano. Other orchestral highlights include Carmina Burana and A Sea Symphony at the Blossom Music Festival with Cleveland Orchestra. In the world premiere of Primosch’s Songs for Adam conducted by Sir Andrew Davis with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, he was lauded by the Chicago Classical Review saying: “[he] possesses a burnished, evenly produced instrument and his sensitive singing and exemplary diction made the greatest possible case for Primosch’s cycle.” He has also appeared in performance with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Carmina Burana, conducted by Marin Alsop. He joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, which was recorded by Deutsche Grammophon and released on DVD.
Other orchestral highlights include Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus with James Conlon and members of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; concert versions of Der Kaiser von Atlantis with Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Ravinia Festival under the baton of James Conlon, where he also performed Das klagende Lied; Mendelssohn’s Paulus and Handel’s Messiah with the Houston Symphony; Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Phoenix Symphony under Michael Christie; Silvio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra in New Zealand; Titus in Magnard’s rarely performed Bérénice at Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra; Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem and the West Coast premiere of Lieberson’s The World in Flower with the Los Angeles Master Chorale; and Balstrode in Peter Grimes at the Aspen Music Festival.
A graduate of The Juilliard School, Mr. Mulligan has been awarded a Richard Tucker Career Grant, a Sara Tucker Study Grant, the George London Award, and First Prize at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Vocal Competition.
Mr. Mulligan holds dual citizenship in the United States and Ireland.
The Death Of Klinghoffer
Nixon in China
Les Pêcheurs De Perles
The Rape of Lucretia
Pélleas et Mélisande
Lucia di Lammermoor
Hänsel und Gretel
Le nozze di Figaro
Die Frau ohne Schatten
Un ballo in maschera
Conte di Luna
Der fliegende Holländer
The King's Herald