‘The Flying Dutchman’ in Hong Kong

On June 21 and 23, Brian Mulligan will star in the title role of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman in a concert version of the opera with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. These performances are part of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre’s 35th Anniversary Celebration Programmes and will be conducted by Jaap van Zweden, who previously led the orchestra in their acclaimed Ring cycle.

Mr. Mulligan will share the stage with Jennifer Holloway as Senta, Nikolai Schukoff as Erik, Ain Anger as Daland, Maya Yahav Gour as Mary, and Richard Trey Smagur as Steuermann. The Netherlands Radio Chorus and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus will also be featured in these not-to-miss concerts.

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‘Der fliegende Holländer’ in Teatro Regio Torino

This spring, Brian Mulligan makes his highly anticipated role and house debut as the Dutchman in Richard Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer at Teatro Regio Torino. The opera’s narrative centers on a cursed sea captain condemned to sail the seas forever until he finds true love. His fate takes a dramatic turn when he encounters Senta, a young woman whose unwavering love and willingness to sacrifice offer a glimmer of hope for his redemption.

Willy Decker’s acclaimed production, which inaugurated Teatro Regio Torino’s 2012-2013 season, is renowned for its minimalist yet striking costume and set designs by Wolfgang Gussmann. These designs effectively capture the ethereal dreamscape of Senta and her deep obsession with the Dutchman’s legend.

The outstanding cast also features Johanni Van Oostrum as Senta, Robert Watson as Erik, Gidon Saks as Daland, Annely Peebo as Mary, and Matthew Swensen as the Steersman. Nathalie Stutzmann will conduct the performances.

The performances are scheduled for May 17, 19, 22, 24, and 26.

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‘Die Walküre’ with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

This spring, Brian Mulligan joins the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra as Wotan in Die Walküre under the baton of Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Four concert performances of Wagner’s epic opera are scheduled, starting at de Doelen (Grand Hall) in Rotterdam on April 26, followed by shows at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden on April 28, Kozerthaus Dortmund on May 1, and concluding at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France, on May 4.

The star-studded cast will also include Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Siegmund, Elza van den Heever as Sieglinde, Soloman Howard as Hunding, Brian Mulligan as Wotan, Karen Cargill as Fricka, Tamara Wilson as Brünnhilde, Jessica Faselt as Helmwige, Brittany Olivia Logan as Gerhilde, Justyna Bluj as Ortlinde, Iris van Wijnen as Waltraute, Maria Barakova as Siegrune, Ronnita Miller as Grimgerde, Anna Kissjudit as Schwertleite, and Catriona Morison as Roßweiße.

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Role and House Debut in ‘Die Frau ohne Schatten’ at Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse

Brian Mulligan starts the new year with his role and company debut as Barak in Richard Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten at Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse. Nicolas Joël’s production, which premiered at the company in 2006, beautifully lends itself to the complex story about love, transformation, and the pursuit of a human soul. With a rich and intricate musical score, the opera showcases Strauss’s brilliance in orchestrating a narrative that delves into mystical realms and profound human experiences.

The stellar cast also includes Issachah Savage as the Emperor, Elisabeth Teige as the Empress, Ricarda Merbeth as Barak’s Wife, Sophie Koch as the Nurse, Aleksei Isaev as The One-eyed Man, Dominic Barberi as The One-armed Man, Damien Bigourdan as The Hunchback, Thomas Dolié as The Spirit Messenger, Julie Goussot as The Voice of a Falcon / The Guardian of the Threshold, Pierre-Emmanuel Roubet as The Apparition of a Youth, Rose Naggar-Tremblay as The Voice from Above, and Katharina Semmelbeck as a servant. Frank Beermann conducts.

Performances are on January 25, 28, 31, and February 4.

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‘Lohengrin’ at San Francisco Opera

Beginning his 2023-24 season, Brian Mulligan returns to San Francisco Opera as Friedrich von Telramund in Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin. Based on an infamous medieval tale about a mysterious rescuer who comes in a swan-drawn boat in defense of a damsel, David Alden’s staging of the magical opera has been set inside an oppressive war-torn city, making the opera eerily relevant to current times.

Mr. Mulligan will share the stage with Simon O’Neill as Lohengrin, Julie Adams as Elsa von Brabant, Kristinn Sigmundsson as King Heinrich, Judit Kutasi as Ortrud, Thomas Lehman as The King’s Herald. Music Director Eun Sun Kim conducts, marking the beginning of her journey through the works of Richard Wagner.

Performances are scheduled for October 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 2023 and November 1. There will be a live stream of the October 21st performance through the SFOpera website.

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100th Anniversary Concert at San Francisco Opera

Brian Mulligan returns to the San Francisco Opera to celebrate the house’s historic centennial season. On June 16, celebrate the 100-year history of San Francisco Opera with a once-in-a-century concert featuring a cavalcade of beloved San Francisco Opera stars and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus led by conductors Eun Sun Kim, Sir Donald Runnicles, and Patrick Summers.

Joining Mulligan is a top notch group of singers, including soprano Karita Mattila, soprano Ailyn Pérez, soprano Patricia Racette, soprano Nina Stemme, soprano Heidi Stober, soprano Adela Zaharia, mezzo soprano Susan Graham, mezzo soprano Daniela Mack, tenor Lawrence Brownlee, tenor Michael Fabiano, tenor Brandon Jovanovich, tenor Russell Thomas, baritone Lucas Meachem, and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn. The concert is followed by a sumptuous and elegant dinner with the artists. Proceeds benefit the Company’s second-century commitment to artistic excellence and innovation.

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‘Der Rosenkavalier’ at The Metropolitan Opera

Brian Mulligan joins the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Der Rosenkavalier as Faninal this spring, marking his role debut in Richard Strauss’ Viennese comedy. Mulligan will be joining a stellar cast including Lise Davidsen as Marschallin, Erin Morley as Sophie, Samantha Hankey as Octavian, Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs, René Barbera/Kang Wang (Apr. 7) as Italian Singer and Katharine Goeldner as Annina. Under the baton of Australian conductor Simone Young, this opulent production by Robert Carsen is not-to-be-missed this season.

Performances are on March 27, 31, April 4, 7, 11, 15, and 20.

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‘Lohengrin’ at The Metropolitan Opera

Brian Mulligan returns to The Metropolitan Opera as Herald in a new production of Lohengrin, an opera that hasn’t been seen at The Met for 17 years. In a sequel to his acclaimed production of Parsifal, celebrated French-Canadian director François Girard once again demonstrates his striking visual style and dramatic insight in this atmospheric staging of Wagner’s powerful score.

The brilliantly assembled cast of operatic superstars will also include Piotr Beczala in the title role, Christine Goerke as Ortrud, Tamara Wilson and Elena Stikhina (March 28, April 1) as Elsa, Evgeny Nikitin as Telramund and Günther Groissböck as Heinrich.

The Met’s Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conducts the majority of the run while Patrick Furrer leads the opera on March 10 and April 1.

Performances occur on Feb 26, March 2, 5, 10, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28, April 1. The show on March 18 will be live-streamed in HD to cinemas worldwide for the viewing pleasure of opera lovers around the globe. Additionally, the March 2 and 18 performances will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SiriusXM Channel 355.

 

ALBURNUM – Album Release

BRIAN MULLIGAN + TIMOTHY LONG

Release Date: November 11, 2022

Brian Mulligan’s latest release Alburbum includes world premiere recordings of songs by three acclaimed American composers: Songs From the Plays (2001), by Mason Bates with poetry from Kenneth Koch, As Long As We Live (2010), by Missy Mazzoli with text from Walt Whitman, and Walden (2018), by Gregory Spears with text from Henry David Thoreau. Brian Mulligan is joined by long time collaborator and pianist Timothy Long, their previous work together was described by Gramophone as “a succession of poignant gem-like moments, exquisite distillations of love…”.

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I believe that some of the greatest music the world has ever heard has yet to be composed. So, when I have a visceral response to music from composers who are alive, I do all I can to encourage them to continue creating. I have been so inspired by the works of Mason Bates, Missy Mazzoli and Gregory Spears, and it is my absolute joy to introduce the world to this collection of their gorgeous, emotive, meaningful songs. – Brian Mulligan

Teatro di San Carlo Debut in ‘Tristan und Isolde’

On October 27, 30, November 2 and 5, Brian Mulligan makes his company debut with Teatro di San Carlo as Kurwenal in Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. This production by Lluìs Pasqual will also star Stuart Skelton as Tristan, Nina Stemme as Isolde, René Pape as King Marke of Cornwall, and Okka von der Damerau as Brangäne. Constantin Trink also makes his debut as the conductor of this epic romance.

Photos: Dario Acosta