‘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.

Photos: Dario Acosta

‘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

‘Parsifal’ in Paris

On May 24, 28, 31, June 3, 6, 9 and 12, Brian Mulligan will return to the Opéra National de Paris as Amfortas in Wagner’s Parsifal, following his successful house debut as Créon in Enescu’s Œdipe which took place this past fall. This critically acclaimed production by award-winning director Richard Jones places the spiritual drama in the residence of a contemporary sect, bringing the story to the twenty-first century.

Under the baton of Simone Young, the thrilling cast will also feature Reinhard Hagen as Titurel, Kwangchul Youn as Gurnemanz, Falk Struckmann as Klingsor, Marina Prudenskaya as Kundry and Simon O’Neill as Parsifal.

Performances take place at Opéra Bastille.

Photos: Dario Acosta

Irish National Opera Debut in Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’

This month, Brian Mulligan will make his much-anticipated house debut with Irish National Opera where he will reprise the tyrannical Don Pizarro in Beethoven’s Fidelio. He has garnered much acclaim for his portrayal of the role with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette proclaiming “Baritone Brian Mulligan in particular distinguished himself as the villainous Don Pizarro, delivering powerful melodies with malevolent passion.” 

This exciting new production by award-winning theatre director Annabelle Comyn will also feature a fantastic roster of artists, including Sinéad Campbell-Wallace as Leonore, Robert Murray as Florestan, Daniel Sumegi as Rocco, Dean Powers at Jaquino, David Howes as Don Fernando and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Marzelline with Fergus Sheil leading from the podium. The performances will take place on November 7, 9, 10, 12, 13 at the Gaiety Theatre.

Photo: Dario Acosta

Œdipe in Paris

Brian Mulligan stars as Créon in Œdipe at the Opéra Bastille from September 20 to October 14. He’s joined by Christopher Maltman in the title role, Clive Bayley as Tirésias, Adrian Timpau as Thésée, Yann Beuron as Laïos, Ekaterina Gubanova as Jocaste, Clémentine Margaine as the Sphinge, Anna-Sophie Neher as Antigone and Anne Sofie von Otter as Mérope. Ingo Metzmacher conducts the production by Wajdi Mouawad.

Götterdämmerung & Das Rheingold at Lyric Opera of Chicago cancelled due to COVID-19

Brian Mulligan’s upcoming performances in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s thrilling Ring cycle have regrettably been canceled because of coronavirus concerns. Mulligan was set to make his highly anticipated role debut as Wotan in Das Rheingold and to return to the role of Gunther in Götterdämmerung. 

Marking the Lyric’s fourth time to present Wagner’s epic four-opera saga, director David Pountney placed the production in a darkly imaginative future. Music Director and Principal Conductor Sir Andrew Davis was set to conduct the expanded Lyric Opera Orchestra and an all-star cast. The extraordinary creative team included set designer Robert Innes Hopkins (expanding original designs by the late Johan Engels), costume designer Marie-Jeanne Lecca, lighting designer Fabrice Kebour, and choreographer Denni Sayers. Statement regarding COVID-19 cancellations from Lyric Opera of Chicago:

“At a press conference on Thursday, March 12, Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a State and City mandate that all large-scale events exceeding 1,000 individuals be canceled for the next 30 days as a preventive measure to stop the spread of COVID-19 disease (coronavirus). Additionally, the State and the City encouraged that community events of 250 people or more should be canceled until May 1. This encompasses the time period of our long-planned and highly-anticipated Ring cycle. With great regret, we have no option but to cancel all three Ring cycles and the preceding two performances of Gotterdammerung.” For more information, click here.

 

 

‘Fidelio’ with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

On January 24 & 26, Brian Mulligan stars as the malevolent Don Pizarro in concert performances of Beethoven’s Fidelio with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th anniversary of his birth this year, the PSO presents Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, under the baton of Manfred Honeck.

Mulligan shares the stage with a spectacular roster of soloists, including Eric Cutler as the title role, Nicole Chevalier as Leonore, Alexander Elliott as Don Ferrando, Wei Wu as Rocco, Rachele Gilmore as Marzelline, David Portillo as Jacquino, Thomas Shivone as Prisoner, and Don Marinelli as the narrator. For more information, visit the pittsburghsymphony.org

Puccini’s ‘Le Willis’ now available on CD

Opera Rara’s new recording of Puccini’s Le Willis, featuring Brian Mulligan as Guglielmo, is now available on CD format via Opera Rara and Amazon. Based on the new Ricordi critical edition, and reconstructed by musicologist Martin Deasy, the studio recording was taken at London’s Henry Wood Hall in November 2018. The original one-act version of Puccini’s first opera was successfully premièred at Milan’s Teatro Dal Verme but was never published and has not been heard since 1884. This marks Opera Rara’s first venture into the musical world of Puccini and its second verismo project.

Based on the short story Les Willis by French novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr – based in turn on the legend of the Vila who appear in the ballet Giselle – Le Willis was composed for a competition in 1883. While Puccini’s work did not even earn an honourable mention, his supporters helped fund its first production the following year in Milan. This, in turn, won the 24-year-old composer – already hailed as Verdi’s successor – a contract with Italy’s leading publisher, Ricordi. At Ricordi’s request, Puccini set about revising the work, creating a two-act version with additional arias for the soprano and tenor; and this is the form in which the work has been performed ever since.

Returning for her second collaboration with Opera Rara, Ermonela Jaho sings the role of Anna. Armenian tenor Arsen Soghomonyan will make his UK debut as her lover Roberto, and Brian Mulligan sings the role of her father Guglielmo. Opera Rara’s Artistic Director Sir Mark Elder conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra.