Brian Vu
Baritone
New England Third Place Winner 2015

In the 2015-16 season, as a first-year Resident Artist with Pittsburgh Opera, Brian Vu will appear as John Brooke in Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Leo Stein in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27,  and Fiorello in Il barbere di Siviglia, as well as Figaro in a student matinee of that opera. Also on the baritone’s calendar: a Resident Artist recital this fall and Elgar’s “Coronation Ode” with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra next spring. As a Young Artist at Glimmerglass last summer, Brian was the Inquisitor in Candide and covered the role of Maximilian; he also was a member of the Jazz Trio in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti.

 

A native of Los Angeles, Brian is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and the Yale School of Music. With OperaUCLA, Brian performed Ottone  in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Mercury in Orpheus in the Underworld, Narciso in Agrippina, the Minskman in Flight, and Jigger in Carousel. At Yale he appeared as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Dandini in La cenerentola, Marcello in La bohème, Dapertutto in Les contes d’Hoffmann), and Duke Robert in Iolanta, and was the baritone soloist in Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem” with the Yale Symphony Orchestra.

 

Brian has spent summers at the Wolf Trap Opera Studio (2012-2013), appearing as the Marquis d’Obigny in La traviata, and at the Music Academy of the West, where he was Moralès in their 2014 production of Carmen. On the concert stage, the baritone made his Carnegie Hall debut singing Mitch Leigh’s “Impossible Dream” with the composer in attendance, returning in 2014 to perform songs from the Frederich R. Koch Collection of Yale’s Beinecke Library. 

 

The recipient of a 2015 Encouragement Award in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation's Annual International Vocal Competition, Brian has also received Encouragement Awards in the George London Foundation Competition and the Gerder Lissner Competition (2014), along with earlier accolades from the Kurt Weill Foundation and the Opera Buffs of Los Angeles.  

 

 

 

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