LOng biography

Brian Mulligan is an American operatic baritone. Born in New York, Brian studied at Yale University and the Juilliard School. His voice teacher is Steve Smith.

In the 2016-2017 season, Brian Mulligan made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Captain Balstrode in Peter Grimes, with returns to Opernhaus Zürich for his signature role of Valentin in Faust and Oper Frankfurt for his role debut of Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande. On the symphonic front, Brian Mulligan returned to the San Francisco Symphony for Mahler’s Das klagende Lied led by Michael Tilson Thomas, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony conducted by Robert Spano, as well as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for John Adams’s The Wound Dresser. This season will also see the release of his recording featuring Dominick Argento’s Andrée Expedition and From the Diary of Virginia Woolf on the Naxos label.

During the 2015/16 season, Brian appeared at San Francisco Opera as Sweeney Todd with Patrick Summers and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Nicola Luisotti conducting.  At the Metropolitan Opera, Brian had a role debut as Paolo Albiani in Simon Boccanegra along side Placido Domingo, with James Levine conducting.  Brian created the role of Jack Torrance in the world premiere of Paul Moravec's The Shining with Michael Christie at Minnesota Opera.  European engagements included a return to Opernhaus Zürich as Yeletsky in Pique Dame and his debut at the Theater an der Wien as Tadeusz in Oper Frankfurt's production of the Passenger, presented by the Wiener Festwochen.  Brian also appeared at San Francisco Opera as Roderick Usher in both Gordon Getty's Usher House and Debussy's La chute de la maison Usher.  He finished his season with another role debut, John Proctor in the Crucible with Nicole Paiement conducting, in a new production by Francesca Zambello at the Glimmerglass Festival.

Recent engagements include Amfortas in Parsifal at Oper Frankfurt with Bertrand de Billy, Chorèbe in Les Troyens with Donald Runnicles and Renato in Un ballo in maschera with Nicola Luisotti, both at San Francisco Opera, Carmina Burana with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, Amonasro in Aida and Balstrode in Peter Grimes at the Aspen Music Festival, both with Robert Spano, Thérèse at Wexford Festival Opera, Hänsel und Gretel at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Tadeusz in Oper Frankfurt's award winning production of The Passenger.

Brian debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 2003 while still a student at Juilliard, in Die Frau ohne Schatten. Since then, he has gone on to perform at some of the greatest opera houses in the world, including the Wiener Staatsoper (debut as Balstrode in Peter Grimes), San Francisco Opera (debut as Marcello in La Bohème), Opernhaus Zürich (debut as Prince Yeletsky in Pique Dame), Lyric Opera of Chicago (debut as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor), Oper Frankfurt (debut as Prospero in Adès' The Tempest), Canadian Opera Company (debut as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor) and Houston Grand Opera (debut as Marcello in La Bohème).

Brian has garnered much critical acclaim in his career, particularly for his performances of Richard Nixon in Nixon in China with San Francisco Opera, Enrico in the David Alden production of Lucia di Lammermoor at Canadian Opera Company, English National Opera and Washington National Opera, the title role in Hamlet with Minnesota Opera and Valentin in Faust at the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera. 

Brian has also performed with many of the finest orchestras in America, including the Cleveland Orchestra (Sea Symphony), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Songs for Adam), the San Francisco Symphony (Das klagende Lied), the Baltimore Symphony (Carmina Burana), the Houston Symphony (Paulus), the Atlanta Symphony (Sea Symphony) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Mahler Symphony #8).  A performance of Mahler’s 8th Symphony, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, was recorded by Deutsche Grammophon and released on DVD in 2012.

Brian Mulligan holds dual citizenship with the United States and Ireland.