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“both voice and character to make him stand out in the crowd.”

- The Sarasota Observer

 
 
 

“a young, clarion voice that carried beautifully”

- Palm Beach ArtsPaper

 

“a name to look for in the future.”

- San Jose Metblogs

About

Photo by Jessica Osber

Baritone Brian James Myer has been praised as a stage animal of "both voice and character to make him stand out in the crowd" (Sarasota Observer).  Mr. Myer joins Opera San José as a Resident Artist during the 2016–2017 season, performing Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ponchel in the West Coast premiere of Kevin Puts's Silent Night, and Schaunard in La bohème.  Previous roles with Opera San José include Angelotti in Tosca, Papageno and Second Priest in Die Zauberflöte, Masetto in Don Giovanni, and the roles of Alessandro/Enrico and Gino Carella in the world premiere production of Mark Weiser's Where Angels Fear to Tread.  For his interpretation of the tragic character of Gino, Mr. Myer was hailed as "a name to look for in the future" (San José Metblogs).

Other recent engagements include Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Florida Grand Opera; Silvio in Pagliacci with Sarasota Opera; Le Dancaïre in Carmen, Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, and Masetto in Don Giovanni with Opera Las Vegas; and the Marchese in La traviata, Pish-Tush in The Mikado, Yakusidé in Madama Butterfly, and Albert in The Ballad of Baby Doe with Chautauqua Opera.

On the concert platform, Mr. Myer has appeared as soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, Milhaud’s Cantate de Psaumes, Bach’s Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio, Rutter’s Mass of the Children, and Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer in venues across North America. He has recently made his Opera Orlando debut as part of their Opera in the Park summer concert series, performing as a member of "The Three Baritones" to sold-out audiences and joining the group in the recording studio for their upcoming album "Christmas Around the World".

Mr. Myer's achievements and recognitions on the vocal competition circuit include two young artist encouragement awards from Chautauqua Opera, first place prizes in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competitions in both Ohio and his native Nevada, and the Albert Rees Davis Scholarship from the Singers Club of Cleveland.  He was also a regional finalist in the NATS Artist Award Competition (Cal-Western Region) and a semifinalist in the Meistersinger Competition of the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS Graz).

As a staunch advocate of music education, Mr. Myer has participated in outreach programs with the Palm Springs Opera Guild and Chautauqua Opera.  He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Romance Languages from University of Nevada Las Vegas and a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.  An active composer, Mr. Myer’s choral octavo “Go, Lovely Rose”, a setting of the poem of Edmund Waller, is published at Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Inc.

 
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Repertoire

Opera

Bizet

Carmen

Morales

Le Dancaïre

 

Cimarosa

Il matrimonio segreto

Il Conte Robinson

 

Donizetti

Don Pasquale

Malatesta

L’elisir d’amore

Belcore

 

Gounod

Roméo et Juliette

Mercutio

 

Heggie

Three Decembers

Charlie

Leoncavallo

Pagliacci

Silvio

 

Menotti

The Old Maid and the Thief

Bob

 

Mozart

Così fan tutte

Guglielmo

Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni

Masetto

Le nozze di Figaro

Il Conte Almaviva

Die Zauberflöte

Papageno

 

Poulenc

Dialogues des Carmélites

Le Marquis de la Force

Puccini

La bohème

Marcello

Schaunard

Madama Butterfly

Yamadori

 

Purcell

Dido and Aeneas

Aeneas

 

Puts

Silent Night

Ponchel

 

Rossini

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Figaro

La Cenerentola

Dandini

 

Strauss, R.

Ariadne auf Naxos

Harlekin

Strauss II, J.

Die Fledermaus

Falke

Frank

 

Sullivan

The Mikado

Ko-Ko

Pish-Tush

 

Thomas

Hamlet

Hamlet

 

Weinberg

The Passenger

Tadeusz

 

Weiser

Where Angels Fear to Tread

Gino Carella

Concert

Bach

Magnificat, BWV 243

Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248

 

Brahms

Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52

Milhaud

Cantate de Psaumes

 

Mozart

Coronation Mass, K. 317

Requiem, K. 626

Orff

Carmina Burana

 

Rutter

Mass of the Children

Upcoming Events

2016

2017

Past Events

2016

2015

2014

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Press

The Mikado (Pish-Tush) - Chautauqua Opera 2016

"Brian James Myer, Baritone recipient of the Chautauqua Opera Encouragement Award and the Chautauqua Opera Student Artist Award was equally skilled vocally and in choreography execution singing the character role of Pish-Tush often travelling across the stage on Heelys.”

Todd Pullan, Jamestown Post

 

The Barber of Seville (Figaro) - Florida Grand Opera 2015

“This is a good role for [Hilary Ginther, Rosina], and she should be able to repeat it with much success. The same goes for Myer, a Nevadan with a master’s from the Cleveland Institute of Music. An excellent Figaro, he has a young, clarion voice that carried beautifully, and in his “Largo al factotum” he did just enough of the repeat Figaro calls to make it funny and not over the top. He, too, is a very good comic actor, and his stage business was in the semi­slapstick tradition, which had the large house Sunday afternoon fully on his side.”

Greg Stepanich, Palm Beach ArtsPaper

 

“...his performance in the role of Figaro was an energetic tour-de-force of comedy.”

Jack Gardner, EDGE Media Network

 

“Brian James Myer, a talented comedian, makes an extremely handsome and agile Figaro with a beautiful, though not over powering baritone.”

Jeff Haller, ConcertoNet

 

Tosca (Angelotti) - Opera San Jose 2015

“Brian James Myer gave a highly spirited performance as he opened the action attempting to escape the evil Scarpia”

Heather J. Morris, Peninsula Reviews

 

“Performances given by Brian James Myer... were all well-mannered and deserving of praise.”

Elijah Ho, Mercury News

 

Where Angels Fear to Tread (Gino Carella) - Opera San Jose 2015

“But the winner of the night was Brian James Myer, who stepped into the role of Gino when Matthew Hanscom was unable to perform.  Brian James Myer made the show.  During intermission the audience could not stop talking about the song he sang to his baby. It was a moving performance and made the later tragedy that much more horrendous and upsetting. When he is given his tragic news later, he sobs into Caroline’s lap in a scene that tore at our hearts.  At the end he was given the loudest applause, and he deserved it. Brian James Myer is a name to look for in the future.”

Cynthia Corral, San Jose Metblogs

 

“In the cast we saw at the second performance on Sunday afternoon, Gino was sung for the first time by understudy Brian James Myer... Myer's rich romantic baritone and agile acting proved a real winner. He deserves to sing at least another of the remaining three performances.”

Mort Levine, Milpitas Post

 

 

Pagliacci (Silvio) - Sarasota Opera 2014

“The best two cast members were for me the young Russian soprano Veronica Mitina as Nedda and even younger and handsome Brian James Myer as Silvio. Their love duet was sensual and vocally glowing, in a way that the rest of the evening unfortunately could not match.”

Kevin Clarke, Place de l’Opera Web Magazine (Netherlands)

 

“And Brian James Myer, a young baritone from Las Vegas, also making his Sarasota Opera debut, handled his part as Silvio, Nedda’s real-life lover, with both voice and character to make him stand out in the crowd.”

June LeBell, The Sarasota Observer

 

 

The Magic Flute (Papageno) - Sin City Opera 2014

“Brian [James] Myer was laugh-out-loud funny as Papageno in his silver lame jacket with zebra stripes and rainbow feathers. His rich baritone vocal performance was equal to his comic performance.”

Richard Davis, The Las Vegas Review Journal

 

 

The Magic Flute (Papageno) - Cleveland Institute of Music 2013

“The most vivid presence in the Friday night cast was Brian James Myer as the bird-catcher Papageno, prototype of the comic sidekick, and the character who gets the most funny business... Myer capers, grimaces and cuts up so well it’s easy to overlook his supple and expressive baritone voice.”

Mark Satola, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

 

Media

Come un'ape ne' giorni d'aprile - La Cenerentola

Composer: Gioacchino Rossini

Pianist: Daniela Candillari

Photo by Jessica Osber

Photo by Jessica Osber

Within this frail crucible of light - The Rape of Lucretia

Composer: Benjamin Britten

Pianist: Daniela Candillari

Photo by Jessica Osber

Photo by Jessica Osber

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Contact

For inquiries regarding engagement, please direct all requests to:

Justin Werner, Co-Founder and Artist Manager

jwerner@couretwerner.com

 

Laura Black, Associate Artist Manager

lblack@couretwerner.com

 

Doug Han, Associate Artist Manager

dhan@couretwerner.com

 

Phone: 646-847-9924