About

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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.