Hailed by The New York Times for “a voice that is rich, secure, and really, really big” and by Opera News for having “a wonderful, rich voice and a fine stage presence,” baritone Brian Mulligan frequently appears with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies.
In the 2016-17 season, Mulligan makes his debut at the Vienna Staatsoper as Captain Balstrode in Peter Grimes, with returns to Opernhaus Zürich for a signature role of Valentin in Faust and Oper Frankfurt for his role debut of Golaud in Pelléas and Mélisande. On the symphonic front, he returns to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, conducted by Robert Spano.
The 2015-16 season brought Mulligan back to San Francisco Opera in the title role of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd – a role debut – with conductor Patrick Summers, shortly followed by Enrico in a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor opposite Piotr Beczała, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. He returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Paolo in Simon Boccanegra, with Plácido Domingo in the title role and James Levine conducting, and to Opernhaus Zürich as Yeletsky in Pique Dame conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek. At Minnesota Opera, Mulligan took on the chillingly insane character of Jack Torrance in the world premiere of The Shining, written by Paul Moravec and librettist Mark Campbell and conducted by Michael Christie. He made his debut at the Theater an der Wien with Oper Frankfurt on tour, reprising the role of Tadeusz in Weinberg’s The Passenger, and concluded the season with a company and role debut at the Glimmerglass Festival as the venerable patriarch John Proctor in Robert Ward’s Pulitzer Prize-winning operatic adaptation of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Highlights of Mulligan’s symphonic work include Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Donald Runnicles for his debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Brahms’ A German Requiem with the Pacific Chorale.