BRIAN JAMES MYER
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). In 2018, Mr. Myer made debuts with Hawaii Symphony as baritone soloist in Carmina Burana, Henderson Symphony as Maximilian in Candide, American Lyric Theater on their InsightALT: Opera in Eden concert at Merkin Hall, the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice as Moralès and Le Dancaïre in Carmen, and finally the Grand Teton Music Festival as Snowboy and Big Deal in West Side Story under the baton of Donald Runnicles. He also returned to Opera Las Vegas return as Dandini in La Cenerentola and Hawaii Opera Theater as Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette. In 2019, Mr. Myer debuted with New York City Opera as Young Erich in Ted Rosenthal’s jazz opera, Dear Erich, returned to Opera Orlando to sing Fiorello and Bert (formally known as Berta) in their new production of The Barber of Seville , makes his MESS (Mise-en-scène Studios) debut as the baritone soloist in the Brahms Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes, returns to Opera Las Vegas as Leo Stein in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 and will rejoin New York City Opera as Carlos in the world premier of Stonewall, written by Iain Bell and Mark Campbell. In the fall of 2019, Mr. Myer made role debuts as Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus at Opera San José and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with Syracuse Opera. In the winter of 2020, Mr. Myer will make a company debut at Knoxville Opera, reprising the role of Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, his Asian debut with the Jakarta Symphony Orchestra, and another company debut with Opera on the James, reprising the role of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia. In the summer of 2020, Mr. Myer will make his Hartford Symphony debut as the bass soloist in Beethoven No.9, debuts with Festival Opera as Moralès/Le Dancaïre in Carmen, and debuts with the Berkshire Opera Festival as Masetto in Don Giovanni. During the 2020-2021 season, Mr. Myer makes his European debut with Opera North in the world premiere of Iain Bell’s Jack the Ripper and returns to Opera San José to debut the role of Riff in West Side Story.
Mr. Myer's 2017 activity included his debut with Opera Naples as Papageno in The Magic Flute, his debut with Hawaii Opera Theater as Le Dancaïre in Carmen, a return to Opera Orlando as Schaunard in La bohème, and his return to Opera San José as the Minister in Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella (US premiere).
During the 2016–2017 season Mr. Myer was engaged as a Resident Artist with Opera San José, performing Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ponchel in the West Coast premiere of Kevin Puts' 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).
Additional 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. The group has since released a new album entitled "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 by Santa Barbara Music.