Described by The New York Times as having an “ample and pleasing tone,” tenor Brian Vu is an exciting performer recognized for his vocal and dramatic abilities. During the 20-21 season, Mr. Vu made his tenor debut with The Atlanta Opera as Soldier in Der Kaiser von Atlantis and in a concert of Kurt Weill repertoire and in 2021 he will join Opera Omaha / LA Opera for their new recording of David Hertzberg’s The Rose Elf as The Beloved / Horus as well as returning to Atlanta Opera to cover Don José and sing Remendado in Carmen. He was also slated return to the Metropolitan Opera, singing the Journalist in Lulu (COVID19), and covering the Huntsman in Rusalka and covering Novice's Friend in Billy Budd (COVID19). In the winter of 2020, Mr. Vu made a company and role debut with Kentucky Opera as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and was slated before COVID19 to make company debuts with Minnesota Opera as Bryce in the world premiere of Edward Tulane, MidAmerica Productions as the baritone soloist in Vaughn Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Austin Opera as Ping in Turandot while also returning to Des Moines Metro Opera as Count Tomsky in The Queen of Spades. In the fall of 2019, Mr. Vu joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera, covering Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly and making his debut as Waiter 2 in Der Rosenkavalier.
The 2018-2019 season marked Mr. Vu’s debut with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Atlanta Opera performing Riff in Francesca Zambello’s new production of West Side Story; a role he premiered at Houston Grand Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival. Mr. Vu then made two company / role debuts: as Alcée in Charles Gounod’s Sapho with Washington Concert Opera and Moralès in Carmen with San Diego Opera. In the summer of 2019, Mr. Vu made his Des Moines Metro Opera debut as Schaunard in La bohème and 2nd Apprentice in Wozzeck.
A favorite of The Glimmerglass Festival, Mr. Vu has performed as Schaunard in La bohème, The Happy Prince in Wilde Tales, Jazz Trio Baritone in Trouble in Tahiti and covering the roles of Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd and Maximillian/Martin in Candide. As an Apprentice with Santa Fe Opera, Mr. Vu performed selections as Ramiro in L'heure espagnole and Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd.
Mr. Vu is a recent graduate of the Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist program, where over two seasons he performed Baron Douphol in La traviata, Second Nazarene in Salome, Berardo in Handel’s Riccardo Primo, Hannah before in As One, Calvin Griffith in The Summer King, John Brooke in Little Women, Leo Stein in 27, Figaro (student matinee) and Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Mr. Vu also covered the roles of Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Ping in Turandot.
Equally at home on the concert stage, Mr. Vu made his Carnegie Hall debut singing Mitch Leigh’s Impossible Dream with the composer in attendance. Mr. Vu made a return to Carnegie Hall performing songs from the Frederich R. Koch Collection of Yale's Beinecke Library. Mr. Vu has also sung the role of Gee-tar in West Side Story with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, selections from The Merry Widow with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and performed as baritone soloist with the Yale Glee Club and Symphony Orchestra's performance of Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem. In January of 2019, Mr. Vu sang the role of the Prisoner in the workshop of David Lang’s prisoner of the state with the New York Philharmonic.
Mr. Vu has participated as an Apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera, Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival, Vocal Fellow in Marilyn Horne’s Music Academy of the West and is a former member of the Wolf Trap Opera Studio.
A First Place Winner of the Lotte Lenya Competition, he is a Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, recipient of the Sullivan Foundation Award, Third Prize in the Gerda Lissner Lieder competition, and a major prize winner in the Opera Index Competition, among others.
Mr. Vu holds a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and Music Education from University of California, Los Angeles and both a Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music.