Brian Leerhuber, Baritone
1997 – 1999
Recent performances for BRIAN LEERHUBER include the role of Marco in the Woody Allen production of Gianni Schicchi in Spoleto, Italy. In 2010, Mr. Leerhuber returned to OSJ as a guest artist, appearing in the title role of The Marriage of Figaro.
In the 2007 – 2008 season, Mr. Leerhuber performed the role of General Robert E. Lee in the world premiere performances of Appomattox by Philip Glass with San Francisco Opera. He made his Los Angeles Opera debut as Schaunard (La bohème) and returned to Minnesota Opera as Orsanes in Reinhard Keiser’s Croesus. On the concert stage, Mr. Leerhuber was a featured soloist in the Grapes of Wrath Suite with the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Performances during the 2006 – 2007 season featured Mr. Leerhuber in the role of Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath with both Minnesota Opera and Utah Opera. He debuted as Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus) with San Francisco Opera, sang the role of Malatesta (Don Pasquale) in a debut with the Houston Grand Opera, and appeared as Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos) with Tulsa Opera.
During the summer of 2005, Mr. Leerhuber appeared as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia for Santa Fe Opera. In 2004, Mr. Leerhuber appeared in the title role of Emperor of Atlantis with Cinncinati Opera and at the Spoleto, Italy Festival, sang the role of Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette) with Festival Opera of Walnut Creek, and made his operatic debut in France as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) at the Lyrique en Mer festival. Mr. Leerhuber also performed the role of Breedly in the world premiere of William Bolcom’s A Wedding at Lyric Opera of Chicago, directed by acclaimed film director Robert Altman and conducted by Dennis Russell Davies. Other engagements included the role of Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) with Austin Lyric Opera and Marcello (La bohème) in Billings, Montana. In February of 2005, Mr. Leerhuber appeared with former OSJ resident artist Layna Chianakas in a performance of Lieder aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Oakland East Bay Symphony.
Mr. Leerhuber completed his residency as a member of Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, an affiliate program to Lyric Opera of Chicago. He subsequently made his debut with that company as the Novice’s Friend in a new production of Billy Budd, and appeared as Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Marchese (La traviata), Silvano (Un ballo in maschera), and Sharpless (Madama Butterfly). In 2000, Mr. Leerhuber was the recipient of the Santa Fe Opera Anna Case Mackay grant, and, in 2003, received the Sullivan Foundation Award.
Mr. Leerhuber was featured in the annual Marilyn Horne Foundation New York Recital at the Juilliard Theater in New York (January 1999). He performed Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) at Festival Opera in Walnut Creek (July 1999), Gluck’s Armide and Britten’s Rape of Lucretia at Juilliard Opera Center, and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) at Festival Opera in Walnut Creek (summer 2000). Other recent performances featured Mr. Leerhuber singing the role of Pelleas at Juilliard and Dandini in Eugene Opera’s production of La Cenerentola. He has also appeared with Santa Fe Opera, Rimrock Opera, Rogue Opera, Monterey Symphony, San Francisco Concert Chorale, Opera Buffs and Berkeley Opera, where he sang the role of Eumee in the West Coast premiere of Faure’s Penelope.