Brian James Myer returns to OSJ during the 2016-17 season as a principal artist in the resident company, appearing as Figaro (Rossini’s The Barber of Seville), Ponchel (Kevin Put’s Silent Night), and Schaunard (Puccini’s La bohème). Roles performed previously with OSJ include Angelotti (Puccini’s Tosca), Alessandro/Enrico in the world premiere of Mark Weiser’s Where Angels Fear to Tread and 2nd Priest in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Mr. Myer made his company debut with OSJ during the 2013-14 season, performing the role of Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Other recent engagements include Figaro (The Barber of Seville) with Florida Grand Opera, Silvio (Leoncavllo’s Pagliacci) with Sarasota Opera, Dancairo (Bizet’s Carmen), Yamadori (Puccini’s Madama Butterfly), and Masetto (Mozart’s Don Giovanni) with Opera Las Vegas, and the Marchese (Verdi’s La traviata), Pish-Tush (Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado), Yakusidé (Madama Butterfly), and Albert (Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe) with Chautauqua Opera.
Mr. Myer’s solo concert performances include Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, Milhaud’s Cantate de Psaumes, Bach’s Magnificat and Weihnachts-Oratorium, Rutter’s Mass of the Children, and Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer in venues ranging from his hometown of Las Vegas to Canada.
Mr. Myer’s awards and achievements consist of first place prizes in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions in both Nevada and Ohio. He received two young artist encouragement awards from Chautauqua Opera and is a recipient of the Albert Rees Davis Scholarship from The Singers Club of Cleveland. He was also a regional finalist in the NATS Artist Award (Cal-Western Region) and a semifinalist in the American Institute of Musical Studies Meistersinger competition.
As a supporter 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 UNLV and a master’s degree in vocal performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. An active composer, Mr. Myer also has a published choral octavo by Santa Barbara Music.
Please visit Mr. Myer’s website for additional information.
Mr. Myer’s residency made possible by a generous gift from Linda Lee Lester and Amici di Musica Bella.