Former resident Brian James Myer returns in the 2019-20 season, appearing as Dr. Falke in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. Most recently, Mr. Myer performed the role of the Minister in OSJ’s North American premiere of Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella in 2017-18. While a member of the resident company, Mr. Myer appeared as Schaunard in Puccini’s La bohème, Ponchel in Puts and Campbell’s Silent Night, and Figaro in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Other OSJ roles include Angelotti in Puccini’s Tosca, Alessandro/Enrico in the world premiere of Weiser’s Where Angels Fear to Tread and 2nd Armored Man in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. He made his company debut during the 2013-14 season, performing the role of Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Recent engagements for Mr. Myer include debuts with Hawaii Symphony as baritone soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Henderson Symphony as Maximilian in Bernstein’s 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 Bizet’s Carmen, and finally the Grand Teton Music Festival as Snowboy and Big Deal in Bernstein’s West Side Story under the baton of Donald Runnicles. He also returned to Opera Las Vegas as Dandini in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Hawaii Opera Theater as Mercutio in Gounod’s 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 Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, made his MESS (Mise-en-scène Studios) debut as the baritone soloist in the Brahms Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes, returned to Opera Las Vegas as Leo Stein in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 and rejoins New York City Opera as Carlos in the world premier of Stonewall, written by Iain Bell and Mark Campbell. Upcoming engagements include a company debut at Knoxville Opera, where Mr. Myer will reprise the role of Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette.
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”.
Awards and accolades received 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.
Please visit Mr. Myer’s website for a complete bio.