Bio

BRIAN MULLIGAN | BARITONE

Brian Mulligan is an American operatic baritone. Born in New York, Brian studied at Yale University and the Juilliard School. His voice teacher is Steve Smith.

Brian debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 2003 while still a student at Juilliard, in Die Frau ohne Schatten. Since then, he has gone on to perform at some of the greatest opera houses in the world, including San Francisco Opera (debut as Marcello in La Bohème), Opernhaus Zürich (debut as Prince Yeletsky in Pique Dame), Lyric Opera of Chicago (debut as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor), Oper Frankfurt (debut as Prospero in Adès' The Tempest), Canadian Opera Company (debut as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor) and Houston Grand Opera (debut as Marcello in La Bohème).

Brian has garnered much critical acclaim in his career, particularly for his performances of Richard Nixon in Nixon in China with San Francisco Opera, Enrico in the David Alden production of Lucia di Lammermoor at Canadian Opera Company, English National Opera and Washington National Opera, the title role in Hamlet with Minnesota Opera and Valentin in Faust at the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera. 

Brian’s recent engagements include Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera at San Francisco Opera, Thérèse at Wexford Festival Opera, Hänsel und Gretel at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Peter Grimes at the Aspen Music Festival.  In recent seasons, Brian has also been heard at the Ravinia Festival, the Spoleto Festival and the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan.

Brian has also performed with many of the finest orchestras in America, including the Cleveland Orchestra (A Sea Symphony), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Songs for Adam), the Baltimore Symphony (Carmina Burana), the Houston Symphony (Paulus) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Mahler Symphony #8).  A performance of Mahler’s 8th Symphony, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, was recorded by Deutsche Grammophon and released on DVD in 2012.

Brian Mulligan holds dual citizenship with the United States and Ireland.