The world of opera upholds the integrity of music that has survived hundreds of years alongside modern day contemporaries. Each professional must make a performance honest, passionate and unmistakably their own through the unique quality inherent in their voice. Brian Mulligan is a baritone that has graced the stages of many of the world’s most respected opera houses. He is honored to lend his rich voice and passion to breathing life into intriguing characters.
While he was a student at Juilliard, Brian Mulligan was awarded a role at the Metropolitan Opera and stepped across the footlights of the most coveted stage in the opera world. He has since performed at the world class opera houses including the San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Oper Frankfurt, Opernhaus Zürich, Los Angeles Opera, Canadian Opera Company and Washington National Opera. He has performed in some of the richest shows in the opera repertoire including La Boheme, Faust and Lucia di Lammermoor.
Mulligan will be singing the titular role in San Francisco Opera’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. He has dreamed about inhabiting the character in Sondheim’s macabre masterpiece for years and feels so fortunate to have the opportunity to play this character. Sweeney Todd is a performer’s dream, ask any opera or musical performer; usually Sweeney Todd is one of the shows that they would absolutely love to do. Mulligan has won rave reviews over the course of his opera career and San Francisco audiences are quite eager to see his interpretation of the role.
Brian Mulligan is a performer of great talent, but he is still very much grounded in his perspective. He recognizes that their are many talented singers that have not had the experiences he has had. He encourages artists to not crumble under rejection, but to be honest about their unique role as a singer. He is a firm believer that if you are persistent and honest with yourself it is easier to find your musical path on stage.
His rich voice and bombastic stage presence have made Mulligan an in-demand commodity across the greatest stages in the world. Audiences still want to go to the theatre and be moved. Even though the world seems to spin on an axis of technology, people still want to go to the theatre and be confronted by their humanity through the art of incredible music and storytelling.