Bruce Kelly

John Brancy, Baritone

Pacific Opera Victoria
Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos

February, 2014

Baritone John Brancy make his Pacific Opera Victoria debut as Harlequin in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos. Mr. Brancy is on the verge of an exciting and diverse performing career, and has been hailed by the New York Times as a vibrant, resonate presence and a dashing, strong voiced baritone. He is also 2013 Winner of the Marilyn Horne Song Competition in conjunction with the Music Academy of the West.

The 2013-2014 season brings debut performances with Oper Frankfurt as Sonora in La fanciulla del West, Gotham Chamber Opera in Charpentier's La descente d'Orphée aux Enfers, and Pacific Opera Victoria as Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos. Mr. Brancy's concert and recital engagements for the year include performances with the Saskatoon and Regina Symphonies, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Art Song Society, and Carnegie Hall. Future seasons include a debut with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera Tour.

During the 2012-2013 season, Mr. Brancy made his debut with the Dresden Semperoper, singing the role of Fiorello in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, Mike the rookie cop in a new production of John Adams' I Was Looking at the Ceiling, and Then I Saw the Sky with Paris' Théâtre du Châtelet, and concluded his time with Juilliard Opera as Harasta in The Cunning Little Vixen. Additionally, Mr. Brancy closed the season performing the role of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the prestigious Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.

While still an undergraduate student at The Juilliard School, Mr. Brancy made his Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall debuts as the Baritone soloist in Fauré's Requiem, Mozart's Coronation Mass, and Schubert's Mass in G, among other notable works. He has given recitals throughout Europe and North America, and has appeared frequently in concert with Steve Blier and the New York Festival of Song, including several concerts at the Caramoor Festival. He was also the winner of the 2010 Juilliard School Honors Recital Competition. In the following year he made his Alice Tully Hall Songfest debut, collaborating with Brian Zeger. Recently, he sang Handel's Messiah with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and performed in recital with the renowned Hugo Wolf Akademie in Stuttgart, Germany.

During the 2011/12 season with Juilliard Opera, Mr. Brancy sang the role of Slook in Rossini's La Cambiale di Matrimonio, covered the title role in Don Giovanni and the lead role of James Meredith in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' new youth opera, Kommilitonen!. Other recent roles include Aeneas in Dido & Aeneas, and Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Juilliard School, and Sid in Albert Herring with the Opera on the Avalon Festival. Mr. Brancy is a recent winner of the Sullivan Foundation Grand Prize and Career Grant and an Encouragement Award from the George London Foundation Competition. He also received first prize at the Classical Singer Magazine Competition, and the Gold Award for Voice at the YoungArts Foundation competition. He is a second place winner in the Gerda Lissner and Liederkranz competitions, and third place winner in the 2012 Montreal International Music Competition.

Mr. Brancy received his Graduate Diploma at the Juilliard School in spring 2013, where he also received his Bachelor's degree, under the tutelage of Edith Wiens.

Above, John Brancy sings "O vin, dissipe la tristesse" from Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas


November, 2013