John Brancy made his Pacific Opera Victoria debut in 2014 as Harlequin in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos. He returns as Demetrius in POV's 2016 production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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.
John's 2015/16 season included a significant debut with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera Tour, as Malatesta in Don Pasquale; a return to Carnegie Hall in recital as part of their Evening of Song Series; concert engagements with the Edmonton Symphony, St. John’s College Concert Series, and Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach.
Upcoming are Opera America’s 2016 Emerging Artist Recital Series in conjunction with the Jensen Foundation, a debut with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Harlequin, and Morales/Dancaïro in Carmen with Oper Frankfurt.
Mr. Brancy’s debuts during 2014/15 included the title role in Tobias Picker’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox with Opera San Antonio, along with a gala appearance at the opening of San Antonio’s new Tobin Center; Papageno in Die Zauberflöte (Edmonton Opera); Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro (Opera Lyra Ottawa); and Dandini in La Cenerentola (Opera Saratoga). His concert engagements included his debut with Musica Sacra in Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall, where he also performed a recital with pianist Ken Noda later in the season for “The Song Continues”. He also appeared with New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) performing at Merkin Hall with pianist Steven Blier.
The 2013-2014 season brought 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 included 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.
The American baritone John Brancy has an impressive CV, with many prestigious competition prizes and his confidence and winning stage presence were ideal for Malatesta, as was his forthright, easily produced baritone.
Melanie Eskenazi, MusicOMH, Review of Glyndebourne Festival Opera Tour's Don Pasquale, 2015
With this all-new staging of Fantastic Mr. Fox, Opera San Antonio has signaled its intention to brook no compromises. There were none to speak of in the youthful cast, led by the bright, stirring baritone and dashingly athletic presence of John Brancy in the title role.
Mike Greenberg, Opera News, Review of Opera San Antonio's Fantastic Mr. Fox, 2014
Above, John Brancy sings "O vin, dissipe la tristesse" from Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas