American tenor Brent Reilly Turner makes his Canadian debut with Pacific Opera Victoria as Florestan in Beethoven's Fidelio – a role he has previously performed with West Bay Opera and New Amsterdam Opera.
Brent's 2018/19 season also includes his company debut with Arizona Opera as the Kronprinz in Puts' Silent Night.
In the 2017-’18 season, Turner makes his company debuts with Heartbeat Opera and Opera Birmingham in the role of Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen and Brook’s The Tragedy of Carmen. In 2016, he also debuted with Austin Opera and Atlanta Opera and returned for Austin Opera’s 2017 production of Carmen.
Turner was named the Grand Prize Winner in the 2015 McCammon Voice Competition, the 2015 James Toland Vocal Competition, the 2015 New Jersey State Opera Competition, the 2014 Peter Elvins Competition, the 2014 Mary Jacobs Singer of the Year Competition, the 2013 Orpheus Vocal Competition, and the 2013 Florida Suncoast Opera Guild Competition. He received second-place honors at the 2014 Dallas Opera Guild Competition, and third place in the 2014 Irma M. Cooper Competition hosted by Opera Columbus. Turner was an encouragement award recipient in the Wagner Division of the 2014 Gerda Lissner Vocal Competition in New York City and was a recipient of a study grant from the Wagner Society of New York.
Mr. Turner's Wagnerian repertoire includes roles such as Siegmund in Die Walküre, the title role of Lohengrin, Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer, and Froh/Loge in Das Rheingold. Other roles include Max in von Weber's Der Freischütz, Bacchus in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, Sam Polk in Floyd's Susannah, and Eisenstein in Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus. Mr. Turner has participated with several major Young Artist and Apprentice Programs including Santa Fe Opera, Utah Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera North, Opera Saratoga, Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Brevard Music Center, and V.O.I.C.Experience.
Mr. Turner holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University and a Master of Music from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Though born in Singapore, he was raised in Oviedo, Florida and considers himself a native Central Floridian.
The only disappointing aspect of Brent Reilly Turner's performance as Florestan, Leonora's imprisoned husband, is that he isn't on stage until the second act. But that's Beethoven's fault. Turner's performance was completely without fault; it was stunning. A New York City-based heldentenor making his West Bay Opera debut, he possesses amazing vocal strength, color and depth that convince from the first note out of his mouth
Mountain View Voice/Palo Alto Weekly, 2018
The counterpart to the soprano’s big moment is Florestan’s heroic aria, opening Act II: “Gott! Welch Dunkel hier!” (God! How dark it here), and Brent Turner tossed it off as if it wasn’t a killer of tenors.
San Francisco Classical Voice, 2018