""Ecco ridente in cielo" from Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Artist's website: www.briandownen.com
Upcoming engagements for Brian Downen in the 2017-18 season include Andres, Cochenille, Frantz and Pitichinaccio in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN (cover) at The Metropolitan Opera;
Soloist with the U.S. Army First Armored Division Band holiday concert, El Paso, TX; Soloist, El Paso Opera presents Mozart Moon, a concert of opera arias and scenes.
Engagements for Brian Downen in the 2016-17 season include Monsieur Triquet in EUGENE ONEGIN and Il Maestro di Ballo (cover) MANON LESCAUT.
Engagements in the 2015-16 season include his debut at The Metropolitan Opera as Lord Cecil in ROBERTO DEVEREUX; Il Maestro di Ballo (cover) MANON LESCAUT, The Metropolitan Opera.
Engagements in the 2014-15 season include Damon in ACIS AND GALATEA
for Opera Bhutan (encore performance); Belmonte in DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL for Opera Roanoke; Don Ramiro in LA CENERENTOLA for Shreveport Opera; Crepuscolo/Zeriffo in VEREMONDA, L’AMAZZONE DI ARAGONA for Spoleto Festival USA and Mozart’s REQUIEM with the Delaware Symphony.
In the 2013-14 season Brian Downen appeared as Damon in ACIS AND
GALATEA for Opera Bhutan, the first western opera ever performed in the Kingdom of Bhutan; Harlekin in DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS with Klangforum Wien and Opera Moderne in Vienna; Don Ramiro in LA CENERENTOLA with Pensacola Opera and Nemorino in L’ELISIR D’AMORE for Opera Saratoga.
The 2012-13 season includes engagements as Count Almaviva in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA with Pensacola Opera; Professor Baglioni in LA HIJA DE RAPACCINI; Beethoven’s SYMPHONY NO. 9 with the York Symphony and Mathurin in THE REFORMED DRUNKARD with Little Opera Theater of New York.
Other career highlights have included Almaviva in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA with Teatr Wielki in Poznan Poland, on tour in Frankfurt Oder, Germany, Opera Columbus, Dayton Opera, Kentucky Opera, New Opera Saint Louis, and Opera Idaho. Don Ramiro in LA CENERENTOLA with Opera Columbus, Cleveland Opera, and Knoxville Opera; Lindoro in L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI with Central City Opera, Nevada Opera,Lake George Opera, and Anchorage Opera; Alfredo in LA TRAVIATA, Elvino in LA SONNAMBULA, and Ferrando in COSÌ FAN TUTTE with the Caramoor Festival; Tamino in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE with Dayton Opera and the Caramoor Festival; Don Ottavio in DON GIOVANNI with Opera Delaware, Cleveland Opera, and Edmonton
Opera; Belmonte in THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO with Opera Omaha; Ernesto in DON PASQUALE, Belmonte in DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, and Paolino in IL MATRIMONIO SEGRETO with Lake George Opera; Tonio in THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT with Knoxville Opera.
“The most stylish performance last night came from Brian Downen as Don Ramiro, the prince. With a tenor that is agile, nuanced and ringing, Downen negotiated the florid musicwith exceptional
élan, rising to thrilling high notes and conveying every line with finely detailed phrasing.
--Cleveland Plain Dealer