Mr. Major joined Madison Opera for La traviata as Baron Douphol and covered Germont, Opera Grand Rapids as Ping in Turandot, Toledo Opera as Marcello in La bohème, Amonasro in Aida with the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo and Germont with Princeton Festival. The 20-21 season, Mr. Major will make his Chautauqua Orchestra debut singing Moravec and Campbell’s Sancutary Road and his Opera on the James debut as Scarpia in Tosca. Other highlights include Gianni Schicchi with Michigan State University Opera Theatre, a recital for the Shivers Concert Series, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with The Colorado College Summer Music Festival and baritone soloist in Carmina Burana with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He debuted with Opera Columbus and Columbus Symphony Orchestra in a collaborative production of Aïda as Amonasro and presented Kirke Mechem’s Songs of the Slave in Boston Symphony Hall. His proficiency in the iconic dramatic repertoire, Opera News praised Mr. Major’s Escamillo as “embracing the love of the spotlight” and “never losing the strength of the vocal line.” Mr. Major has performed with Opera Saratoga in Il Postino, with Opera in the Heights where he gave a “sexy and despicable, full-bodied and broad” performance of Don Giovanni, and Germont in La traviata with Opera Company of Middlebury. Other credits include Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, 1st Nazarene in Salome, and George Milton in Of Mice and Men.
Brian Major (Marcello) is a perfect foil to both Rodolfo and Musetta, his on-again, off-again love. Rich, warm, and full of presence, he brings a painter’s eye to his vocal commentary on their dramatic struggles.
As Musetta, soprano Alicia Russell
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