© Dario Acosta
© Dario Acosta

Brian Mulligan

– Europamanagement –

The Irish-American baritone Brian Mulligan studied at Yale University and the Juilliard School and works regularly with the world’s leading opera houses and orchestras.

In 2018/19 he made his role debut as Mandryka in Arabella at San Francisco Opera, he sang Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de Perles at Zurich Opera, Guglielmo in Puccini’s Le Villi with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and made his house debut at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande. In summer 2019 Brian Mulligan made his debut at the Salzburg Festival as Créon in Oedipe by George Enescu before debuting Rigoletto at the Lyric Opera Chicago. In the season 2019/20 he appears in a new “Ring”-production, again in Chicago, and embodies the main character in Schumann’s Faust Scenes in Antwerp. Future engagements comprise Don Pizarro (Fidelio) and the title role of Wagner’s The flying Dutchman.

Roles in his German repertoire includes Amfortas (Parsifal), Gunther (Götterdämmerung), Donner (Das Rheingold), Peter (Hänsel und Gretel), Der Heerrufer (Lohengrin) and Tadeusz (Die Passagierin). Future role debuts include Barak (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Jochanaan (Salome), Don Pizarro (Fidelio) and the title role in Der fliegende Holländer

His Italian repertoire encompasses the roles of Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Renato (Un ballo in Maschera), Paolo (Simon Boccanegra), Di Luna (Il trovatore), Macbeth (Macbeth), Amonasro (Aida), Ford (Falstaff), the title role of  Rigoletto, Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) and Marcello (La Bohème).

In French, he can be heard as Valentin (Faust), Golaud (Pélleas et Mélisande), Chorèbe (Les Troyens), Nélusko (L’Africaine) and as the main character in Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet.

Brian Mulligan is also a representative of English opera with roles such as Balstrode (Peter Grimes), Sweeney Todd, Prospero (the Tempest), Nixon (Nixon in China), Klinghoffer (The Death of Klinghoffer) and John Proctor (The Crucible). The artist has also performed several successful world premieres, including the “Songs for Adam” by James Primosch with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the song cycle “Walden” by Greg Spears, performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington. In 2016, he was acclaimed by critics for his outstanding portrayal of Jack Torrance in Paul Moravec’s The Shining at the Minnesota Opera.

The internationally sought-after artist is a regular guest on the most important opera and concert stages worldwide, such as the Metropolitan Opera New York, the San Francisco Opera, the Lyric Opera Chicago, the Houston Opera, the opera houses in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Frankfurt and Zurich, as well as important festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Wiener Festwochen, the Saito Kinan Festival in Japan, the Wexford Opera Festival or the Aspen Music Festival.

Brian Mulligan’s critically acclaimed debut album, recorded for Naxos in 2017, includes two song cycles by Dominick Argento. His second album “Old Fashioned”, consisting of American and British songs of the early 20th century, has been released in 2019. Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel is available on DVD (Deutsche Grammophon).

Important projects in season 2020/2021 are: Der fliegende Holländer in Amsterdam, Butterfly in Zurich, Rheingold-Wotan at the Bregenz Festival under Andrés Orozco-Estrada.


Oktober 2020 – for the most recent biography please contact Annette Kroll