© Dario Acosta
© Dario Acosta

Brian Mulligan

– Europamanagement –

Irish-American baritone Brian Mulligan studied at Yale University and the Juilliard School and has performed with many of the world’s finest opera houses and orchestras.


In the season 2022/23 Brian Mulligan can be seen as Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) in Teatro di San Carlo in Napoli. The highlight of the season is Heerrufer in the New Production of Lohengrin at the Metropolitan Opera under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.


Brian Mulligan’s 2021/22 season was marked with his role debut as Wotan in Das Rheingold at the Bregenzer Festspiele, and his role debut as Wotan in Die Walküre in a new production at Oper Stuttgart, with Cornelius Meister conducting. Another Role Debut this season was Jochanaan at the Dutch National Opera in the Ivo van Hove production of Salome, under the baton of Lahav Shani. House debuts were Opéra national de Paris (Crèon in Enescu’s Œdipe, new production by Wajdi Mouwad under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher) and Irish National Opera in Dublin (Don Pizzaro in Fidelio).  At the beginning of the season Mulligan was the bass soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Antonello Manacorda and the Munich Philharmonic. He finished his season with a return to the Opéra National de Paris as Amfortas (Parsifal) and to Bregenz, where he sang Sharpless in Andreas Homoki’s new production of Madama Butterfly under the baton of Enrique Mazzola.


Previous season, he made his debut as Mandryka in Arabella at San Francisco Opera, Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de Perles at Zurich Opera, Guglielmo in Puccini’s Le Villi with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and 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.


Amfortas (Parsifal), Gunther (Götterdämmerung), Donner (Das Rheingold), Wotan (Das Rheingold/Die Walküre), Don Pizzaro (Fidelio) Peter (Hänsel und Gretel), Der Heerrufer (Lohengrin), Mandryka (Arabella), Barak (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Jochanaan (Salome) and Tadeus (Die Passagierin) are among the roles in his German repertoire.


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).


Valentin (Faust), Golaud (Pélleas et Mélisande), Chorèbe (Les Troyens), Nélusko (L’Africaine), and the lead part in Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet are some of his French roles.


With parts such as Balstrode (Peter Grimes), Sweeney Todd, Prospero (The Tempest), Nixon (Nixon in China), Klinghoffer (The Death of Klinghoffer), and John Proctor, Brian Mulligan is a representative of English opera (The Crucible). The artist has also given several successful world debuts, including James Primosch’s Songs for Adam with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Greg Spears’ song cycle Walden at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Critics praised him for his outstanding performance as Jack Torrance in Paul Moravec’s The Shining at the Minnesota Opera in 2016.


The internationally renowned artist performs regularly at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the San Francisco Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Houston Opera, the opera houses in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Frankfurt, and Zurich, as well as at major festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Wiener Festwochen, the Saito Kinan Festival in Japan, the Wexford Opera Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Salzburg 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 Gramophone).


Early 2022 saw the release of Brian Mulligan’s third solo record, titled Alburnum. The disc consisted of songs and cycles from the 21st Century, with pianist Timothy Long and music from Mason Bates, Missy Mazzoli and Greg Spears.

September 2022 – for the most recent biography, please contact Luis Aliaga.