Brandon Cedel

Bass-Baritone

Biography

Bass-baritone Brandon Cedel, a recent graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, is currently an Ensemble member of Oper Frankfurt. His roles with the company in the 2017-18 season include multiple new productions, including Argante in Rinaldo, A Prisoner in From the House of the Dead, Dio in Il Serpente di Bronzo, and the bass-baritone part in a new commission titled A Wintery Spring, composed by Saed Haddad. He will also sing Donner in Das Rheingold and Lieutenant Ratcliffe in Billy Budd. In addition, he will appear in January with the BBC Philharmonic at a concert featuring Bernstein’s Songfest, conducted by David Charles Abell.

Mr. Cedel joined the ensemble of Oper Frankfurt in the 2016-2017 season, where he performed Ariodate in a new production of Handel’s Serse, Masetto in Don Giovanni, and Achior in a new production of Mozart’s Betulia Liberata. Additional engagements last season included a return to Opera Philadelphia in the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, and a return to the Glyndebourne Festival as Leporello in Don Giovanni as part of the company’s autumn tour.

Highlights of Mr. Cedel’s recent seasons include performances at the Metropolitan Opera of the Porter in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk under the baton of James Conlon and a Flemish Deputy in Sir Nicholas Hytner’s production of Verdi’s Don Carlo under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin; his UK and company debut as both Masetto and Leporello with the Glyndebourne Festival’s production of Don Giovanni conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada; his company and role debut as Isacio in Handel’s Riccardo Primo with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis; and his Kennedy Center debut recital with the Vocal Arts Society in Washington, D.C. He made his Metropolitan Opera company debut in their Summer Recital Series and his house debut as a Watchman in Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten. Recent orchestral engagements include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Russian National Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski at the Napa Valley Festival del Sole, the role of Panthée in a concert performance of Berlioz’s Les Troyens conducted by Charles Dutoit, and Schuman’s The Pilgrimage of the Rose with Le Festival de Lanaudiere.

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Reviews

“Brandon Cedel, a recent winner of the Met’s National Council Auditions, lent his ample, agile bass-baritone to the comic role of Nerbulone. In February, I encountered Cedel in Opera Philadelphia’s production of Kevin Puts’s 2011 opera “Silent Night,” a brilliantly constructed, if conventional, drama of the First World War. In the few minutes that Cedel was on stage—his character died early—his voice boomed majestically through the dry acoustics of the Academy of Music. Capable of singing anything from Cavalli to Wagner, he may be destined for stardom.”

Alex Ross

The New Yorker

“Bass-baritone Brandon Cedel played her father, the scheming and lascivious tyrant Isacio, with full-bore flair and a big voice and presence.”

Sarah Bryon Miller

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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“Cedel, fresh from being named one of six winners in the Metropolitan Opera’s 60th annual National Council Auditions earlier this month, played the comical servant Nerbulone with a lustrous, booming voice and charismatic appeal.”

Cross-Dressing Roman Emperor Cavorts in Chamber Opera’s production of ‘Eliogabalo’ by Mike Silverman, Associated Press 

“Brandon Cedel, as Isacio, revealed a bass-baritone of impressive weight and conveyed the tyrant’s nefarious nature without once resorting to a snarl. Only in recent years have we dared to hope that a lower-voiced singer could actually articulate Handel’s coloratura; Cedel fulfilled that wish with florid singing of stunning accuracy and beauty of tone.”

Richard the Lionheart at OTSL, Opera News