Brandon Cedel

Bass-Baritone

Biography

Bass-baritone Brandon Cedel, from Charleston, South Carolina, is in his third year of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. In the 2015-2016 season, Mr. Cedel makes his company debut with Boston Lyric Opera as Colline in a new production of Puccini’s La bohème, followed by his company and role debuts with the Grand Théâtre de Genève as Theseus in a new production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and as Panthée in a concert performance of Berlioz’s Les Troyensunder the baton of Charles Dutoit. He will make his company debut with Pittsburgh Opera as Don Basilio in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, and he also returns to the Metropolitan Opera as the Sergeant in Richard Eyre’s new production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, conducted by Fabio Luisi, which will be broadcast on the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Live in HD series to movie theaters around the world. Mr. Cedel will have his Bayerische Staatsoper company debut as Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Orchestral appearances in Mr. Cedel’s season feature concert performances of Strauss’Salome with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin. He will conclude this season with his company and role debut as Figaro in Mozart’s Le nozze de Figaro with the Castleton Festival.

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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