Brandon Cedel



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 2018-2019 season include the Speaker in Die Zauberflöte, Angelotti in Tosca, Brander in La damna­tion de Faust, Giovanni in Il Corsaro and the Messenger in Oedipus Rex. Additional credits this season include his debut as Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia with Boston Lyric Opera and Colline in La bohème with Canadian Opera Company. Mr. Cedel returns to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Masetto in Don Giovanni, and the Glyndebourne Festival as Argante in Rinaldo.

Mr. Cedel joined the ensemble of Oper Frankfurt in the 2016-2017 season, and since has performed in multiple new productions, including the roles of Argante in Rinaldo, A Prisoner in From the House of the Dead, Dio in Il Serpente di Bronzo, Ariodate in Handel’s Serse, Achior in Mozart’s Betulia Liberata, and the bass-baritone part in a new commission titled A Wintery Spring, composed by Saed Haddad. Also with Oper Frankfurt, Mr. Cedel has sang Masetto in Don Giovanni, Donner in Das Rheingold and Lieutenant Ratcliffe in Billy Budd.

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; a return to Opera Philadelphia as the title role in Le nozze di Figaro, 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 an appearance with the BBC Philharmonic at a concert featuring Bernstein’s Songfest, conducted by David Charles Abell, 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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“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