Brian Mulligan



Hailed by The New York Times for “a voice that is rich, secure, and really, really big” and by Opera News for having “a wonderful, rich voice and a fine stage presence,” baritone Brian Mulligan frequently appears with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies.

The 2017-2018 season will see Mr. Mulligan make his role debuts as Gunther and Donner in San Francisco Opera’s production of the Ring, conducted by Donald Runnicles. He will also return to Oper Fankfurt to sing Count di Luna in Il Trovatore in a new production directed by David Bösch and Nélusko in Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine in Tobias Kratzer’s new production, as well as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at Opernhaus Zürich in a new production by Ted Huffman. He also sings Golaud in semi-staged performances of Pélleas et Mélisande with the Cincinnati Symphony conducted by Louis Langrée and gives a recital with Timothy Long under the auspices of Vocal Arts DC, featuring “Walden,” a world premiere by Gregory Spears.

In the 2016-2017 season, Brian Mulligan made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Captain Balstrode in Peter Grimes. He returned to Opernhaus Zürich for his signature role of Valentin in Faust, as well as to Oper Frankfurt for his role debut of Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande. On the symphonic front, Brian Mulligan returned to the San Francisco Symphony for Mahler’s Das klagende Lied led by Michael Tilson Thomas, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony conducted by Robert Spano, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for John Adams’s The Wound Dresser. Last season also saw the release of his recording featuring Dominick Argento’s Andrée Expedition and From the Diary of Virginia Woolf on the Naxos label.

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“A third newcomer to the production was baritone Brian Mulligan as Marguerite’s unforgiving brother, Valentin. He brought burnished tone and deep feeling to his famous aria, “Avant de quitter ces lieux”; then came close to stealing the entire show with a death scene that was riveting in its raw intensity”

“Brian Mulligan offers a wonderful baritone as Enrico, Lucia’s controlling brother.”

Betty Mohr

Chicago Sun Times

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“Baritone Brian Mulligan was a forceful Enrico; singing with dark-hued authority, he played Lucia’s manipulative brother as a kind of blunt, iron-fisted CEO. Mulligan has had repeated successes in San Francisco this year — he sang the role of Chorebe in the company’s “The Trojans” this summer, then returned last month to sing the title role in “Sweeney Todd.” With this role, he delivered once again.”

Mercury News, Georgia Rowe 

“Mulligan necessarily adopted a weightier approach to the title role, striding about the stage with terrifying vigor, and fulminating with power and precision. His characterization made room for some of the saturnine charisma that draws in Mrs. Lovett, but primarily this was a growling, gut-churning account.”

SF Gate, Joshua Kosman 

“As Jack Torrance, Brian Mulligan does the seemingly impossible—he actually makes you forget Jack Nicholson. Possessed of an imposing build and a rugged, perfectly articulated baritone, Mulligan lets us see that Jack is fighting forces beyond his control.”

Opera News, Joshua Rosenblum 

“Baritone Brian Mulligan … commanded the stage with [an] exceptional account of the wronged barber. Mulligan delivered an arresting performance as Sweeney Todd, dispatching his arias such as ‘The Barber and His Wife’ and ‘My Friends’ as effortlessly as he did his barber chair victims. He was as chilling while going through the motions of slitting throats as he was warmly moving vocally.”

San Francisco Examiner, James Ambroff-Tahan 

“Brian Mulligan’s Nixon was vocally, dramatically, and comically ideal.”

San Francisco Examiner 

“But the real dramatic power on stage emanated, however, from Brian Mulligan’s Enrico, Lucia’s brother who hates Edgardo, and sets up her eventually disastrous marriage to Arturo who he thinks will solidify the Lammermoor fortunes. Mulligan was ferocious, angry, intense and captivating all night.”

The Globe and Mail 

“Brian Mulligan is riveting…a fine, strong, open baritone.”

The Financial Times of London