John Brancy

 

Baritone

 

 

John Brancy

Baritone

American Citizen

John Brancy’s intense musicality and communicative power place him in the front ranks of baritones of his generation.  Hailed by the New York Times as “a vibrant, resonant presence,” Brancy won First Prize in the Art Song Division of the 2018 Concours Musical International de Montreal, a win that recognizes him as a premiere interpreter of Art Song repertoire in our time.  The New Jersey native also won First Prize in the 2018 Lotte Lenya Competition in New York, Second Prize at the 2017 Wigmore Hall Competition in London and prior to that won the media prize in the 2017 Belvedere International Singing Competition in Moscow and first prize in the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition in 2015. He is also a past winner of the Marilyn Horne Song Competition and the Sullivan Foundation Grand Prize.

During the 2018/19 season Brancy performed an eclectic season of new music, including his memorial in song recital tour and several key debuts in concert and opera. Brancy made a return to Oper Frankfurt for a new production of Olga Neuwirth’s Lost Highway directed by MacArthur Genius grant recipient Yuval Sharon, conducted by Karsten Januschke. Brancy embarked on a national tour of his critically acclaimed programs A Silent Night: A WWI Memorial in Song and Armistice: The Journey Home with internationally renowned pianist and collaborator Peter Dugan. This tour took the gentlemen to locations such as Stanford University, West Point Academy, the Smithsonian Institute, the US Naval Academy and the Kennedy Center to name a few. Brancy then went on to sing a tour of Handel’s Messiah with performances in Victoria Symphony in Canada, the Johnstown Symphony and a return to Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern stage under the baton of Kent Tritle with Musica Sacra. Brancy then made his way to Lisbon, Portugal for a semi-staged production of Romeo et Juliet where he performed the role of Mercutio with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Chor conducted by star ascendant conductor Lorenzo Viotti. Additionally, Brancy looks forward collaborate again with director Yuval Sharon as a featured performer on a new production of Meredith Monk’s ATLAS, this will mark Brancy’s debut with the LA Philharmonic.

Of special interest is Brancy’s recently released CD, A Silent Night: A WWI Memorial in Song, with Peter Dugan. Their work together has presented them with debuts at Alice Tully Hall as part of the Juilliard Alumni Recital Series, Carnegie Hall as part of the Weill Recital Series and Vocal Arts DC at the Kennedy Center. As well, they have won numerous awarded and critical acclaim for their work together as a duo. In the previous season, on the opera stage, Brancy appeared as Albert in Stadttheater Klagenfurt’s production of Werther conducted by Lorenzo Viotti and followed with a reprise of Malatesta in Don Pasquale, this time for Landestheater Vorarlberg in Bregenz. For Saint Thomas Church in New York, he was heard in Brahms’s Requiem. Finally, he was a featured soloist at the Carmel Bach Festival debuting such masterworks as Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion and Orff’s Carmina Burana

During the 2016-2017 season, he made important debuts at Florida Grand Opera singing the title role in Eugene Onegin, Clarion Music Society as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, for Opera Omaha as the Steward in Dove’s FLIGHT, and Opera National de Lorraine as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos. Other highlights have included his debut with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera Tour as Malatesta in Don Pasquale, his Opera Theatre of Saint Louis debut as Harlekin in Ariadne auf NaxosDemetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Pacific Opera Victoria and Dancaire/Morales in Carmen for Oper Frankfurt.

Brancy has been engaged by Semperoper Dresden, Edmonton Opera, Paris’s Théâtre du Chatelet, Opera Saratoga, and Opera San Antonio in works ranging from Tobias Picker’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox to Dandini in La Cenerentola to John Adams’s I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky.  Recital credits include the Hugo Wolf Akademie, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center, the New York Festival of Song with pianist Steven Blier, the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, and Société d’art vocal de Montréal in collaboration with pianist Peter Dugan. He has also appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and the Edmonton Symphony. Brancy holds a graduate degree from the Juilliard School in New York.  

March 2019

 

 

OPERA

Adams Mike the Rookie Cop I WAS LOOKING AT THE CEILING AND THEN I SAW THE SKY
Bizet Morales/Danairo CARMEN
Britten Sid
Demetrius
ALBERT HERRING
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Charpentier Apollon LA DESCENTE D’ORPHÉE AUX ENFERS
Donizetti Malatesta DON PASQUALE
Janacek Harasta THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN
Mozart Papageno
Figaro
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
Picker Fantastic Mr. Fox THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX
Puccini Sonora LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST
Rossini Fiorello
Dandini
IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
LA CENERENTOLA
Strauss Harlekin ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
Tchaikovsky Onegin EUGENE ONEGIN

ORATORIO

Handel MESSIAH

 

 

“Baritone John Brancy makes his Festival debut this season, his rich operatic voice well-suited to these evocative songs.”
[2018 Carmel Bach Festival] Barbara Rose Shuler, Monterey Herald

“John Brancy, the star of a stratospheric competition… On a vocal level, schematically, Brancy is a Gerald Finley in his 30s.”
[2018 Concours musical international de Montréal] Christophe Huss, Le Devoir

“Among the top-prize winners was the 29-year-old John Brancy, who filled the Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall with a buttery baritone voice that seemed equally at ease in opera and in music from Broadway’s golden age.”
[2018 Lotte Lenya Competition, Kurt Weill Foundation] Joshua Barone, New York Times

“Not surprisingly the title character has the toughest role in this opera. Certainly not because of the vocal demands, unusually this time, quite the opposite. The snippets he gets must make us maintain focus on him until he releases an enormous suppressed sound (using Tatyana’s music) as he tries to find a purpose. John Brancy has the essential combination of talents to keep an audience gripped.”
[Eugene Onegin, Florida Grand Opera] Jeff Haller, ConcertoNet.com

“With this all-new staging of Fantastic Mr. Fox, Opera San Antonio has signalled its intention to brook no compromises.  There were none to speak of in the youthful cast, led by the bright, stirring baritone and dashingly athletic presence of John Brancy in the title role.”
Mike Greenberg, Opera News

“The standout of the performance of the night, however, was by John Brancy, a 24 year-old baritone who recently completed a graduate diploma at Juilliard and has already made his professional debut with Dresden Semperoper.  Brancy’s impeccable timing, dynamic physicality, and robust voice made him an ideal Papageno.”
Edmond Johnson, Opera News 

“…the baritone John Brancy, was a vibrant, resonant presence…”
The New York Times

“As Harasta, John Brancy brought to bear a strong baritone and a bad-boy swagger, projecting his sound effortlessly even in a quiet, reflective section.”
Opera News

“But the greatest moments came when Brancy joined the musicians. He is a baritone of refined taste, and his readings of favorites such as Franz Schubert’s Erlkönig D. 328 would fare well even when compared to those by legendary 20th century lieder interpreters. He had everything: clear diction, dramatic flair and a beautifully burnished tone… One surely hopes that The Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach will bring artists of Brancy’s stature for more Liederabend.”
Marcio Bezerra, Palm Beach Daily News

“The American baritone John Brancy has an impressive CV, with many prestigious competition prizes and his confidence and winning stage presence were ideal for Malatesta, as was his forthright, easily produced baritone…. Brancy received deservedly enthusiastic applause for their patter duet.”
[Don Pasquale, Glyndebourne Tour, Lewes] Melanie Eskenazi, MusicOMH

“John Brancy’s Dandini was suave, funny and cool, his high-lying baritone also able to negotiate Rossini’s fiorature.”
[Cenerentola, Opera Saratoga] Robert Levine, Bachtrack

“Vocally, the evening belonged to the three baritone leads: … Brancy has a creamy, attractively coloured voice and a relaxed, loose-limbed attitude.”
[Le nozze di Figaro, Opera Lyra] Natasha Gauthier, Ottawa Citizen

“John Brancy’s Figaro is a delight with his velvety baritone, and magnetic charm though he also stands out for his impressive ease on stage.”
[Le nozze di Figaro, Opera Lyra] Chrissy Steinbock, Apt613

“None of this would have worked, of course, had Brancy and Dugan not been able to perform it so consummately well. Brancy has a warm, vivid baritone with a lot of color…But the goal of a recital is not originality as much as making a statement as an artist. And at this, Brancy and Dugan succeeded superbly.”
[Vocal Arts DC recital] Anne Midgette, Washington Post

“Baritone John Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan performed a glorious tribute to World War One’s centennial, that was as stirring as it was illuminating in their recital debut at Kennedy Center last night…The audience was anything but silent after this perfect ending to a near-perfect evening by the sonorous, rich baritone and the splendid pianist — two very engaging 2013 Juilliard graduates.”
[Vocal Arts DC recital] Marsha Dubrow, Examiner

“John Brancy… he was steady and exultant in ‘The trumpet shall sound.'”
 Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times

“This cast was strong from foxhole to farmyard, the roster sensibly stacked with singers who had performed this season in the San Antonio production. Among them was John Brancy, in nimble and vivid voice as Mr. Fox…”
Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe

“Baritone John Brancy demonstrated a natural affinity for lieder style, fine German diction and a suave, understated manner that could also heat up on occasion. Two Korngold selections proved his interpretive range. His witty implications, delivered with refined timbre, enlivened Zemlinsky’s ‘Das bucklicht Männlein’ Brancy’s lyrical warmth and subtle line were particularly effective in the same composer’s ‘Und hat der Tag all’ seine Qual.'”
David J. Baker, Opera News

“Brancy has an easy virility to his singing that gave even the most sentimental lines an unselfconscious naturalism, while Brugger’s velvety voice possesses a mezzo color that carries the intimacy these songs needed, speaking directly to the listener. … Brancy sang the composer’s (Wolf) impressionist Nachtzauber, and was mesmerizing.”
David J. Baker, Opera News

January 2019

NEWS


ROMÉO ET JULIETTE
WITH THE GULBENKIAN ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR
On February 5 and 7, 2019, John joins Portugal’s Gulbenkian Music to sing the role of Mercutio in a concert production of Roméo et Juliette. gulbenkian.pt



LOST HIGHWAY
WITH OPER FRANKFURT
John joined Oper Frankfurt to sing the leading role of Peter in Olga Neuwirth’s opera Lost Highway based on David Lynch’s 1997 film. Performances ran from September 12 through 23, 2018. oper-frankfurt.de



FIRST PRIZE – 2018 CONCOURS MUSICAL INTERNATIONAL DE MONTRÉAL
John Brancy won First Prize in the Art Song Division of the 2018 Concours musical international de Montréal. concoursmontreal.ca



WINNER, 2018 LOTTE LENYA COMPETITION
JOHN BRANCY wins the biggest prize at the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition, 2018. His repertoire included “Uzhel ta samaja Tatiana” from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, “This is New” from Weill/Gershwin’s Lady in the Dark, “Awaiting You” from Guettel’s Myths and Hymns and “Soliloquy” from Rodger/Hammerstein’s Carousel. See the press release and his performance video in links below.
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VIDEO

2018 Coucours musical international de Montréal — Aria semi-finals
From 42:36, “It is enough! O Lord, now take away my life” from Elijah by Mendelssohn
50:41, “Look through the port, Billy Budd” from Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten


2018 Lotte Lenya Competition


2017 International Belvedere Competition Finals