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Winner of the 2007 Richard Tucker Award, Brandon Jovanovich is recognized by the world's leading opera companies for his passionate stage portrayals of leading roles in French, Italian, German, and Slavic opera. As Opera Magazine noted of his thrilling San Francisco Opera debut in Madama Butterfly last season, the American tenor's "refined instrument and dashing manner stirred superlatives."

In the summer of 2008, Mr. Jovanovich makes his U.K. debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as Don José in David McVicar's production of Carmen, conducted by Stéphane Denève. The 2008/2009 season is marked by several notable company debuts: as Turridu in Cavalleria Rusticana for the season opening of Houston Grand Opera; at Washington National Opera as Don José; and at Los Angeles Opera in Walter Braunfels's Die Vögel, conducted by James Conlon as part of the "Recovered Voices" series. Mr. Jovanovich also makes his role debut as Peter Grimes at Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli. Highlights of his 2008/2009 concert season include Mahler's "Symphony of a Thousand" with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, as well as Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with David Robertson and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.

In the summer of 2007, Mr. Jovanovich sang Cavaradossi in Tosca with the Bregenzer Festspiele, selections from which will be heard on the soundtrack of the new James Bond film, Quantum of Solace. Highlights of the 2007-08 season included Macduff in Macbeth for the season opening of the Dallas Opera, Turridu in the Stephen Lawless production of Cavalleria Rusticana at New York City Opera, Cavaradossi with the Seattle Opera and l'Opera de Nice, and his role debut as the Prince in Rusalka with Minnesota Opera. His critically acclaimed debut with San Francisco Opera as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly was also seen in high-definition in movie theatres across the United States.

Highlights of previous seasons include Levin in the world premiere of Anna Karenina with Florida Grand Opera and Opera Theatre of St. Louis; Cavaradossi with l'Opéra National de Bordeaux and de Vlaamse Opera; Turridu with Dallas Opera and Palm Beach Opera; Pinkerton with New York City Opera and Staatstheater Stuttgart; Sergei in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk with Austin Lyric Opera; and the title roles in Candide with Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Werther with l'Opéra de Lille, and the title roles in both Dido and Aeneas and Les Contes d'Hoffmann at La Scala, for which he was acclaimed in Corriere della Sera as "a revelation…perfect diction, healthy singing and elegance of line, timbre of a true tenor…a Phoenix."

An accomplished musician and actor, Mr. Jovanovich has had successes in repertoire both standard and contemporary, including Pollione in Norma, Boconnion in Richard Rodney Bennett's The Mines of Sulphur (Grammy-nominated recording available on Chandos), Macduff in Macbeth, Alfredo in La Traviata, Prologue/Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, Narraboth in Salome, Baron Lummar in Strauss's Intermezzo, Luigi in Il Tabarro, Sam in Susannah, Jean Gaussin in Massenet's Sapho (CD available on Opera Rara), Ladislov in Smetena's Two Widows, the American premiere of Lowell Lieberman's The Picture of Dorian Gray as Lord Geoffrey, the title role in the world premiere of Craig Bohmler's The Tale of the Nutcracker, Don José in Peter Brook's La Tragédie de Carmen, Sam Kaplan in Kurt Weill's Street Scene, Bill in the American premiere of Jonathan Dove's Flight, Paris in the Laurent Pelly production of La Belle Hélène and Phillippe l'Entendu in Romberg's The New Moon (CD available on Ghostlight Records).

A native of Billings, Montana, Brandon Jovanovich received his training at Northern Arizona University and at Manhattan School of Music. He was twice a New York City district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He was a founding member of the Seattle Young Artists program in 1998, and was a member of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice program in 1996/97 where he was given the Anna Mackay Case Award. He won the Crawley Award from the Young Patronesses of the Opera/Florida Grand Opera Voice Competition and in 2004 he was given the prestigious ARIA Award.

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Brandon Jovanovich STAGE CREDITS

Encores! Concert, 2003

[Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 2001
Other Roles

[Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 2000
Prince Karl Franz

Brandon Jovanovich News

San Francisco Opera Reveals Program For One-Night-Only Centennial Concert Celebration

San Francisco Opera announced the program for its 100th Anniversary Concert at the War Memorial Opera House on Friday, June 16. Caroline H. Hume Music Director Eun Sun Kim, former Music Director Sir Donald Runnicles and former Principal Guest Conductor Patrick Summers will conduct the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus along with a host of star soloists in selections inspired by the Company's history.

San Francisco Opera's Centennial Season Culminates With One-Night-Only Celebration This Summer

San Francisco Opera’s Centennial Season culminates June 16, 2023, in a special concert and dinner honoring the Company’s illustrious 100-year history.

The Santa Fe Opera Names 44 Apprentice Singers For The 2023 Season

The Santa Fe Opera has announced the 44 members of its 2023 Apprentice Program for Singers. The roster includes promising young vocalists from across the USA including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, as well as from East Africa, Australia, Canada, China, South America and South Korea.

Review: That Was No LADY, in Mtsensk or Anywhere Else, But Boy Was She Spectacular!

Afraid of Shostakovich? Don’t be. LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK is a glory to behold, in Graham Vick’s knockout production, designed and costumed by Paul Brown, staged this time by Paula Suozzi, with Ron Howell’s choreography. And there were times when the music, with the Met orchestra under the firm, smart baton of Keri-Lynn Wilson, almost sounded like, yes, Puccini, while it was clearly expressionist as well.

Keri-Lynn Wilson to Conduct a Met Revival of LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK

Maestro Keri-Lynn Wilson, following a triumphant tour leading the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra last summer, makes her Metropolitan Opera debut conducting Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for six performances beginning September 29.

Svetlana Sozdateleva To Join Cast of Metropolitan Opera LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK

Svetlana Sozdateleva will make her Met debut singing Katerina Ismailova in all performances of Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, replacing Eva-Maria Westbroek.

Review: Met Orchestra with Goerke, Jovanovich, Owens under Nezet-Seguin Conquers Wagner, Lets Mazzoli Shine Through

You’d have thought that the Met Orchestra would have had enough by the end of the season in the opera house, but, no. Their New York season really ended at Carnegie Hall this week with a pair of concerts combining some opera excerpts with orchestral pieces by composers also known for their opera work.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin And The Met Orchestra Return To Carnegie Hall, June 15 & 16

The MET Orchestra returns to Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage for the first time since June 2019, performing two concerts under the baton of Music Director and Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, both showcasing internationally acclaimed vocalists who have been featured on The Metropolitan Opera stage.

The Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts to Show Strauss' ARIADNE AUF NAXOS

A spectacular high-definition, performance of Strauss’ Ariadne Auf Naxos will be on the big screen at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 12:55pm. The exhilarating soprano Lise Davidsen makes her debut in one of her signature roles, the mythological Greek heroine of Strauss’s enchanting masterpiece.

LA Opera Names Jeremy Frank As Chorus Director

LA Opera has appointed Jeremy Frank as the company's new Chorus Director, beginning in the 2022/23 season.

BWW Review: LOHENGRIN, Royal Opera House

Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin may be famous for introducing the tune of “Here Comes The Bride” to the world but there’s much more here in this stirring tale. David Alden’s bold production debuted in 2018 to critical fanfare and now returns to the Royal Opera House with some excellent leads and immersive flourishes.

MET OPERA ARIADNE AUF NAXOS to Screen At The Ridgefield Playhouse

Witness the spirit of “the show must go!” as comedy and tragedy collide in Strauss's masterful opera Ariadne auf Naxos, screening LIVE from The Met Opera in HD at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, May 15th at 12:55pm. The outstanding cast includes the exhilarating soprano Lise Davidsen in one of her signature roles to the Met for the first time as the titular mythological Greek heroine.

Marquee TV Presents 'Ring Des Nibelungen' Performed By Deutsche Oper Berlin

Ring des Nibelungen is a new interpretation of Wagner's iconic Ring Cycle performed by world-renowned company Deutsche Oper Berlin. Filmed in its four parts - Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung – the performances will be available to view on Marquee TV from 13 May 2022

BWW Review: Lise Davidsen Soars Over Naxos in Strauss's ARIADNE at the Met

I flipped over Lise Davidsen when she made her Met debut in QUEEN OF SPADES—the voice, the acting, the overall subtlety--but I was still unprepared for the performance she gave as the Prima Donna who became Princess Ariadne of Crete in Strauss’s ARIADNE AUF NAXOS. She was altogether divine.

The Metropolitan Opera Announces 2022�"23 Season, Featuring Renée Fleming, Kelli O'Hara & More

The Metropolitan Opera today announced its 2022–23 season, which features seven new productions, the most in ten seasons. Opening Night is September 27 with the company premiere of Cherubini’s Medea, starring soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role alongside tenor Matthew Polenzani in David McVicar’s new staging, conducted by Carlo Rizzi.

Lise Davidsen to Star in Strauss's ARIADNE AUF NAXOS at The Met

 Richard Strauss’s inventive Ariadne auf Naxos, based around an opera within an opera and featuring a unique blend of comedy and drama, returns to the Met for five performances March 1–17.

Strauss's ARIADNE AUF NAXOS Will Stream in the Warner's Studio Theatre Next Month

The 2021-22 season of The Met: Live in HD will continue with Richard Strauss's ARIADNE AUF NAXOS on Saturday, March 12 at 12:55 pm in the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre.

Wolfgang Brendel to Replace Thomas Allen as Major-Domo in The Met's ARIADNE AUF NAXOS

Wolfgang Brendel will perform the role of Major-Domo in all performances of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos this season, replacing Thomas Allen. 

OPERA America Announces 2022 Opera Hall of Fame Inductees and 2022 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards

OPERA America has announced honors for exemplary artists, administrators, advocates, and trustees in two prestigious award programs, the Opera Hall of Fame and National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards.

Metropolitan Opera Performances Will Stream in Cinemas Across Australia Beginning This Month

Opera fans across Australia will soon be able to enjoy performances from the Metropolitan Opera, with six new productions set to premiere in Australian cinemas nationally beginning on October 30.

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