Baritone Brian Mulligan is renowned as an interpreter of classic works by Verdi, Wagner, and Strauss, as well as the most challenging 20th- and 21st-century operas.
This season he has performed as Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and as Heerrufer in Lohengrin at the Metropolitan Opera. Other recent appearances include Wotan in Das Rheingold with the Vienna Symphony; Don Pizzaro in Fidelio with Irish National Opera; and Jochanaan in Salome, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, and Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande with Dutch National Opera. He also created the role of Jack Torrance in the world premiere of The Shining at Minnesota Opera.
Mr. Mulligan has made numerous appearances at San Francisco Opera, where he has sung the title roles in Sweeney Todd and Nixon in China; Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor; Count Anckarström in Un Ballo in Maschera; and Chorèbe in Les Troyens. Other engagements include the Vienna State Opera, English National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Cleveland Orchestra. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in January 2017.
A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Mulligan has been awarded a Richard Tucker Career Grant, Sara Tucker Study Grant, George London Award, and first prize at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Vocal Competition. Early 2022 saw the release of his third solo record, Alburnum, with music by Mason Bates, Missy Mazzoli, and Greg Spears.