The American tenor is established internationally as a formidable singing actor, singing an immensely varied repertoire. Prominent among his numerous Metropolitan Opera roles have been Mime/Das Rheingold and Siegfried, the Witch/Hansel and Gretel, Golitsyn/Khovanshchina, Mephistopheles/Doktor Faust (company premiere), and Chairman Mao/ Nixon in China (company premiere, DVD). His many exceptionally challenging roles in 20th- and 21st-century repertoire have ranged from the Captain/ Berg’s Wozzeck (Santa Fe), Alviano/Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten (Los Angeles, Salzburg, CD, DVD), and the title role/ Zemlinsky’s Der König Kandaules (Vienna, Salzburg, CD) to Pierre/Prokofiev’s War and Peace (Paris, DVD), the Jailer and Inquisitor/ Dallapiccola’s Il prigioniero (Barcelona), Bégearss/ Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles (Los Angeles, CD), Old Man Marshall/Turnage’s Anna Nicole (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Don Ignacio/Eötvös’s Of Love and Other Demons (Strasbourg), and Wilmer McLean and J. Edgar Hoover/Glass’s Appomattox (Washington). Brubaker has triumphed as Peter Grimes at the Canadian Opera Company, the Aldeburgh Festival, and English National Opera. Another British success was Bacchus/Ariadne auf Naxos at Covent Garden (opening night of Antonio Pappano’s first season as music director). Following Lyric’s Elektra, the tenor will portray Dr. Caius/Falstaff at Dallas Opera. Last season brought him to San Francisco (Turandot, Elektra, Manon) and to Turin’s Teatro Regio (Salome).
Lyric debut: Aegisth/Elektra (2018/19)
Last updated: February 2, 2019