Lyric Opera of Chicago

Tenor Brandon Jovanovich will debut with the Chicago Bears singing the National Anthem

Press Release Letterhead
Thursday, December 1, 2011

Bear Down, Chicago Bears!!
Internationally renowned tenor & Chicago-area resident
Brandon Jovanovich,
appearing in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS as The Tenor & Bacchus
at Lyric Opera of Chicago through Dec. 11,
will debut with the Chicago Bears singing the National Anthem
at Soldier Field Sunday, December 4 at NOON CST
against the Kansas City Chiefs
(broadcast live on WBBM-AM radio)

On Sunday, December 4, American tenor Brandon Jovanovich will make the trek from far northwestern Sycamore to Soldier Field, where the internationally acclaimed tenor will debut singing the National Anthem before the Bears’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs at noon. The game will air on CBS-TV and WBBM-AM radio – to hear Jovanovich, turn on your radio.

Jovanovich is currently featured as the Tenor and Bacchus in Richard Strauss’s sparkling comedy, Ariadne auf Naxos, at Lyric through December 11. Previously at Lyric, he portrayed his signature role, Don José in Carmen (2010-11), and Boris/Katya Kabanova (2009-10). Also this season, he will perform the leading tenor roles in Carmen at the Berlin Opera; Don Carlos at Houston Grand Opera; Tosca at Cologne Opera; and Samson et Dalila, Washington Concert Opera.

“ I’ve always been a fan of the Bears, ever since ‘Refrigerator Perry’!” says Jovanovich. “It’s a dream come true to sing for the team!”

Originally from Billings, Montana, 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. Opera Magazine has praised his “refined instrument and dashing manner stirred superlatives.” Leading roles that have brought Jovanovich unanimous critical praise include Siegmund (San Francisco Opera’s 2011 Ring cycle), title role/The Tales of Hoffmann (La Scala), Pinkerton/Madama Butterfly (Stuttgart, Dallas, San Francisco, Santa Fe), Cavaradossi/Tosca (Bordeaux, Seattle, Nice, Bregenz), and title role/Werther (Lille). The tenor triumphed in his Metropolitan Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera debuts as Don José, which he has also sung in Barcelona, Munich, and Washington. His vast repertoire ranges from Norma (Trieste) Cavalleria rusticana (Houston), and Il tabarro (San Francisco) to Jenůfa (Munich), Rusalka (Glyndebourne, CD), Peter Grimes (Naples), and Braunfels’s Die Vögel (Los Angeles, DVD). Other exceptionally challenging roles in contemporary opera include Hans/Marco Tutino’s Senso (world premiere, Palermo, 2011), Bocconion/The Mines of Sulphur (Glimmerglass Opera, CD), Sergei/Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Austin), and Levin/Anna Karenina (Miami world premiere, St. Louis reprise, CD). Jovanovich is a past recipient of both the Richard Tucker Award and the ARIA Award.