Launch Event 2014

Brian Michael Moore

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Brian Michael Moore is a 22-year-old tenor from Cincinnati, Ohio. He studies with Mark Oswald at the Manhattan School of Music, where he can soon be seen playing Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohéme (December 17th and 19th) conducted by Thomas Muraco, and as Prince Suo-Chong in Lehàr’s Das Land des Lächelns (April 1st – 4th) directed by Dona Vaughn. Past credits include the title role in Gounod’s Faust and Tebaldo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Thomas Muraco's Opera Repertoire Ensemble at MSM, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with the New York Opera Exchange, the Shepherd in Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex with the Cincinnati May Festival under the baton of James Conlon, and Ein Tierhandler in Der Rosenkavalier as a young artist at the Cincinnati Opera. This past summer at the Brevard Music Festival, Brian was seen as the lead tenor Charlie Drouet in Robert Aldridge’s new opera Sister Carrie and as a soloist in Sweeney Todd, as well as the understudy for the title role in Albert Herring and a soloist in their Opera’s Greatest Hits concert. Brian has been a part of many prestigious ensembles including the chorus in performances at the NY Philharmonic such as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and William Walton’s Henry V, as well as a chorus member of the Cincinnati Opera for five years, appearing in such operas as Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Aïda, and I Pagliacci. Brian has been a soloist with both the Cincinnati Pops! Orchestra as a part of their Summer Park Tour and with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Brian has trained extensively in stage combat, particularly hand-to-hand, knife, rapier and dagger, and sword and shield. Brian is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors. Brian was a finalist of the 2014 Eastern Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and 1st Place winner of the 2014 Classical Singer Competition.

Janai Brugger

A former winner of Placido Domingo’s prestigious Operalia vocal competition and of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, both in 2012, American soprano, Janai Brugger, begins the 2013-14 season as Liu Turandot at Hawaii Opera Theatre.  She returns to Los Angeles Opera to make her debut as Pamina Die Zauberflote and in the Spring she continues to the Metropolitan Opera to sing the role of Helena The Enchanted Island.  Later in Denver Miss Brugger makes her debut as Michaela Carmen with Opera Colorado.
Last season the artist’s appearances included Liu at the Metropolitan Opera in the Zefferelli production of Turandot;  she travelled to Prague to appear in concert at the Peter Dvorsky Festival, she appeared in the May Festival with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under the baton of James Conlon and joined Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel as High Priestess Aida in performances at the Hollywood Bowl. A favourite on the concert platform, she also sang at Grant Park Festival’s Fourth of July open air concert in front of 10,000 people, and also sang with Philadelphia Orchestra in their 2013 gala concert performance.
Recent successes include the artist’s  appearance at Ravinia Festival with Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of James Conlon as First Lady Die Zauberflöte. As a member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, Ms Brugger’s Los Angeles Opera appearances include Barbarina Le Nozze di Figaro under the baton of Placido Domingo, Page Rigoletto with James Conlon, and Musetta La Bohème with Patrick Summers. Cover assignments included the roles of Mrs Neruda Il Postino, Governess The Turn of the Screw, and Juliette Roméo et Juliette, a role in which she made her debut in a special appearance at Palm Beach Opera in 2010.
A native of Chicago, the artist obtained a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied with the late Shirley Verrett.  She won her Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University where she studied with Elsa Charlston. In 2007, she appeared with Marilyn Horne at Carnegie Hall in “The Song Continues”.  Ms Brugger appeared as Adina Elixir of Love with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in their ‘Opera in the Neighborhoods’ program and in 2010, she participated in The Merola Opera Program of San Francisco Opera, performing scenes from Massenet’s Werther and Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor.

Brandon Cedel

Bass-Baritone Brandon Cedel has performed with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Santa Barbara, Music Academy of the West, Opera Orchestra of New York, and the Chautauqua Institution. He has also worked with symphonies including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, Hershey Symphony and the Marina Del Rey Symphony. His repertoire includes Figaro in Mozart’s Le Nozze Di Figaro, Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust, the Forester in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Antony in Barber’s Antony And Cleopatra, and Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème. Brandon was the 2012 winner at the George London Awards and Recipient of the Sarah Tucker Grant at the Richard Tucker Foundation. He was also the First Place Winner at the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition, Palm Beach Opera Competition, S. Livingston Mather Competition, and Sue Goetz Ross Memorial Competition. He was the 2011 Grand Prize Winner at the Gerda Lissner Vocal Competition. He has also received awards from the Liederkranz Competition, Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, Loren L. Zachary Competition, Opera Index, and the Mario Lanza Competition.  He won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2013 and is currently in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.