As a vocal performer there are numerous hours of study, preparation, vocal exercises, health concerns, traveling, rehearsing scenes, memorizing staging and intentions, not to mention the languages. It is constantly new and exciting and it is why I absolutely love what I do! There are no second takes; you are “live” every moment you stand on stage - if you stumble, you must recover, if you lose yourself in the moment, you must get back on track.
With the 2015/2016 season upon us, I find myself preparing some of the most beautiful, challenging and utterly rewarding music available. My role debut as the Tambourmajor in Andreas Homoki’s new production of Wozzeck is challenging both musically and vocally. A brash, hyper-sexualized stereotype of a man isn’t always what one thinks of when going to the opera, but Berg gives me the chance to chomp my teeth into this boorish character. With Fabio Luisi conducting it should be one heck of a show. I next travel to San Francisco Opera for my role debut as Walter von Stolzing in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg. San Francisco Opera has served as THE place for me to cut my Wagner teeth; Froh, Sigmund, Lohengrin and now Walther. I am thrilled to be partnering with Sir David McVicar again, and working with Maestro Mark Elder for the first time! From there I finally get to check off one my biggest bucket list to-do’s --- by making my house debut with the Opera National de Paris! Again, Meistersinger affords me the opportunity to reconnect with some great artists and friends, only this time in Europe! It is a Stefan Herheim’s production, conducted by Philippe Jordan;I am eager to get to know this lovely city, and its people. In 2013 I had the opportunity to sing Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut…what and amazing score, music and piece! This time around Munich will find me returning to sing this second outing as Des Grieux, plus shortly thereafter I will sing Don Jose in a production that I first visited in 2011. Finally, Zurich has become somewhat of a second home to me and I am thrilled to be debuting the role of Hermann in Pique Dame there. I have heard that this Robert Carsen production is amazing, and I truly love tackling a character of such complexity and relish singing music laden with emotion that only Tchaikovsky can conjure. It looks to be a hugely rewarding season as an artist, and I look forward to the challenges and beauty that it will bring to all involved.
Opera is a living, breathing, morphing behemoth that is tamed each and every night it is performed. For the audience, it is unlike any other experience they will ever have. It can be a gateway to unknown recesses of one's soul, or the path to emotions that are simmering beneath our everyday existence. With an open heart, an open mind and a good production, it will become something magical. This is what I strive for.
Brandon Jovanovich photographed by Kristen Hoebermann
Brandon Jovanovich in Lady Macbeth von Mtzensk
Photo by Monika Rittershaus | Opernhaus Zürich, 2013
Brandon Jovanovich performing at the Verbier Festival
Scheduled highlights in Brandon Jovanovich's 2015/16 season include three roles debuts -- Tambourmajor in Wozzeck and Hermann in Pique Dame at Opernhaus Zürich, and Walther in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg; plus he makes a much-anticipated house debut with L'Opéra National de Paris.
Mr. Jovanovich opened the 2014/15 season at San Francisco Opera as Sam in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah in a new production by Michael Cavanagh, followed by his return to the Metropolitan Opera as Sergei in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk under the baton of James Conlon. Other operatic highlights of Mr. Jovanovich’s season included Walter in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s highly-anticipated production of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s The Passenger and a reprise of his acclaimed Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio at Opernhaus Zürich under the baton of Fabio Luisi. Orchestral engagements included Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, both under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, and in his Vienna debut performing Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass with the Czech Philarmonic Orchestra . Concert performances of Fidelio with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, plus his New York Philharmonic debut in Verdi’s Requiem under the baton of Alan Gilbert.
Highlights of Mr. Jovanovich’s recent seasons include the Prince in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Rusalka at Lyric Opera of Chicago; Don José in Carmen at LA Opera conducted by Plácido Domingo, The Dallas Opera conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, Opernhaus Zürich conducted by Vasily Petrenko, and in a new production at Houston Grand Opera; the title role of Lohengrin at San Francisco Opera conducted by Nicola Luisotti; Florestan in a new production of Fidelio by Andreas Homoki at Opernhaus Zürich, conducted by Fabio Luisi, and at the Verbier Festival under the baton of Marc Minkowski; Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at LA Opera; the Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut at La Monnaie in Brussels; and Sergei in a new production of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk with Opernhaus Zürich.
Recent concert work includes appearances with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln under the baton of Markus Stenz, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Millennium Park series, and the title role in a concert production of Lohengrin at Festival International de Lanaudière conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Mr. Jovanovich made role debuts in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen as Froh (Rheingold) and Siegmund (Die Walküre) with the San Francisco Opera in 2011 in the highly acclaimed production by Francesca Zambello, under the baton of Donald Runnicles, and his U.K. debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as Don José in David McVicar’s production of Carmen, conducted by Stéphane Denève. He later returned to Glyndebourne to sing the Prince in Dvořák’s Rusalka which was released as a live recording on Glyndebourne’s independent label.
Other career highlights include Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Teatro alla Scala; Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Boston Lyric Opera; Don José in Carmen with Deutsche Oper Berlin, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Bayerische Staatsoper, and the Metropolitan Opera; the title role in Don Carlos with Houston Grand Opera; the title role in Peter Grimes at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples; and Cavaradossi in Tosca with the Canadian Opera Company, Oper Köln, Seattle Opera, l’Opéra National de Bordeaux, de Vlaamse Opera, and the Bregenz Festival, which was featured in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. Mr. Jovanovich’s Pinkerton has been seen at Santa Fe Opera, The Dallas Opera, New York City Opera, LA Opera, and San Francisco Opera, where it was broadcast in high-definition in movie theatres across the United States.
A native of Billings, MT, Brandon Jovanovich received his training at Northern Arizona University and Manhattan School of Music. He was the recipient of the 2007 Richard Tucker Award and 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 and was a member of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice program, where he was given the Anna Case Mackay award 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.
UPDATED JANUARY 2016
"Brandon Jovanovich was the star of the show,
a high heroic tenor
clearly destined for greatness."
-The Wall Street Journal
"His singing was thrillingly pure and tireless,
his stage presence simultaneously tender and aloof."
-The San Francisco Chronicle
"The fine tenor Brandon Jovanovich brings
an aptly brawny voice and physique..."
-The New York Times
L'Opéra National de Paris, Opéra Bastille
Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
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San Francisco Opera
Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
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Alban Berg's Wozzeck
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Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass
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Lyric Opera of Chicago
The Passenger by Mieczyslaw Weinberg
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2011 Hollywood Bowl
2010 Metropolitan Opera debut
2007 Richard Tucker Award
2007 Featured in Quantum of Solace
2007 San Francisco Opera debut
2005 ARIA Award
2004 Teatro alla Scala debut
1998 & 1999 Metropolitan Opera National Council, NYC District
1998 Crawley Award,
Young Patronesses of
Florida Grand Opera
1996 Anna Case Mackay Award,
Santa Fe Opera
1998 Seattle Opera Young Artist
1997 New York City Opera Debut
1997/8 Manhattan School of Music
1996/7 Santa Fe Opera Apprentice
1994 Northern Arizona University
B.S. Theater Performance
Published: December 1, 2015: PRESS FOR BRANDON'S MEISTERSINGER ROLE DEBUT, RAVES
Published: November 13, 2014: JOVANOVICH FINDS HUMANITY in LADY MACBETH's BAD BOY
Published: September 6, 2014: BRANDON RETURNS TO SAN FRANCISCO OPERA IN SUSANNAH
Markus Stenz conducts the Gürzenich Orchestra
"Brandon Jovanovich brings a rugged vocal handsomeness to Waldemar, and there is a touching sensitivity and slight vulnerability in the timbre – a Heldentenor with a ringing top who retains some lyrical colour. ...He has all the notes under his belt."
-Hugo Shirley, Gramophone
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Walter Braunfels (Composer)
From LA Opera's Recovered Voices series. Opernwelt's Matthew Gurewitsch hailed, “tenor Brandon Jovanovich, engaging throughout, soared to new heights here, combining lyricism and romantic timbre with unforced power.”
David Carlson (Composer)
Colin Graham (Librettist)
Live performance Recording of Stewart Robertson conducting the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at the Opera Theatre Saint Louis
A pivotal scene from this installement in the James Bond franchise was filmed at the Bregenz Festival during a performance of Tosca starring Brandon Jovanovich as Cavaradossi
Richard Rodney Bennett (Composer)
Chandos presents this Grammy-nominated Recording taken from the 2004 live performances at Glimmerglass Opera starring Brandon Jovanovich and Beth Clayton
Sigmund Rohmberg (Composer)
A 2003 Encores! off-Broadway Cast Recording including Brandon Jovanovich, Rod Gilfry and Christiane Noll singing classic tunes
Jules Massenet (Composer)
The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Belarus conducted by Jean-Luc Tingaud and Lubomir Matl. A Recording of live performances at the Wexford Festival, 2001
Daniel Cátan (Composer)
The Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater conducted by Eduardo Diazmuñoz. This is the only complete recording of Daniel Catan's La hija de Rappaccini. It features the young voices of Brandon Jovanovich and Olivia Gorra