Brian Mulligan

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Brian Mulligan is an American operatic baritone. Born in Endicott, New York, Brian Mulligan studied at Yale University and the Juilliard School.[1] His primary voice instructor is W. Stephen Smith, who he studies with currently.

Brian Mulligan debuted at the Metropolitan Opera while still a student at Juilliard, in December 2003 in Die Frau ohne Schatten. Since then, he has gone on to perform at some of the most important opera houses in the world, including San Francisco Opera (debut as Marcello in La Bohème), Lyric Opera of Chicago (debut as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor), Los Angeles Opera (debut as Prometheus in Die Vögel), New York City Opera (debut as Jake Wallace in La Fanciulla del West) and Houston Grand Opera (debut as Marcello in La Bohème).

Mulligan has garnered much critical acclaim in his young career, particularly for his performances of Richard Nixon in Nixon in China with San Francisco Opera, Enrico in the David Alden production of Lucia di Lammermoor at Canadian Opera Company, English National Opera and Washington National Opera, and Valentin in Faust at the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera. Other roles in his repertoire include the title roles in Hamlet and Eugene Onegin, Renato in Un ballo in maschera and Amfortas in Parsifal.

Brian Mulligan has also performed with many of the finest orchestras in America, including the Cleveland Orchestra (A Sea Symphony), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Songs for Adam), the Houston Symphony (Paulus) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Mahler Symphony #8). The performance of Mahler’s 8th Symphony, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, was recorded by Deutsche Grammophon and released on DVD in 2012.[2]

Brian Mulligan holds dual citizenship with the United States and Ireland. He was recently named one of the top Irish Americans in Irish America Magazine.[3]


  • The George London Prize [4]
  • Richard Tucker Career Grant [5]
  • 1st Prize in the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Vocal Competition [6]


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