Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Introducing barihunk Brian James Myer

Brian James Myer
Brian James Myer, who is new to our site,  is joining Hans Tashjian as one of the 2016 Chautauqua Opera Young Artists. Myer just wrapped up a run as the title character in Rossini's The Barber of Seville at the Florida Grand Opera, which was his debut with the company. He will return to Florida Grand Opera this Spring to cover both Tadeusz in Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger and Malatesta in Donizetti's Don Pasquale.

Myer was born in Tarzana, California and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he began piano lessons at age nine.  He subsequently studied flute, cello, guitar, and voice.

Recent engagements include Papageno in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with Sin City Opera and Opera San Jose, Gino Carella in Mark Lanz Weiser's Where Angels Fear to Tread with Opera San Jose, Silvio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci with Sarasota Opera, Masetto  in Mozart's Don Giovanni with Opera San Jose and Opera Las Vegas, Yamadori in Puccini's Madama Butterfly with Opera Las Vegas, Albert in Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe with Chautauqua Opera, and Le Dancaïre in Bizet's Carmen with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Ontario, Canada. 

Brian James Myer sings Papageno's suicide aria:

Myer won first place prizes at the National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions in both Nevada and Ohio.  He received two young artist encouragement awards from Chautauqua Opera and is a recipient of the Albert Rees Davis Scholarship from The Singers Club of Cleveland  He was also a regional finalist in the NATS Artist Award (Cal-Western Region) and a semifinalist in the American Institute of Musical Studies Meistersinger competition.

Myer volunteered for the music program with the Clark County School District and served as a middle school choir teacher.  He participated in the Palm Springs Opera Guild Outreach Program, bringing opera to over 13,500 students in the Coachella Valley.  He is also a published composer, whose choral octavo can be found and purchased at Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Inc.

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