Praised by The Wall Street Journal for his “ardent, heroic tenor and strong acting,” Brandon Jovanovich is sought after by the world’s finest opera companies for his passionate stage portrayals of leading roles in French, Italian, German, and Slavic opera.
In the 2020-2021 season, Mr. Jovanovich returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Siegmund in Die Walküre, to the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, in the title role of Parsifal, and to Opéra national de Paris as Herman in The Queen of Spades. Previously scheduled engagements include appearances at both the Metropolitan Opera and Washington National Opera as Florestan in Fidelio, and at Lyric Opera of Chicago as the title role in Samson et Dalila.
In the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Jovanovich made his role debut as Canio in a new production by Robert Carsen of Pagliacci at Dutch National Opera, and as Samson in a new production and house debut at the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin, opposite Elīna Garanča and conducted by Daniel Barenboim. He also returned to the Bayerische Staatsoper as Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West and to Lyric Opera of Chicago as Herman, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. He had also been scheduled to sing Froh and Siegmund in the Ring cycle at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the title role in Act 3 of Siegfried at the Bregenz Festival. In concert, he had been scheduled to sing Siegmund in Act 1 of Die Walküre at the Festival de Lanaudière, as well as Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in performances marking what would have been Michael Tilson Thomas’s final concerts as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony.
The 2018-2019 season was highlighted by performances as Énée in Berlioz’s epic masterpiece Les Troyens at both the Wiener Staatsoper and Opéra national de Paris. Mr. Jovanovich also returned to the Wiener Staatsoper as both Florestan and the Prince in Rusalka, made his role debut in the title role of Parsifal at the Deutsche Opera Berlin, sang Dick Johnson in a new production of La fanciulla del West at the Bayerische Staatsoper, and reprised the Prince at San Francisco Opera.
Highlights of Mr. Jovanovich’s recent seasons include his house debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Don José in Carmen, followed by Sergei in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, along with his Salzburg Festival debut in a new production of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, conducted by Mariss Jansons. He also returned to the Metropolitan Opera as the Prince in a new production of Rusalka, and to Lyric Opera of Chicago as Énée. Role debuts include the Tambourmajor in Wozzeck at Opernhaus Zürich, conducted by Fabio Luisi (released on DVD), and Walther in Die Meistersinger at San Francisco Opera, under the baton of Sir Mark Elder, plus a much-anticipated house debut at Opéra National de Paris in the same role under the baton of Philippe Jordan. He has also sung des Grieux in Manon Lescaut at both the Bayerische Staatsoper and La Monnaie in Brussels; the Prince in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Rusalka at Lyric Opera of Chicago; Don José and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at Los Angeles Opera, the latter conducted by Plácido Domingo; the title role of Lohengrin at San Francisco Opera; Florestan in a new production of Fidelio at Opernhaus Zürich, conducted by Fabio Luisi, and at the Verbier Festival under the baton of Marc Minkowski; and Sergei in a new production of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at Opernhaus Zürich.
Other career highlights include the title role in Les contes d’Hoffmann at Teatro alla Scala; Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Boston Lyric Opera; Don José at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, and Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; the title role in Don Carlos at Houston Grand Opera; the title role in Peter Grimes at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples; and Cavaradossi in Tosca at Canadian Opera Company, Oper Köln, Seattle Opera, l’Opéra National de Bordeaux, Vlaamse Opera, and the Bregenz Festival, the last of which was featured in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. Mr. Jovanovich’s portrayal of Pinkerton has been seen at Santa Fe Opera, Dallas Opera, New York City 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 the 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 a member of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program, where he was given the Anna Case Mackay Award. He won the Crawley Award from the Young Patronesses of the Opera/Florida Grand Opera Voice Competition and in 2004 was given the prestigious ARIA Award.