Brian Leerhuber, baritone, is a graduate of UCLA, Summa cum Laude, where he performed the roles of Papageno, Testo in Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and Riccardo in a concert version of I puritani, conducted by Placido Domingo.

 

He is a winner of a 2003 Sullivan Foundation Award. As a former member of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, he made his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as the Novice's Friend in Billy Budd. He has sung Papageno in Die Zauberflvte, the Marchese in La traviata and Silvano in Un ballo in maschero, and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly.

 

Mr. Leerhuber was a Young Artist in Residence with the Juilliard Opera Center, where he performed in productions of The Rape of Lucretia as Tarquinius and Gluck's Armide as Hidraot. As principal baritone for Opera San Josi for two seasons, he sang the roles of Don Giovanni, Papageno, Danilo, Mercutio, Nick Shadow, Enrico in Lucia, Slim Of Mice and Men and Il Poeta in Il turco in Italia.

 

He has also appeared with Festival Opera of Walnut Creek to great critical acclaim as Schaunard and the Figaro of both Mozart and Rossini. At the Music Academy of the West, Mr. Leerhuber participated in the 1996 and 1997 summer festivals, singing in Rossini's Il viaggio ` Reims as Don Alvaro and Le nozze di Figaro as Il Conte. He has also appeared with the Santa Fe Opera, Eugene Opera, Rimrock Opera, Rogue Opera, Monterey Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony, San Francisco Concert Chorale, Racine Symphony, Opera Buffs and the Berkeley Opera, singing the role of Eumee in the West Coast premiere of Fauri's Penelope.

 

Mr. Leerhuber makes his European operatic debut in France at the Lyrique en Mer festival as Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte and Schaunard.

 

An accomplished recitalist, Mr. Leerhuber has performed for the Marilyn Horne Foundation at Lincoln Center, as well as a solo recital at the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City, and Foundation-sponsored recitals in Tyler, Texas and Carmel, California. Other recital credits include the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Alice Tully Hall, the Bank of Brazil Cultural Center in Rio de Janeiro, Ravinia, University of Illinois at Chicago, Appalachian Music Festival, Cleveland Art Song Festival, Hidden Valley Music Seminars, several Sundays At Four concerts from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (broadcast live over KUSC Radio), and a staged version of Wolf's Italianisches Liederbuch, directed by Frank Corsaro.




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