Winner of the 2007 Richard Tucker Award, Brandon Jovanovich is recognized by the world’s leading opera companies for his passionate stage portrayals of leading roles in French, Italian, German, and Slavic opera. Acclaimed for a multitude of roles, The San Francisco Examiner proclaimed his Pinkerton “hit with the force of a revelation. Tall, blond and ridiculously handsome… his vocal performance, delivered with plenty of effortless power and deep, baritonal colors.”
In his exciting 2011/2012 season, Mr. Jovanovich will appear on the stages of the world’s most important opera houses: as Don Jose with the Deutsche Oper Berlin as well as the Bayerische Staatsoper, as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Lyric Opera of Chicago, as Cavaradossi in Tosca with Oper Köln, The Canadian Opera Company and a role debut in the title role in Don Carlos with Houston Grand Opera. In concert he appears at the Hollywood Bowl performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Choral Fantasy, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, as well as with the Gürzenich Orchester Köln performing Mahler’s Eighth Symphony.
Mr. Jovanovich began the 2010/2011 season in the summer as Pinkerton in Santa Fe Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly. In the fall, he performed Don Jose in Carmen at Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Opera in a repeat of his debut in the acclaimed Richard Eyre production, this time opposite Elina Garanca. A champion of new works, Mr. Jovanovich traveled to the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Italy to premiere Senso by Marco Tutino. In Beijing, China he shared his acclaimed Don Jose with the Chinese public, and ended the season at San Francisco Opera, where he made role debuts in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen as Froh (Rheingold) and Siegmund (Die Walküre), in the highly acclaimed production by Francesca Zambello, under the baton of Donald Runnicles.
The 2009/2010 season was marked by Mr. Jovanovich’s Metropolitan opera debut as Don José in a new production of Carmen opposite Olga Borodina as well as his role debut as Bacchus in Boston Lyric Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos. Mr. Jovanovich also appeared as Luigi in San Francisco Opera’s Tabarro, conducted by Patrick Summers, as Boris in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Katya Kabanova opposite Karita Mattila, and as Pinkerton in Dallas Opera’s Madama Butterfly. Internationally, he appeared as Steva in the Bayrische Staatsoper’s production of Janáček’s Jenůfa. At the Glyndebourne Festival, Mr. Jovanovich sang the Prince in Dvořák’s Rusalka which was later released as a live recording on Glyndebourne’s independent label.
Highlights of previous seasons include his U.K. debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as Don José in David McVicar’s production of Carmen, conducted by Stéphane Denève; Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana for the season opening of Houston Grand Opera; Washington National Opera as Don José; Los Angeles Opera in Walter Braunfels’s Die Vögel, conducted by James Conlon as part of the “Recovered Voices” series; his role debut as Peter Grimes at Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli; Levin in the world premiere of Anna Karenina with Florida Grand Opera and Opera Theatre of St. Louis; Cavaradossi with the Opéra National de Bordeaux and de Vlaamse Opera; Turiddu with Dallas Opera and Palm Beach Opera; Pinkerton with New York City Opera and Staatstheater Stuttgart; Sergei in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk with Austin Lyric Opera; and the title roles in Candide with Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Werther with the Opéra de Lille; Macduff in Macbeth for the season opening of the Dallas Opera; Turiddu in the Stephen Lawless production of Cavalleria Rusticana at New York City Opera; Cavaradossi with the Seattle Opera; his role debut as the Prince in Rusalka with Minnesota Opera; and Les Contes d’Hoffmann at La Scala, for which he was acclaimed in Corriere della Sera as “a revelation…perfect diction, healthy singing and elegance of line, timbre of a true tenor…a Phoenix.” His critically acclaimed debut with San Francisco Opera as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly was seen in high-definition in movie theatres across the United States. In the summer of 2007, Mr. Jovanovich sang Cavaradossi in Tosca with the Bregenzer Festspiele, selections from which can be heard on the soundtrack of the James Bond film, Quantum of Solace.
A native of Billings, Montana, Brandon Jovanovich received his training at Northern Arizona University and at Manhattan School of Music. He 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 in 1998, and was a member of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice program in 1996/1997 where he was given the Anna Mackay Case 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.