Described by The New York Times as having an “ample and pleasing tone,” tenor Brian Vu is an exciting performer recognized for his vocal and dramatic abilities. The upcoming 2022-2023 season sees Brian return to Minnesota Opera as Bryce to mount the world premiere of Edward Tulane, a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Sergio in a new production of Fedora, and debuts with the Brooklyn Art Song Society and Hawaii Opera Theater as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. During the 20-21 season, Mr. Vu made his tenor debut with The Atlanta Opera as Soldier in Der Kaiser von Atlantis and in a concert of Kurt Weill repertoire and joined Opera Omaha for their new recording of David Hertzberg’s The Rose Elf as The Beloved/Horus. He was also slated to return to the Metropolitan Opera to sing the Journalist in Lulu (COVID19), and cover the Huntsman in Rusalka and Novice's Friend in Billy Budd (COVID19). In the summer of 2021, Mr. Vu was a fellow at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute and in the 21-22 season, debuted the role of Manrico in Il trovatore at Opera in the Heights, was scheduled to appear as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Great Bend Center for Music (COVID19), starred in a short film entitled QUANDO co-produced by Long Beach Opera and Heartbeat Opera which will celebrate Verdi’s music, and made two company and role debuts at Opera Columbus singing Timothy Laughlin in Fellow Travelers and Madison Opera singing Pluto in Orpheus in the Underworld. Future role debuts include the title role in Bernstein’s Candide and Alfredo in La traviata TBA.
The 2018-2019 season marked Mr. Vu’s debut with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Atlanta Opera performing Riff in Francesca Zambello’s new production of West Side Story; a role he premiered at Houston Grand Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival. Mr. Vu then made two company / role debuts: as Alcée in Charles Gounod’s Sapho with Washington Concert Opera and Moralès in Carmen with San Diego Opera. In the summer of 2019, Mr. Vu made his Des Moines Metro Opera debut as Schaunard in La bohème and 2nd Apprentice in Wozzeck.
Mr. Vu is a recent graduate of the Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist program, where over two seasons he performed Baron Douphol in La traviata, Second Nazarene in Salome, Berardo in Handel’s Riccardo Primo, Hannah before in As One, Calvin Griffith in The Summer King, John Brooke in Little Women, Leo Stein in 27, Figaro (student matinee) and Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Mr. Vu also covered the roles of Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Ping in Turandot.
Equally at home in the recording studio and on the concert stage, Mr. Vu lent his singing voice to the HBO television series Watchmen, made his Carnegie Hall debut singing Mitch Leigh’s Impossible Dream with the composer in attendance. Mr. Vu made a return to Carnegie Hall performing songs from the Frederich R. Koch Collection of Yale's Beinecke Library. Mr. Vu has also sung the role of Gee-tar in West Side Story with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, selections from The Merry Widow with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and performed as baritone soloist with the Yale Glee Club and Symphony Orchestra's performance of Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem. In January of 2019, Mr. Vu sang the role of the Prisoner in the workshop of David Lang’s prisoner of the state with the New York Philharmonic.
Mr. Vu has participated as an Apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera, Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival, Vocal Fellow in Marilyn Horne’s Music Academy of the West and is a former member of the Wolf Trap Opera Studio. A First Place Winner of the Lotte Lenya Competition, he is a Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, recipient of the Sullivan Foundation Award, Third Prize in the Gerda Lissner Lieder competition, and a major prize winner in the Opera Index Competition, among others.
Mr. Vu holds a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and Music Education from University of California, Los Angeles and both a Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music.