Baritone, Brian Major, was last seen as Escamillo in Carmen with the Martina Arroyo Foundation, Prelude to Performance, was described as “imposing and seductive.” Previously, Major performed with Opera Saratoga as Giorgio in Il Postino. His performance of the title role Don Giovanni with Opera in the Heights was called “sexy and despicable, full-bodied and broad.” Major performed Germont in La traviata with Opera Company of Middlebury and performed an all French Opera concert with Maestro Michel Plasson in Montpellier, France. Other opera credits include Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Marcello in La bohème, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, 1st Nazarene in Salome, and George Milton in Of Mice and Men.
An accomplished recitalist and concert artist, Major has been baritone soloist in Carmina Burana, Messiah, Five Mystical Songs, and the Requiems of Duruflé, Fauré, and Mozart to name a few. He has performed with The Siena Chamber Orchestra in Italy, Sun Valley Opera in Idaho and Des Moines Symphony Orchestra in Iowa.
Major has won numerous awards and honors including 1st prize Opera Ebony Vocal Competition, 3rd prize Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, 2nd prize Opera at San Nicola Vocal Competition, 1st prize Harlem Opera Theater Vocal Competition, 1st prize Atlanta Music Club Vocal Competition and Encouragement Prize Palm Beach Atlantic Vocal Competition. He holds a master’s degree and performance certificate from Boston University and is a graduate of Morehouse College.