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. During the 2020-21 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/LA Opera for their new recording of David Hertzberg’s The Rose Elfas The Beloved/Horus. He was also slated to return to the Metropolitan Opera to sing the Journalist in Lulu, and cover the Huntsman in Rusalka and Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd (COVID19). In the summer of 2021, Mr. Vu will be a fellow at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute and in the spring of 2022, he will make his Opera Columbus debut singing Timothy Laughlin in Fellow Travelers.
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. He has received numerous accolades including being named the first place winner of the Lotte Lenya Competition, a Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a 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 BA from UCLA and an MM and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music.