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OPERA / OPERETTA 2020
Nicias Thais Maryland Lyric Opera
2019
Tinca Il Tabarro Maryland Lyric Opera
Alfred Die Fledermaus Lyric Opera Studio Weimar (Germany)
2018
Nick La Fanciulla del West Maryland Lyric Opera
2017
D’Artagnan Les Trois Mousquetaires Phoenicia International Festival
Trin La Fanciulla del West Michigan Opera Theatre
Theodore “Laurie” Lawrence Little Women Michigan Opera Theatre
2016
Kron Prinz Silent Night Michigan Opera Theatre
El Remendado (Jose cover) Carmen Michigan Opera Theatre
Armored Man (Tamino cover) The Magic Flute Michigan Opera Theatre
Malcolm (Macduff cover) Macbeth Michigan Opera Theatre
Martin The Tender Land Michigan Opera Theatre
2015
B.F. Pinkerton Madama Butterfly Quisisana Resort
Don Jose’ Carmen New York Opera Exchange
Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor New York Opera Exchange
Mayor (Albert cover) Albert Herring Bronx Opera
2014
Camille de Rosillon The Merry Widow Capitol City Opera
Camille de Rosillon The Merry Widow Opera Theater Pittsburgh
Nemorino L’Elisir d’Amore U.G.A. Opera Theater
2013
Wagner / Nereo Mefistofele New York Collegiate Chorale
E.T.A. Hoffman Les Contes d’Hoffman Martina Arroyo Foundation
Tamino Die Zauberflote U.G.A. Opera Theater
2012
Rodolfo La Boheme La Musica Lyrica
Frederick The Pirates of Penzance U.G.A. Opera Theater
2011
Gaston (Alfredo cover) La Traviata International Festival of the Aegean
Eisenstein Die Fledermaus U.G.A. Opera Theater
ORATORIO / CONCERT / RECITAL 2018
Tenor Soloist Beethoven “An die Freude” Symphonie No. 9, Op. 125 Montgomery Philharmonic, MD
2016
Featured Soloist On Wenlock Edge Michigan Opera Theatre, MI
Tenor Soloist Schubert Mass in Bb, D. 234 Assumption Grotto Cathedral, MI
Tenor Soloist Mozart Regina Coeli, K. 276 Assumption Grotto Cathedral, MI
Tenor Soloist Mozart Missa Brevis in C, K. 258 Assumption Grotto Cathedral, MI
2015
Tenor Soloist Composers Concert:  Premier Works by Composer Michael Fiacc Empire Opera, NYC
Tenor Soloist Mozart Requiem, K. 626 Orchestra Nepal, NYC
Tenor Soloist Beethoven “An die Freude” Symphonie No. 9, Op. 125 GAMAC, Anderson, SC
2014
Tenor Soloist Handel Messiah Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, NY
Tenor Soloist Saint-Saens Oratorio Rockland County Choral Society, NY
Tenor Soloist Gounod Messe sollennelle Rockland County Choral Society, NY
COMPETITIONS / AWARDS
Faith Geier Artist Collegiate Chorale / Faith Geier Artist Initiative 2013
Hoveland Opera Fellowship University of Georgia 2013
Encouragement Award Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; Georgia 2012
First Place Winner Atlantic Music Club Scholarship Competition 2012
First Place Winner U.G.A.S.O Concerto Competition 2011
YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS 
Resident Artist Lyric Opera Studio (Weimar, Germany) 2019
Resident Artist Michigan Opera Theatre 2016/2017
EDUCATION
D.M.A. / Vocal Performance University of Georgia; Athens 2014
M.M. / Vocal Performance University of Georgia; Athens 2013
B.M. / Instrumental Performance (Double Bass) Conservatory of Music; Purchase College S.U.N.Y. 2009

CAREER INFLUENCES

Conductors:  Louis Salemno, Olaf Storbeck, Karen Kamensek, David Charles Abell, Imre Pallo, Robert Lyall, Stephen Lord, Joseph Rescigno, Valerio Galli, James Meena

Directors:  Damon Nestor Plumis, Lawrence Edelson, Kristine McIntyre, E. Loren Meeker

Vocal Coaches:  John Norris, Martin Katz, Kathleen Kelly, Joan Krueger, Elaine Rinaldi, Kathryn Wright

Voice Teachers:  William Stone, Ron Raines, Richard Leech, Frederick Burchinal

CRITICAL ACCLAIM

Die Fledermaus / Lyric Opera Studio (Weimar, Germany)

“Alfred, Joseph Michel Brent aus den USA, konnte schon mit seiner ersten Belcanto-Arie mit lyrischer Tenorstimme punkten und rührte damit das Arnstädter Publikum. Das „Täubchen, das enflattert ist, stille mein Verlangen…“ brachte Sofortapplaus.”

TRANSLATED:  “Alfred, Joseph Michel Brent from the USA, scored with his first bel canto aria with lyric tenor voice and touched the Arnstädter audience. The “Täubchen, das enflattert ist, stille mein Verlangen…“ brought instant applause.”

-Larissa Gawritschenko und Thomas Janda

https://onlinemerker.com/arnstadt-die-fledermaus…/

The Merry Widow / Capitol City Opera (Pittsburgh)

“Tenor Joseph Brent was an unkempt Camille with splendid high notes.

– Pittsburgh Post-Gazette”

Little Women / Michigan Opera Theatre

“Joseph Michael Brent as Laurie, Jo’s close friend and unbeknownst suitor, brought a youthful exuberance and sweetness to his role.”

– Graham Mitchell, Encore Michigan  

Les Contes d’Hoffman / Martina Arroyo Foundation

“Joseph Michael Brent had a pleasing instrument, although his enthusiastic presence and idiosyncratic costume seemed to recall a youthful version of the title character on Doctor Who. That said, he sang the big arias with sweet, compelling tone, hitting the right emotional notes in the Kleinzach song and the big duet with Antonia in Act II.”

Albert Herring / Bronx Opera

“The cover Albert, Joseph Michael Brent, sang Mayor Upfold with a penetrating sound and remarkably projected diction (the best of the entire cast).”

– David Shengold Opera News (Albert Herring NEW YORK CITY Bronx Opera 1/17/15)

The Magic Flute / Michigan Opera Theatre

” Tenor Michael Brent … demonstrated crisp comedic timing as Priests and Armored Men.”

– Opera News (The Magic Flute DETROIT Michigan Opera Theater 5/14/16)

Mefistofele / New York Collegiate Chorale

“Tenor Joseph Michael Brent handled supporting roles creditably.”

– David J Baker Opera News (Mefistofele NEW YORK CITY James Bagwell & American Symphony Orchestra, Collegiate Chorale | Carnegie Hall 11/6/13) 

The Tender Land / Michigan Opera Theatre

“Tenor Joseph Michael Brent’s Martin was a sober companion to Top, played significantly older than the soon­to­graduate Laurie. With only slight difficulty at the top of his substantial range Brent’s tone was always inviting and warm, although his delivery was sometimes too formal.”

– Jennifer Goltz-Tayolr Opera News (The Tender Land DETROIT Michigan Opera Theater 3/12/16)

Lucia di Lammermoor / New York Opera Exchange

“As Lucia’s ill-fated lover Edgardo, tenor Joseph Michael Brent sang well and exhibited all the requisite emotions except for one; we wanted to see some tenderness toward Lucia in their initial scene together to explain why she would have defied her family to pledge her love to him.  He did much better in the scene in which he returns from France to find Lucia married to Arturo and bristled with anger.”

– http://www.vocedimeche.reviews/2015/03/adam-fieldson-john-viscardi-sarah.html

“Tenor Joseph Michael Brent made me weep too, his sound is beautiful, round and tender but also agile and powerful. Brent is truly a romantic hero, with a handsome stage presence and an expressiveness to match. He also worked great in his duets with both Lucia (Ah! Verranno a te sull’aure) and Enrico (O sole più rapido a sorger t’appresta). In his arias in the finale, Brent was heart breaking, particularly in Fra poco a me ricovero, when Egardo still thinks that Lucia betrayed him. He may have rushed a touch too much in Tu che a Dio spiegasti l’ali, but otherwise proved himself as a swooningly excellent tenor.”

“Brent’s Tu che a Dio spiegasti l’ali might have come out a bit rushed, but I nevertheless felt that the tempo gave the ending an appropriate sense of urgency. It is certainly one way to take Edgardo’s final spellbinding suicide aria, though it may not the most contemplative interpretation. I found it emotionally raw and true to the character in the throes of his big exit from this world. Though I admit I have a weak spot for the plaintive repetition of “bell’alma innamorata” with which the opera ends. I found Brent very confident with his diction. His Italian was very good as was the sound of his voice, which is on the middle to higher end of the tenor spectrum but still remains very manly. He owned his every move in his delivery of this most moving of finales.”

– Both from https://allegriconfuoco.blogspot.com/2015/03/a-mad-bride-her-lover-and-evil-brother.html (Edgardo – Lucia 2015)

Don Giovanni / Maryland Lyric Opera

“Tenor Joseph Michael Brent (who also holds a doctoral degree) … made [his] appearance in the Don Giovanni excerpts.  Mr. Brent delivered Don Ottavio’s aria of adoration of Donna Anna with sonorous brilliance.  I though Mr. Brent was good when first I heard him a year ago.  He is now even better, a career worth following.  Kudos to him and to the MDLO team.”

http://operagene.com/…/mdlos-an-evening-of-mozart-how.

Thais / Maryland Lyric Opera

Also from operagene ” Tenor Joseph Michael Brent was very convincing as the epicurean Nicias.  Mr. Brent sang impressively in his role and seemed very natural on stage.” (Nicias – Thais – MDLO 2020)