Praised by The Wall Street Journal for his « ardent, heroic tenor and strong acting, » Brandon Jovanovich is sought after by the world’s finest opera companies for his passionate stage portrayals of leading roles in French, Italian, German, and Slavic opera.
In the 2018-2019 season, Brandon Jovanovich sings the roles of Enée in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Les Troyens, Florestan in Fidelio, and the Prince in Rusalka at the Wiener Staatsoper. He will also sing Dick Johnson in Andreas Dresen’s new production of La Fanciulla del West at the Bayerische Staatsoper, and will make his role debut in the title role of Parsifal at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He concludes the season as the Prince in Rusalka at San Francisco Opera.
In the previous season, Brandon Jovanovich sang the title role of Lohengrin at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Siegmund in David Pountney’s new production of Die Walküre at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Don José in Carmen at Los Angeles Opera. He made his role debut as Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West at the Opernhaus Zürich, Sergei in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for his Covent Garden debut, and both Froh and Siegmund in The Ring Cycle with San Francisco Opera. Jovanovich also sang the role of Hermann in Pique Dame at the Salzburger Festspiele under the baton of Mariss Jansons.
Highlights of Mr. Jovanovich’s recent seasons include his house debut at the Wiener Staatsoper, as Don José in Carmen, followed by Sergei in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, along with his Salzburg Festival debut in a new production of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk directed by Andreas Kriegenburg and conducted by Mo. Jansons. He returned to the Metropolitan Opera as the Prince in a new production of Rusalka, and to Lyric Opera of Chicago as Énée in Les Troyens. Role debuts include Tambourmajor in Wozzeck at Opernhaus Zürich conducted by Fabio Luisi (released on DVD) and Walther in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg at San Francisco Opera under the baton of Sir Mark Elder, plus a much-anticipated house debut with the Opéra National de Paris in the same role under the baton of Philippe Jordan; des Grieux in Manon Lescaut at Bayerische Staatsoper; the Prince in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Rusalka at Lyric Opera of Chicago; Don José in Carmen at Los Angeles Opera conducted by Plácido Domingo; The Dallas Opera, Opernhaus Zürich, and in new productions at Houston Grand Opera and Opera Australia; the title role of Lohengrin at San Francisco Opera; Florestan in a new production of Fidelio by Andreas Homoki at Opernhaus Zürich, conducted by Fabio Luisi, and at the Verbier Festival under the baton of Marc Minkowski; Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at Los Angeles Opera; des Grieux in Manon Lescaut at La Monnaie in Brussels; and Sergei in a new production of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk with Opernhaus Zürich.
Other career highlights include Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Teatro alla Scala; Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Boston Lyric Opera; Don José in Carmen with Deutsche Oper Berlin, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Bayerische Staatsoper, and the Metropolitan Opera; the title role in Don Carlos with Houston Grand Opera; the title role in Peter Grimes at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples; and Cavaradossi in Tosca with the Canadian Opera Company, Oper Köln, Seattle Opera, l’Opéra National de Bordeaux, de Vlaamse Opera, and the Bregenz Festival, which was featured in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. Mr. Jovanovich’s Pinkerton has been seen at Santa Fe Opera, The Dallas Opera, New York City Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and San Francisco Opera, where it was broadcast in high-definition in movie theatres across the United States.
A native of Billings, MT, Brandon Jovanovich received his training at Northern Arizona University and Manhattan School of Music. He was the recipient of the 2007 Richard Tucker Award and 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 and was a member of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice program, where he was given the Anna Case Mackay award 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.