Opera News

“…a voice of fine lyric beauty
coupled with a strikingly
handsome stage persona.”

The New York Times

“…he phrases gracefully
and is a natural actor.”


“His is the kind of high clarion
voice, and his the sort of
intelligent musicianship, that
directors contemplating demanding
baroque-era works dream of finding.”

Highly regarded for his performances of the bel canto operatic repertoire, tenor Brian Downen made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the spring of 2016 as Lord Cecil in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux. He has sung leading roles in more than 70 productions for opera houses in the U.S., Europe and Canada. Recent highlights include performances of Damon in Handel’s Acis and Galatea with the Bhutan Opera Project (performing in the Kingdom of Bhutan for the 50th wedding anniversary of the king and queen), Crepusculo/Zeriffo in the American premiere of Cavalli’s Veremonda with Spoleto Festival USA and multiple performances of Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola.