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 returned in 2017 to sing Triquet in Eugene Onegin.  He has sung leading roles in more than 70 productions for opera houses in the U.S., Europe and Canada, with numerous productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, L’Italiana in Algeri, Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte to his credit. Recent engagements include performances of Sir Phillip Wingrave/Narrator in Britten’s Owen Wingrave with Little Opera Theatre of New York, Tamino in The Magic Flute with El Paso Opera and Il padre in the New York premiere of Hasse’s Piramo e Tisbe  with LOTNY.