briannew: About Brian

Noted by Opera News for his “dark bass and strong dramatic energy”, the seasoned bass, Brian Kontes is a frequent artist at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City as well as opera companies throughout the United States and Europe. He has worked under the baton of many great conductors, including Maestro James Levine and Maestro Valery Gergiev.

Mr. Kontes is also known for his musicianship and expressive interpretation of oratorio and concert repertoire. He has sung with symphonies throughout the United States and has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall in New York City on numerous occasions throughout his career.

In opera, career highlights have included Hans Foltz in Die Meistersinger at the Metropolitan Opera, Leporello in Don Giovanni at Seattle Opera, Colline in La Boheme at Opera Hong Kong, Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Sivigilia at Ash Lawn Opera, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni at New York City Opera, Palemon in Thais at the Opera Theater of Saint Louis, and Banquo in Macbeth at the Opera National de Lorraine, France.

About Brian Kontes was a first place winner of the George London Foundation Competition and is also a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.