Michael Brandenburg - Tenor

Michael Brandenburg, Tenor http://www.michael-brandenburg.com/

Tenor, Michael Brandenburg, is gaining recognition as one of the top young American tenors. He was the recipient of 2016 Grants from the Richard Tucker and Shoshana foundations; a winner of the 2015 George London Foundation Competition, Opera Index’s emerging artist award in their 2014 competition, and one of two Grand Finalists in the Bel Canto Competition in Chicago. In 2013 Brandenburg was a Grand finalist Winner in the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions.

The 2016-2017 season began with a run of successful performances with a role and company debut at the Wexford Festival singing Anatol in Barber’s Vanessa. He then goes to Chicago Lyric Opera to cover the role of Don José in Carmen, followed by Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, in his debut with Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He repeats this role in Summer 2017 with Opera North.

In the 2015-2016 season as a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist at Washington National Opera he sang performances of Don José in Carmen, and covered the role of Froh in Wagner’s Das Rheingold. He debuted in the role of B.F. Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly to great acclaim. He rounded off his season with an impressive debut as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Glimmerglass Festival.

The 2014-2015 season saw him covering the role of Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata at Des Moines Metro Opera, his professional debut as Die Steuermann in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer at Washington National Opera, and singing MacDuff in Verdi’s Macbeth at the Glimmerglass Festival.

Equally at home on the concert stage, Brandenburg has sung performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with regional symphonies.  As an alumnus of Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, he frequently sings recitals in conjunction with the Tucson Desert Song Festival, which includes a recent performance of Brahm’s Liebeslieder Waltzes.


A native of Austin, Indiana, Brandenburg began studying voice while pursuing an M.S. in Aquatic Biology at Ball State University.  He received a Jacobs Fellowship from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, where he received a Performance Diploma.

Opera Repertoire

Composer Opera Role
Bizet Carmen Don Jose
Gounod Romeo et Juliette Romeo*
Massenet Cendrillon Le Prince charmant
Massenet Werther Werther
Puccini La Boheme Rodolfo
Puccini Madama Butterfly Pinkerton
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Lenski*
Verdi La Traviata Alfredo
Verdi Macbeth Macduff
Wagner Der Fliegende Holländer Der Steuermann
Wagner Das Rheingold Froh*
*In preparation

Concert Repertoire

Composer Composition Role
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Handel Messiah
Verdi Verdi Requiem

Press Acclaim

Michael Brandenburg, a member of the Domingo-Cafritz program, was a fine, coltish Steersman.

Anne Midgette, Washington Post

“Of the 10 finalists in the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions…Michael Brandenburg, a 26-year-old tenor took a top prize, He made a strong impression with his impassioned renditions of his two selections, including Lenski’s aria from Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”

Vivien Schweitzer, NEW YORK TIMES

Michael Brandenburg (The Steersman) sings “Mit Gewitter und Sturm” in a beautiful tenor and gives the audience a common man to root for.

DC Metro Arts


Michael Brandenburg, Tenor, Outside This House, Vanessa, Wexford Festival 2016

Michael Brandenburg, Tenor, Ah, la paterna mano, Macbeth, Verdi, George London Competition

Michael Brandenburg, Tenor, Rave! Extase! Bonheur!, Werther, Massenet

Michael Brandenburg, Tenor, Ah! Lève-toi, Soleil, Roméo et Juliette, Gounod

Michael Brandenburg, Tenor, Vasseniye vodi (Spring Waters), Rachmaninov

Michael Brandenburg, Tenor, Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne, Rachmaninov

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