American tenor Brian Joyce, recognized for his distinctive characterizations, has performed with opera companies in Europe and the United States. After the Austin Lyric Opera production of Michael Nyman’s chamber opera, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, the Austin Chronicle complimented the “subtle gestures and expressions that revealed the depths of (the character’s) feelings”. The Metro Pulse’s review of Knoxville Opera’s La Fanciulla del West proclaimed him “a real standout here, both vocally and dramatically, in the role of Nick the bartender.”
Recently, he has appeared in a wide variety of roles. Performances have included The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat with Indianapolis Opera, Pagliacci and Madama Butterfly with New Rochelle Opera, Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Regina Opera, Don Quichotte with Empire Opera, and Die Fledermaus with Knoxville Opera. A frequent performer with Austin Lyric Opera, he has sung roles in La Traviata, Rigoletto, Turandot, L’Étoile, Die Fledermaus, and the American premiere of Philip Glass’ Waiting for the Barbarians.
His other American engagements have included La Bohème with the Dallas Opera, Salome with Opera Cleveland, and Die Zauberflöte with Opera in the Heights, as well as concert appearances with Key West Symphony and the Austin Classical Guitar Society. His previous European engagements include numerous performances in Oldenburg at the Oldenburgishes Staattheater (Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Erendira), and in Düsseldorf at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Norma, L’Orfeo, L’Amour des Trois Oranges, La Traviata).
Mr. Joyce received his Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas and his Master of Music from Stephen F. Austin State University. His studies also include some doctoral work at the University of Texas. He was the resident artist and teacher at the SolFest Opera Seminar, sponsored by the Key West Symphony.