Brian Frutiger American tenor

Brian Frutiger American tenor

Brian Frutiger known for bringing multi-layered characterizations and physical skill of a classically trained actor to his interpretations, character tenor Brian Frutiger is much in demand as a singing actor, having appeared in over 100 roles in opera, operetta, music theater and theater.

Brian Frutiger American tenor

In the 2008-2009 season, Brian Frutiger made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Poisson in Adriana Lecouvreur. Since then, Brian has returned to The MET every season to appear in a variety of roles including Benvolio in Romeo et Juliette, several roles as a part of the Ensemble of William Kentridge’s critically acclaimed production of Shostakovich’s The Nose, Boyar in Attendance in Boris Godunov, one of the servants in Capriccio, and stepped in for an indisposed colleague as Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos. This past season Brian returned to The MET to reprise his roles in THE NOSE.

Opera – houses across USA

In addition to his roles at The MET, Mr. Frutiger has sung many of the great character and spieltenor roles at opera houses across the United States. Highlights include El Remendado (Carmen) at San Francisco Opera; Goro (Madama Butterfly) at Sarasota Opera, Opera Memphis and Opera Coeur d’Alene; Tanzmeister (Ariadne auf Naxos) at Sarasota Opera; Bardolfo (Falstaff) at Opera Omaha; Pang (Turandot) at Connecticut Opera and Sacramento Opera; and both Don Basilio and Don Curzio (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Wichita Grand Opera.

Brian regularly returns to the professional theater where he has appeared as Robert Steele and Mr. Oscar in the critically acclaimed west coast premiere of Ahrens and Flaherty’s Dessa Rose at TheatreWorks, Mitch Mahoney in Theater Latté Da’s acclaimed production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Metellus Cimber (Julius Caesar) with Shakespeare’s Motley Crew in Chicago, Jamie (My Fair Lady) and Anselmo (Man of La Mancha) with Music Theatre of Wichita, and the ensemble of The Student Prince with Paper Mill Playhouse.

Consert – stage

Equally at home on the concert stage Mr. Frutiger has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony as Le Troisième Messager in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, and Der Jüngling in Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher.

Brian has also appeared as Tenor Soloist with Fresno Philharmonic (Coronation Mass in C Major), St. Olaf College (Elijah), Wichita Choral Society (Messiah), San Francisco’s Old First Concerts (Brahms’Ziguenerlieder), Normandale Lutheran (St. John Passion) and the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis (Magnificat). In addition, Brian has sung many of Bach’s liturgical cantatas.

A native Kansan, Mr. Frutiger has won several awards including a Kansas Cultural Trust Enabling Grant, 2nd Place at the Heinz Rehfuss Singing Actor Awards (sponsored by Orlando Opera), the Mann Fellowship, and he has competed at the Regional Level of the Metropolitan National Council auditions.

Mr. Frutiger has pursued doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota and holds degrees in music from Wichita State University and theater from Drake University. This past year Mr. Frutiger was invited to return to Wichita State University as a Distinguished Alumni speaker.

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:352856 
Adriana Lecouvreur {67}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/06/2009
Debut: Brian Frutiger
Broadcast/Streamed
Review
[Met Performance] CID:352863
Adriana Lecouvreur {68}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/10/2009
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352869
Adriana Lecouvreur {69}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/13/2009
[Met Performance] CID:352879
Adriana Lecouvreur {70}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/17/2009
[Met Performance] CID:352889 
Adriana Lecouvreur {71}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/21/2009
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352895
Adriana Lecouvreur {72}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/25/2009
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:352907
Adriana Lecouvreur {73}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/28/2009
[Met Performance] CID:353395 
Metropolitan Opera Premiere
The Nose {1}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/05/2010
Debuts: Paulo Szot, William Kentridge, Sabine Theunissen, Greta Goiris, Urs Schönebaum, Luc De Wit, Catherine Meyburgh, Andrey Popov, Gordon Gietz, Sergei Skorokhodov, Brian Kontes, Grigory Soloviov, Jeffrey Behrens, Vassily Gorshkov
Broadcast/Streamed
Review
[Met Performance] CID:353413
The Nose {2}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/11/2010
[Met Performance] CID:353416
The Nose {3}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/13/2010
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353428
The Nose {4}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/18/2010
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353441
The Nose {5}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/23/2010
[Met Performance] CID:353445
The Nose {6}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/25/2010
Debut: Pavel Smelkov
[Met Performance] CID:353590 
New Production
Boris Godunov {265}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/11/2010
Debuts: Mikhail Svetlov, Andrew Oakden, Ferdinand Wõgerbauer, Moidele Bickel, Apostolia Tsolaki
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:353596
Boris Godunov {266}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/15/2010
[Met Performance] CID:353601
Boris Godunov {267}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/18/2010
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353671 
Boris Godunov {268}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/23/2010
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:353602
Boris Godunov {269}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/25/2010
[Met Performance] CID:353608
Boris Godunov {270}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/30/2010
[Met Performance] CID:353849 
Roméo et Juliette {323}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/03/2011
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353859
Roméo et Juliette {324}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/07/2011
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353863
Boris Godunov {271}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/09/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353866
Roméo et Juliette {325}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/10/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353882
Boris Godunov {272}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/12/2011
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353877
Roméo et Juliette {326}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/14/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353883
Boris Godunov {273}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/17/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353887
Roméo et Juliette {327}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/19/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353893
Roméo et Juliette {328}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/22/2011
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353900
Roméo et Juliette {329}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/26/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353904 
Capriccio {7}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/28/2011
Debuts: Morten Frank Larsen, Steven Goldstein, Grant Youngblood, David Chan (Stage Debut)
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:353913
Capriccio {8}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/01/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353925
Capriccio {9}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/07/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353933
Capriccio {10}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/11/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353940
Capriccio {11}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/15/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353949
Capriccio {12}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/19/2011
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353957 
Capriccio {13}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/23/2011
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:353994
Ariadne auf Naxos {90}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/10/2011
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:355027 
The Nose {7}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/28/2013
Debuts: Ying Fang, Matt Boehler, Joseph Barron, Kevin Glavin, Christopher Job
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:355040
The Nose {8}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/03/2013
[Met Performance] CID:355051
The Nose {9}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/08/2013
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:355058
The Nose {10}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/12/2013
[Met Performance] CID:355072
The Nose {11}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/17/2013
[Met Performance] CID:355102
The Nose {12}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/22/2013
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:355078 
The Nose {13}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/26/2013
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:356690
New production
Der Rosenkavalier {385}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/13/2017
Debuts: Markus Brück, Helene Schneiderman, Scott Conner, Billy Conahan, Patrick Stoffer, Sidney Fortner, Tom Watson, Scott Conner, Edward Hanlon, Marco Jordão
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:356694
Der Rosenkavalier {386}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/17/2017
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:356699
Der Rosenkavalier {387}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/21/2017
Debut: Timothy Harvey
[Met Performance] CID:356703
Der Rosenkavalier {388}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/24/2017
Debut: Inna Yesilievskaya
[Met Performance] CID:356706
Der Rosenkavalier {389}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/28/2017
[Met Performance] CID:356710
Der Rosenkavalier {390}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/01/2017
[Met Performance] CID:356714
Der Rosenkavalier {391}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/05/2017
[Met Performance] CID:356720
Der Rosenkavalier {392}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/09/2017
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:356724 
Der Rosenkavalier {393}
Metropolitan Opera House; 05/13/2017
HD Simulcast

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