Bass Brian Kontes

ROLES PREPARED AND/OR PERFORMED
1st Nazarine – Salome
Alcindoro – La bohème
Angelotti – Tosca
Banquo – Macbeth
Bartolo – Le nozze di Figaro
Benoit – La bohème
Bonze – Madama Butterfly
Bottom – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Colline – La bohème
Commendatore – Don Giovanni
Count Rodolfo – La sonnambula
Doctor – Vanessa
Don Basilio – Il barbiere di Siviglia
Don Fernando – Fidelio
Dr. Grenvil – La traviata
Elder McLean – Susannah
Ferrando – Il trovatore
Foltz – Die Meistersinger
Happy – La fanciulla del West
Hogboy – Brokeback Mountain
Hunding – Die Walküre
Jake Wallace – La fanciulla del West
Leporello – Don Giovanni
Lt. Ratcliff – Billy Budd
Palemon – Thaïs
Polyphemus – Acis and Galatea
Raimondo – Lucia di Lammermoor
Reinmar – Tannhäuser
Rocco – Fidelio
Sacristan – Tosca
Sarastro – Die Zauberflöte
Snug – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Spectre – Hamlet
Sprecher – Die Zauberflöte
Timur – Turandot
Vodnik – Rusalka
Zuniga – Carmen

Praised by Opera News for his “dark bass and strong dramatic energy,” Brian Kontes began the 2023-2024 season at Pittsburgh Opera, where he sang the role of Don Basilio in their production of Il barbiere di Siviglia. He also returned to The Metropolitan Opera to cover the Bonze in Madame Butterfly for the entire season. Current and upcoming season highlights will include a return to Pittsburgh Opera to sing the Sacristan in their production of Tosca.

During the 2022-2023 season, Mr. Kontes was engaged by The Metropolitan Opera for their productions of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Die Zauberflöte. That season, he was also a featured soloist with the Valdosta Symphony for their performance of Braham’s Requiem and sang the role of The Commendatore in Don Giovanni at Pittsburgh Opera. Another notable season debut was with the Pittsburgh Symphony for their concert of Bruckner’s Te Deum. Mr. Kontes also returned to The Metropolitan Opera for their production of Manon Lescaut

In recent years, Mr. Kontes has received high praises for his singing and acting by audiences and reviewers alike. Those seasons included his debut at Central City Opera as Lt. Ratcliffe in Billy Budd and The Bonze in Madama Butterfly, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at Sarasota Opera, The Bonze in Madama Butterfly at Pittsburgh Opera, M. Javilenot in Dialogues des Carmelites at The Metropolitan Opera and Le Spectre in Hamlet for Washington Concert Opera

Career highlights for Kontes at The Metropolitan Opera have included HD productions of Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg under the baton of Maestro James Levine, Der Rosenkavalier under the baton of Maestro Sebastian Wiegle, and The Nose led by Maestro Valery Gergiev. 

Other notable career highlights have included performing the roles of Timur in Turandot at San Diego Opera, Hogboy in Brokeback Mountain at New York City Opera, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro at Pittsburgh Opera, Leporello in Don Giovanni at Seattle Opera, Banquo in Macbeth at Opera National de Lorraine, Palemon in Thaïs at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Kentucky Opera, The Commendatore in Don Giovanni at New York City Opera, Colline in La bohème with Opera Hong Kong, Happy in La Fanciulla del West at Opera Omaha, Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata at Opera Colorado, Zuniga in Carmen at New Orleans Opera, The Bonze in Madame Butterfly for Nashville Opera and Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte with Ash Lawn Opera. He has also sung many operas in concert with the Opera Orchestra of New York

Concert highlights for Mr. Kontes include Mozartʼs Requiem, Haydnʼs Paukenmesse, Faureʼs Requiem, Mozartʼs Coronation Mass, Beethovenʼs 9th Symphony, Bachʼs Magnificat and Rossiniʼs Stabat Mater with various orchestras and conductors in Carnegie Hall. He has also been a guest soloist with the Charlotte Symphony on numerous occasions, including Beethovenʼs Mass in C, under the baton of Maestro Cristof Perick. Recently, he has been a soloist with Boston Baroque as Don Fernando in Beethoven’s Fidelio, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park for their concert of Dvorakʼs Stabat Mater and was also a guest soloist with The New Choral Society of New York for performances of the Verdi Requiem.

Mr. Kontes was a first place winner of the George London Competition and is a graduate of Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, PA.