Noted by Opera News for his “dark bass and strong dramatic energy”, the seasoned bass, Brian Kontes, returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the 2016-17 season for assignments in Manon Lescaut, Salome and Der Rosenkavalier. This will be Mr. Kontes’s 7th season with the company. Previous seasons have included roles in Die Meistersinger(HD Broadcast) and Tannhauser under the baton of Maestro James Levine, Die Zauberflote, War and Peace, Madama Butterfly, La Gioconda, La fanciulla del West, and Shastokovich’s The Nose(HD Broadcast), conducted by Maestro Valery Gergiev.
Recent engagements have included the role of "Happy" in La fanciulla del West with Opera Omaha and Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Intermountain Opera. Mr. Kontes also made his international debut with Opera National de Lorraine as Banquo in Verdi’s Macbeth. Additionally, recent engagements have included the roles of Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte and Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia at
Ash Lawn Opera, Verdi Requiem with The New Choral Society of New York, and the role of Colline in La bohème at Opera Hong Kong. Brian Kontes has been heard with the Opera Orchestra of New York in Carnegie Hall as Remigio in La Navarraise as well as Alessio in Bellini’s La Sonnambula. He also sang the role of Alexis in Anthony and Cleopatra, and Il Commedatore in Don Giovanni with the former New York City Opera.
Within concert repertoire, Mr. Kontes was recently heard as the bass soloist for Mozart Requiem with the Westmoreland Symphony in Pennsylvania. He has also been heard as guest soloist with the Charlotte Symphony for a concert version of Fidelio under the baton of Maestro Christof Perick and with the Greeley Philharmonic for Beethoven’s Mass in C and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. In past seasons he has appeared with the New York Choral Society in Carnegie Hall as the bass soloist for Rossini’s Stabat Mater. He has sung numerous additional Carnegie Hall concerts as the bass soloist in the Faure Requiem, BachMagnificat, Haydn’s Paukenmesse with Mid America Productions.
Career Highlights have included debuts at Seattle Opera as Leporello in Don Giovanni, The Bonze and Yamadori in Nashville Opera’s Madama Butterfly, Colline in Piedmont Opera Theatre’s La bohème, the role of Palemon in Thäis for the Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Dr. Grenvil in La traviata for Opera Colorado, and Palemon in Thäis for Kentucky Opera. He has also sung on several occasions under the baton of Maestro Glen Cortese for New Year’s Eve concerts at St. John the Divine in New York City as well as in concert with the Oregon Mozart Players, in Eugene, OR. Mr. Kontes made his professional debut in 1998 as Elder McLean in Carlyle Floyd’s Susannah at the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh under the baton of Mº John Baril.
Brian Kontes was a first place winner of the George London Foundation Competition and a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music.