Praised by The Wall Street Journal for his “ardent, heroic tenor and strong acting,” Brandon Jovanovich is sought after by the world’s finest opera companies for his passionate stage portrayals of leading roles in French, Italian, German, and Slavic opera. He has appeared on the stages of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Opéra National de Paris, Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Opernhaus Zürich, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera Company, Houston Grand Opera and Glyndebourne Festival. In the 2019/20 season, Jovanovich will make two significant role and house debuts: Samson in Samson et Dalila at the Staatsoper Berlin and Canio in Pagliacci at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam. He will also return to the Bayerische Staatsoper as Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West, sing the title role in Siegfried with the Wiener Symphoniker at the Bregenz Festival, and appear at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Pique Dame, Madama Butterfly and Der Ring des Nibelungen.
In the 2018/19 season, Jovanovich appeared at the Wiener Staatsoper as Enée in Les Troyens, the Prince in Rusalka and Florestan in Fidelio. He also returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for his debut in the title role of Parsifal, to the Opéra National de Paris as Enée, to the Bayerische Staatsoper as Dick Johnson, and to the San Francisco Opera as the Prince. The tenor will close out the season with his debut as Der Kaiser in a concert version of Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.
In the 2017/18 season, Jovanovich made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Sergei in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk as well as his debut in the role of Dick Johnson at the Opernhaus Zürich. He also returned to the Deutscher Oper Berlin as the title role in Lohengrin, appeared at the Los Angeles Opera as Don José in Carmen and sang Siegmund in Die Walküre at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera. The tenor ended the season at the Salzburg Festival, singing his first Hermann in Pique Dame. In the 2016/17 season, Jovanovich made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Don José, later returning to Vienna as Sergei. He also returned to the Metropolitan Opera as the Prince in Rusalka, to the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Enée and Don José, to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Siegmund, and to Opernhaus Zürich as Lohengrin. On the concert platform, Jovanovich made his debut with the Hallé Orchestra, singing Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder under Sir Mark Elder.
Highlights from Jovanovich’s 2015/16 season included two role debuts: Tambourmajor in Wozzeck at Opernhaus Zürich and Walther in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg at San Francisco Opera under the baton of Sir Mark Elder. The tenor also made his much-anticipated house debut with Opéra National de Paris as Walther under the baton of Philippe Jordan. Jovanovich returned to the Bayerische Staatsoper as des Grieux in Manon Lescaut under the baton of Asher Fisch, and as Don José under the baton of Dan Ettinger. He concluded the season with his company debut at Opera Australia as Don José in a new production of Carmen.
Jovanovich opened the 2014/15 season at the San Francisco Opera as Sam in Michael Cavanagh’s new production of Floyd’s Susannah, followed by his return to the Metropolitan Opera as Sergei in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk under the baton of James Conlon. Other operatic highlights of the season included Walter in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Weinberg’s The Passenger and a reprise of his acclaimed Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio at Opernhaus Zürich under the baton of Fabio Luisi. Orchestral engagements included Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, both under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, and his Vienna debut performing Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass with the Czech Philarmonic Orchestra. Concert performances included Fidelio with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, as well as his New York Philharmonic debut in Verdi’s Requiem under the baton of Alan Gilbert.
Highlights from Jovanovich’s recent seasons include the Prince in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Rusalka at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, opposite Ana María Martínez; Don José at the Los Angeles Opera conducted by Plácido Domingo, the Dallas Opera conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, Opernhaus Zürich conducted by Vasily Petrenko, and in a new production at the Houston Grand Opera; the title role in Lohengrin at the San Francisco Opera conducted by Nicola Luisotti; Florestan in Andreas Homoki’s new production of Fidelio at Opernhaus Zürich, conducted by Fabio Luisi, and at the Verbier Festival under the baton of Marc Minkowski; Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at the Los Angeles Opera; des Grieux at La Monnaie; and Sergei in a new production of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at Opernhaus Zürich.
Recent concert work includes appearances with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln under the baton of Markus Stenz, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Millennium Park series, and the title role in a concert production of Lohengrin at Festival International de Lanaudière conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. In 2011, Jovanovich made role debuts in Francesca Zambello’s highly acclaimed production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen as Froh (Rheingold) and Siegmund (Die Walküre) with the San Francisco Opera, under the baton of Donald Runnicles, and his U.K. debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as Don José in David McVicar’s production of Carmen, conducted by Stéphane Denève. He later returned to Glyndebourne to sing the Prince in Rusalka, which was released as a live recording on Glyndebourne’s independent label.
Other career highlights include Les Contes d’Hoffmann at La Scala; Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Boston Lyric Opera; Don José at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Bayerische Staatsoper and Metropolitan Opera; the title role in Don Carlos with the Houston Grand Opera; the title role in Peter Grimes at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples; and Cavaradossi in Tosca with the Canadian Opera Company, Oper Köln, Seattle Opera, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Vlaamse Opera in Belgium, and at the Bregenz Festival (which was featured in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace). Jovanovich’s Pinkerton has been seen at the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Dallas Opera, Los Angeles Opera and San Francisco Opera, where it was broadcast in high-definition in movie theatres across the United States.
A native of Billings, Montana, Brandon Jovanovich received his training at Northern Arizona University and at Manhattan School of Music. He was the recipient of the 2007 Richard Tucker Award and was twice a New York City district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He was also a founding member of the Seattle Young Artists program in 1998 and was a member of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice program in 1996/97, where he received the Anna Mackay Case Award. Jovanovich won the Crawley Award from the Young Patronesses of the Opera/Florida Grand Opera Voice Competition, and in 2004 he was granted the prestigious ARIA Award.