John Brancy is an ascendant talent in the opera world, bringing his unbridled dynamism and mellifluous voice to prestigious venues across the globe. Hailed by the New York Times as “a vibrant, resonant presence,” Brancy wows audiences big and small, equally deft in large opera productions, symphonic concerts and intimate recitals. He is a fervent champion of new music, a skilled actor on the stage and screen, and an entrepreneur striving to develop new and exciting ways to reinvent Opera and classical music for the 21st century.
Brancy won notable, international awards in 2017, including Second Prize at the Wigmore Hall Song Competition in London and the Media Prize in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Moscow. Past victories include First Prize in the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition in 2015, First Prize in the Marilyn Horne Song Competition in 2013, the Grand Prize and Career Grant from the Sullivan Foundation in 2012 and 3rd prize in the Montreal International Music Competition in 2012.
Gerald Finley was recently quoted in Opera News saying, “I look at John Brancy, a young artist who’s got his teeth in it, who loves the challenge of art song.” In May 2017, Brancy and keyboard collaborator Peter Dugan released “A Silent Night: A WWI Memorial in Song,” a timely album of art songs by composers who lived through, fought during, and died in World War I. The duo premiered this official WWI Centennial Commission program on their first professional recital tour together, including appearances at the Kennedy Center, University of Chicago Presents, Carnegie Hall, the Joye in Aiken Festival in South Carolina, the NY Historical Society, and the Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa, Canada.
This 17/18 season, Brancy made his Austrian debut appearing as Albert in Stadttheater Klagenfurt’s new production of “Werther” under the baton of ascendant conductor Lorenzo Viotti. Brancy will also reprise the role of Malatesta in Landestheater Voralberg’s new production of “Don Pasquale” in Bregenz. Brancy will go on to sing Brahms’ Deutches Requiem at Saint Thomas Church in New York City on March 22nd 2018, and he and Dugan have been invited to make their Alice Tully Hall recital debut with the premiere of “Armistice: The Journey Home” for the Juilliard Alumni Recital Series on April 5th 2018. Additionally, Brancy will be a featured soloist at the 2018 Carmel Bach Festival in Carmel, California.
Brancy graced many stages during the 2016-2017 season. He made important debuts with prestigious companies such as Florida Grand Opera (the title role in “Eugene Onegin”), Clarion Music Society (Papageno in “Die Zauberflöte”), Opera Omaha (the Steward in Jonathan Dove's "Flight”), and Opera National de Lorraine (Harlekin in “Ariadne auf Naxos”). In recital, he returned to Carnegie Hall as part of the Evening of Song Series, and his concert engagements included performances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Kansas City Symphony, Tucson Symphony, St. John’s College Concert Series, Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Artist Series of Sarasota, and Opera America’s 2016 Emerging Artist Recital Series in conjunction with the Jensen Foundation.
Previous highlights include debuts with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera Tour (Malatesta in “Don Pasquale”), Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (Harlekin in “Ariadne auf Naxos”), Pacific Opera Victoria (Demetrius in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”), and Oper Frankfurt (Dancaire/Morales in “Carmen”). Brancy has also been engaged by Dresden Semperoper, Edmonton Opera, Paris’ Theatre du Chatelet, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Opera Saratoga, and Opera San Antonio in works ranging from Tobias Picker’s “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” (title role) to “La Cenerentola” (Dandini) to John Adams’ “I was looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky.” Additional Concert appearances include Musica Sacra in Handel’s “Messiah” at Carnegie Hall; the New York Festival of Song with pianist Steven Blier; the Kennedy Center with Vocal Arts DC; the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago; and Société d’art vocal de Montréal with pianist Peter Dugan. Symphony credits include the San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Regina Symphony, and Saskatoon Symphony.
Brancy holds a bachelor's degree and graduate diploma from the Juilliard School in New York City and studied under the tutelage of professor Edith Wiens.