Hailed by KUSC Los Angeles as the “next great tenor”, Brian Cheney, protégé of legendary tenor Jerry Hadley, has gained international acclaim for his portrayal of characters such as Don José in Carmen, Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca, Rodolfo in La bohème, the Duke in Rigoletto, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Canio in I Pagliacci.
“It is tenor Brian Cheney as the brave painter Cavaradossi who really blew me away. Cheney has that terrific tenor sound: the power, richness, and vocal color of a high baritone combined with ringing, awe-inspiring high notes” (Stage and Cinema.)
Of his performance as Don José in Carmen, critics hailed:
“Tenor Brian Cheney’s portrayal of Don José was the most effective dramatic and vocal realization of character in the production…this excellent singer revealed a voice of amazing power and great beauty. Cheney’s booming tenor voice and effective dramatic realization of the passionate Don José soon made him the audience’s favorite character.” (Classical Voice of North Carolina)
The 2018-2019 season will showcase Mr. Cheney’s seamless versatility beginning with his creating the role of Victor Frankenstein in three sold out performances of Gregg Kallor’s World Premiere of Frankenstein in NYC. Other highlights include his debut with the National Philharmonic as tenor soloist in a concert celebrating the music of Leonard Bernstein, Verdi’s Requiem with Southern Illinois Symphony, and Salute to Vienna Concerts in Chicago, Boston and Hartford produced by Attila Glatz Productions. He will also perform Canio in I Pagliacci and the tenor soloist in Pulcinella with Opera Orlando, and Antonin Scalia in Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburg with Opera Delaware.
Following Mr. Cheney’s debut at Carnegie Hall in 2007, he has performed concert works and oratorios throughout the country. The Daily Gazette in Albany, NY had this to say about his recent performance of Handel’s Messiah:
“Tenor Brian Cheney was a revelation. Cheney’s voice was like spun gold. He seemed to dwell on his notes, basking in their loveliness. Each phrase was sculpted, each word was cleanly enunciated. Not just a gorgeous voice, Cheney showed imagination as he altered his colors or use of vibrato.”
Mr. Cheney has performed numerous times as a soloist at Carnegie Hall including a recent performance of a world premiere and US premiere of Hungarian music with the American Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Leon Botstein. Mr. Cheney also made his Lincoln Center debut as tenor soloist for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 at Avery Fisher Hall appearing with acclaimed soprano, Jessye Norman. Most recently, he gave a world premiere performance of a song cycle for Tenor and Orchestra, Daniel Steven Crafts’ From a Distant Mesa with the New Mexico Philharmonic. He was praised for his “tone,” “expression,” and “lustrous radiance that illuminated the text at every point.”
Mr. Cheney is also an accomplished recitalist performing recitals and concerts internationally, with performances in cities from Montreal, Vienna, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia to his New York City recital debut at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. The New York Sun hailed Mr. Cheney’s Weill Hall performance by saying:
“Cheney exhibited such control, expressiveness and pure vocal beauty that he certainly had the full house at Weill Recital Hall in the palm of his hand all evening.”
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“Cheney exhibits a robust, ringing tenor with a sure sense of style, firm tone and excellent diction.” OPERA NEWS