Grammy Award-winning artist John Brancy is known for his powerhouse Baritone and intense communicative depth. Hailed by the New York Times as “a vibrant, resonant presence,” Mr. Brancy is equally at home in staged opera, concert performance, and recital, with a wide-ranging repertoire that includes classical, contemporary world premieres, and musical theater.
This summer Brancy will make his debut at the Aix en Provence Festival 75th Anniversary in the world premiere of Picture A Day Like This by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp, this production will immediately travel to London where Brancy will make his Royal Opera House debut. Further into the future, John will return to Opéra de Montreal for a major role debut, and he makes debuts at the Pairs Opéra Comique, Opéra national du Rhin, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, and Teatro di San Carlo.
During the 22/23 season, Brancy made his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra as Jake Wallace in La Fanciulla del West, made his role debut as Escamillo in Carmen with MasterVoices at Jazz at Lincoln Center in a newly translated english version by Broadway legend Sheldon Harnick directed by Sammi Cannold; took on the role of Franz Wolff-Metternich in the world premiere of La Beauté du Monde, by playwright Michel Marc Bouchard and composer Julien Bilodeau, at Opéra de Montréal; and performed as a soloist with Theater Erfurt in conductor/composer Alexander Prior’s arrangement of Schubert’s Winterreise for orchestra. Brancy reprised HEROES for NYFOS in collaboration with Charles Yang and Peter and Kara Dugan and he also recently made his Café Carlyle debut with Peter, ushering in a new era of classical cabaret at the famous venue.
The previous 21/22 season, Brancy made his role debut as Guglielmo in two new productions of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte at San Francisco Opera and San Diego Opera to great critical acclaim. He performed Durufle Requiem and Joseph Cantaloube songs with the Milwaukee Symphony under the baton of Ken David-Masur, and debuted Mahler’s Songs of the Wayfarer with APEX Ensemble in Montclair, NJ. Brancy also released a self produced collaborative album with Avie Records and Vocal Arts DC, The Journey Home: Live from the Kennedy Center which presented Mr. Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan in a recital program inspired by the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Brancy also produced the recital as a film which aired on WNET and the new PBS app AllArts TV. Brancy collaborated with Tony Award–winning composer Adam Guettel to create a short film titled Medusa as part of his song cycle Myths and Hymns, produced by MasterVoices, which has also featured artists Dove Cameron, Renée Fleming, and Cheyenne Jackson.
Mr. Brancy has collaborated with conductors Lorenzo Viotti, Helmut Rilling, James Gaffigan, Henrik Nanasi, Ken David Masur, Lawrence Renes, Alexander Prior, Klaas Stok, and Alexander Briger. In repertoire that spans from Bach to George Benjamin, he has sung as a soloist in headlining performances with leading orchestras and opera companies around the world, including the LA Phil, San Francisco Symphony, Oper Frankfurt, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Boston Symphony, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Edmonton Symphony, Pacific Opera Victoria, Kansas City Symphony, Florida Grand Opera, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Vorarlberger Landestheater, and Opera Omaha, among others. His concert and solo recital appearances have taken him to the Royal Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Hugo Wolf Akademie, Alice Tully Hall, Société d’art vocal de Montréal, Carmel Bach Festival, and the Kennedy Center. A native of New Jersey, Mr. Brancy has a B.A. and Graduate Diploma in Vocal Performance from The Juilliard School in New York.