Brendan Sliger, tenor, has been hailed by the Washington Post-Express as having a “hefty, operatic voice that is impressive enough,” and by the Cumberland Times-News saying that he “played with real energy and enthusiasm that is so convincing,” and “carries the role.”
In 2016, Brendan made a series of German debuts. Starting with Berlin, Brendan sang title role in an adventurous on-site Les contes d’Hoffmann at the ehemaliges Stummfilmkino Delphi (former silent film cinema Delphi) with Opera on Tap Berlin. This was followed by his Cologne debut, returning to Wagner’s Ring in a new production of Der Ring für Kinder with Kammeroper Köln, a role he returns to this season.
In 2015, Brendan sang Jean Valjean in Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia’s production of Les Miserables set to break the world record for the largest orchestra to accompany a Musical. He then returned to Frostburg State University to sing Mozart’s Requiem conducted by his childhood voice teacher, Karen Soderberg-Sarnaker. He was featured in concert with Saint Petersburg Opera, singing the love duets from Carmen, Die Walküre, and Ariadne auf Naxos followed by a return to the role of Bacchus in Pacific Opera Project’s Ariadne auf Naxos in Los Angeles.
In 2014, Brendan made his European debut as Siegmund and Siegfried in Oper Leipzig’s production of Der Ring für Kinder, a co-production with the Bayreuth Festival, in a condensed version of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. He then became a member of the American Wagner Project, a program formed to develop the American voices with a propensity for German romantic opera. Recently a member of the IVC’s Wagner Academy in the Netherlands, Brendan Sliger performed in Amsterdam and at the Theatre aan de Parade in s’Hertogenbosch and participated in masterclasses with famed heldentenor Siegfried Jerusalem. Brendan made his international debut in Seoul, South Korea singing at Ewha Womans University. Brendan has performed with opera organizations and orchestras across the United States and abroad. Brendan has been an apprentice artist with Sarasota Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera and participated in Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices.
A native of Maryland and the active performer throughout the Greater DC Metropolitain area, he has been seen with Chesapeake Chamber Opera, The In Series in DC, the Bethesda Summer Music Festival, University of Maryland’s Opera Studio, Maryland Opera Society, Summer Opera Theatre Company, Repertory Opera Theatre of Washington, Singers’ Theatre of Washington and Maryland Theatre Arts Company.
Also active in concert, he has soloed in Handel’s masterpiece The Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, Haydn’s Creation, and Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht appearing with such organizations as the Friday Morning Music Club of Washington, DC; the City Choir of Washington, The Living Arts Concert Series, and the Cumberland Choral Society.