Brian Cheney is emerging as one of opera’s most versatile, and exciting tenors. The protege of legendary tenor, Jerry Hadley, Brian is quickly gaining national acclaim for his portrayal of characters such as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Rodolfo in La Boheme, the Duke in Rigoletto, Candide in Candide and Don Jose in Carmen . “Tenor Brian Cheney’s portrayal of Don Jose 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 Jose soon made him the audience’s favorite character.” Classical Voice of North Carolina
Following Brian’s debut at Carnegie Hall in 2007, he has been performing concert works and oratorio throughout the country. The Daily Gazette in Albany, NY had this to say about his recent performance of the 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.” He has performed numerous times as a soloist at Carnegie Hall with his most recent performance in 2013 performing a world premiere and US premiere of Hungarian music with the American Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Leon Botstein. In 2011, Brian 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. He will be featured as tenor soloist in the popular televised New Year’s concert Salute to Vienna at Lincoln Center on January 1 2014.
Visit his website, BrianCheneyTenor, to watch the captivating six part documentary chronicling Brian’s journey as a singer from the early stages of his career to the release of this exciting debut album.