Brian Mulligan was born to Irish parents in New York. His family is originally from County Leitram, and he proudly holds a dual citizenship. He has studied at Yale University and Julliard School for the Arts and is a premier American operatic baritone. Mulligan is under the voice tutelage of his mentor, Steve Smith.
According to his recollections, Mulligan cultivated his love of acting while performing in school plays. It was not until he was an older teenager that he started to sing. He played leading roles in musicals such as “Fiddlers on the Roof” and “West Side Story” while in senior high school. While he was in school, he was encouraged to take vocal training and was mentored by Todd Geer. Geer had connections with the local opera house as well as the San Francisco Opera and was able to open doors for Mulligan’s training and future career.
He began his formal education as a music student at Yale University. Mulligan learned the challenges that come with operatic singing. He was involved in several Yale performances and met his future manager while in school. His heart was in his music, and he was finding his niche and a following.
Later, Mulligan attended Julliard School of the Arts as a music major. He blossomed as a baritone voice under the guidance of many famous music professors. He continued to work with Steve Smith as his primary coach. He was the lead character of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” for the Julliard Opera Center in 1998. In 2003, Mulligan debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in Die Frau Ohne Schatten.
Brian Mulligan has since sung in most of the world’s famous opera houses, including the Oper Frankfurt, the Canadian Opera Company, the Opernhaus Zurich, the Huston Grand Opera, and the San Francisco Opera. He was hailed by music critics for his portrayal of Richard Nixon with the San Francisco Opera and staring in the Candian Opera Company’s performance of Lucia di Lammermoor.
This talented baritone has been accompanied by the Baltimore Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony to name a few. Mulligan’s performance in Mahler’s 8th Symphony was recorded and released three years ago on DVD.
His schedule continues to be full of performances across America and Europe. Fans love his rich, baritone voice and his heartfelt portrayals of many different opera characters. He will continue to be enjoyed as a national treasure for both the United States and Ireland.