Brenden Patrick Gunnell
American born Heroic tenor Brenden Patrick Gunnell made his debut as Hüon de Bordeaux in a new production of Weber’s Oberon at the Opera Festival of the Munich State Opera in June, 2017, a role he also sang for the Cologne Opera. For the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma he enjoyed a recent success as the Painter and Negro in William Kentridge’s production of Berg’s Lulu. At the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari he was Erik in The Flying Dutchman. Most recently he debuted the title role in Sally Beamish’s The Judas Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in London, and also with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco (his US Debut), both conducted by Nicholas MacGegan. Brenden recently returned to the RAI Radio Symphony Orchestra in Torino to sing Mahler’s Das klagende Lied with James Conlon, as well as Mendelssohn’s Paulus at the Tonhalle Orchester, Zürich. Following his recent success with The Dream of Gerontius (a central work of Brenden’s repertoire) with the Hamburger Symphoniker for the Rheingau Festival, he was invited to perform the role again at Kings College Cambridge for the Holy Week music series.
The artist was invited to the Goteborgs Operan for Loge in Das Rheingold, to the China National Centre, Beijing for David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (June 2018) to the Birmingham Opera Company for Sergey in Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District and to the Goteborgs Operan for Siegmund in Die Walküre. He will also perform Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Hamburger Symphoniker. In recital, he recently performed Schubert’s Winterreise for the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, Louisiana, and in February 2018 gave a recital at the Hugo Wolf Academy, Stuttgart. Past engagements include the title role in Britten’s Peter Grimes at the Saarbrücken State Theatre, Jimmy Mahoney in Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and the title role of Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Teatro La Fenice. He made his debut at Glyndebourne Festival in 2015 in Mozart’s Entführung.
Brenden’s discography includes the Complete Songs for Voice and Piano of Richard Strauss accompanied by Malcolm Martineau, and the role of Kappelmeister Stroh in Strauss’ Intermezzo. Forthcoming recordings include The Judas Passion with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and a new recording of Mahlers 8th Symphony with the Dortmund Philharmonic, with Gabriel Feltz.