Tenor

Brenden Gunnell

Brenden Gunnell

“Such a voice you might discover once in a century!” Daniel Kühnel, Intendant, Hamburger Symphoniker

Brenden Gunnel grew up in Michigan (USA) where he graduated in 2006.

He performed in the Innsbruck Theatre’s singing ensemble for four years under the guidance of Brigitte Fassbaender before Paul Curran called him to join the Norwegian Opera in Oslo.

Over these years he has performed in Ariadne on Naxos (Brighella), Turn of the screw (Quint), Rheingold (Loge and Froh), Wozzeck (Andres), Arabella (Elemer and Matteo), Zauberflöte (Tamino and Armigero), Lucia di Lammermoor (Arturo), The Bartered Bride (Hans), Dialogues of the Carmelites (Chevalier), The Return of Ulysses to his Homeland (Eumete), Peter Grimes (Bob Boles), Macbeth (Malcolm), Tristan und Isolde (Marinaio), Rape of Lucretia (Male Chorus), Rake’s progress (Tom Rakewell) and Mahagonny (Jim).

In autumn 2012, the young tenor took the world by storm when he replaced Toby Spence in Elger's Dream of Gerontius with the Hamburger Symphoniker conducted by Jeffrey Tate at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg.

Since then, he’s never looked back as his career rapidly took flight as his vocalism became more dramatic.

Immediately re-engaged by the Hamburger Symphoniker for Königskinder, he performed in Mahler's Symphony n° 8, alongside Orchestra Verdi from Milan and conducted by Riccardo Chailly at the Mico.

The 2015 season saw him perform in The Bartered Bride at the Opera North in Leeds, in Königskinder at the Semperoper in Dresden, in Jenufa at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna (conducted by Juraj Valcuha, directed by Alvis Hermanis), in The Abduction from the Seraglio (directed by David McVicar) at the Glyndebourne Festival , in Mahagonny (conducted by John Axelrod, directed by Graham Vick) at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, in Idomeneo at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice (conducted by Jeffrey Tate, directed by Alessandro Talevi).

In 2016 he was widely acclaimed for his role in Oedipus Rex with the Rai symphony orchestra conducted by Juraj Valcuha in a tour in the cities of Turin, Modena, Ferrara and Naples before returning to Turin for a Strauss / Wagner concert conducted by Maestro Jeffrey Tate.

Actively involved in the world of concertos, his repertoire includes music by Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss, Mahler and above all Britten, regarding whose music he is a profound connoisseur.

Records: Strauss’ Lieder accompanied at the piano by Malcolm Martineau (2014, Two Pianist label); Parsifal (Gralsritter) conducted by Jaap van Zweden and the Netherlands Radio Orchestra (2010, Challenge Classics); Ned Rorem’s Miss Julie and the Curtis Student Orchestra with David Agler (2005, Albany Records).