Native New Yorker and Tenor Brian Sussman began singing at the age of eight as a member of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. He is a graduate of the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music Art and Performing Arts where he studied vocal music. Brian received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Wyoming where he studied under Dr. Katrina Zook and Dr. Larry Hensel. During his time at the University of Wyoming Brian was a member of the Opera in a Gym outreach program in addition to performing chorus roles in The Mikado and La Traviata as well as Cacambo in Candide. In May 2019, Brian graduated with honors from the University of Kansas with a Masters of Music in Voice Performance
Brian has been seen on both the concert and operatic stage in a wide variety of genres. As a concert soloist he has performed Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C Major, Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Misse de Minuit pour Noël, Bach cantata No. 94, and most recently Handel’s Messiah. Brian’s opera credits include Francis Flute (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Leo Hubbard (Regina), the Spanish Governor (Candide), Ralph Rackstraw (HMS Pinafore) and Donald Hopewell (Gallantry). A proponent of new music, Brian was a founding member of the Kansas based contemporary vocal ensemble the Meadowlark Project.
In addition to awards from the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Brian was the recipient of an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council in January 2019. Brian currently serves as the Tenor Principal Vocal Artist for Heartland Sings in Fort Wayne, Indiana.