Baritone Brian Major (Escamillo in Carmen) has been praised for his "velvet voice" and "commanding stage presence." Recently, he debuted with Opera Saratoga as Giorgio in Il Postino that lead to rave reviews. His performance of the title role Don Giovanni with Opera in the Heights was called "sexy and despicable, full-bodied and broad." Major was seen as Germont in La traviata with Opera Company of Middlebury and performed an all French Opera concert with Maestro Michel Plasson in Montpellier, France. As a studio artist with Sarasota Opera he covered Amonasro in Aida and George Milton in Of Mice and Men. Other opera credits include Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Escamillo in Carmen, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, 1st Nazarene in Salome, and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte. An accomplished recitalist and concert artist, Major has been baritone soloist in Carmina Burana, Handel´s Messiah, and Vaughan-Williams Five Mystical Songs to name a few. He has performed with The Siena Chamber Orchestra in Italy, Sun Valley Opera in Idaho and Des Moines Symphony Orchestra in Iowa. Major has won numerous awards and honors including 1st prize Opera Ebony Vocal Competition, 3rd prize Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, 2nd prize Opera at San Nicola Vocal Competition, 1st prize Harlem Opera Theater Vocal Competition, 1st prize Atlanta Music Club Vocal Competition and Encouragement Prize Palm Beach Atlantic Vocal Competition. He holds a master´s degree and performance certificate from Boston University and is a graduate of Morehouse College.