Singing with both "a liquid baritone of great charm," and "precise patter elocution" (Parterre Box), Brian J. Alvarado performs a wide variety of known, unknown, and new vocal repertoire throughout the Northeast. Oberon's Grove recently praised his Nettuno in dell'Arte Opera Ensemble's La Liberazione di Ruggiero for having “displayed a voice of power and warmth," while Limelight Magazine described his Baron de Pictordu in their Cendrillon as “sonorous," and Parterre Box as “the quintessential self-adoring snob, with a highly attractive legato." With over forty lead and supporting roles under his belt, Mr. Alvarado looks forward to appearances in the 2019-2020 season that will include revisiting Leporello in Don Giovanni with hometown Bronx Opera, along with debuts as the Speaker in Barn Opera's production of The Magic Flute, Osmin in The Billy Goats Gruff with Prelude Opera, López in El Barbero de Sevilla with New Camerata Opera, and Billy Eckstine in the premiere of Richard Thompson's opera Sassy with Trilogy: An Opera Company. He will appear in concert as a soloist with Opera Night Long Island, Restore the Arts, Empire Opera, and Regina Opera, and with the ensembles of Teatro Grattacielo at the Gerald Lynch Center, and with Lyrica Classic at Carnegie Hall. On film, he will make appearances in Seventeen to the Sixth Media's VideOpera When Falling... Dive, and in Whitney George and Lila Palmer's short operatic film, Julie, produced by Camerataworks.
Appearances in the 2018-2019 season included debuts in the title role of Utopia Opera’s production of The Sorcerer, Pish-Tush in Bronx Opera’s White House adaptation of The Mikado, Schaunard in La bohéme with both Amore and Regina Opera, and Mercutio in West Side Opera’s Roméo et Juliette concerts, with additional assignments including the titular cover for New Camerata Opera’s
Venus and Adonis, Silvano in Amore Opera's Un Ballo in Maschera, and Sciarrone in Long Island Lyric Opera’s Tosca. As part of Greene Space's 10 year celebration,
Mr. Alvarado made his WQXR debut as Mark Greene in a Mozart-influenced micro opera created in 24 hours, entitled Transportation Transformation. Over the summer, he joined the Nahant Music Festival as a Donald R. Wilkinson Vocal Apprentice, where he was a featured soloist in Keiser's St. Mark Passion, and premiered the role of Donald Wilkinson in Francine Trester's one-act opera Keepers of the Light.
His 2017-2018 season concluded with an Apprentice Artist residency with Teatro Nuovo (formerly Bel Canto at Caramoor), and a premiere as Cesar in Bronx Opera and Hudson Guild Theatre Company's Rossini Pastiche entitled The Theft of a Smile. Additionally this last season, he: revisited Dandini in Opera Theatre of Montclair's La cenerentola (for which he was praised as "the perfect foil" by Voce di Meche), portrayed Vergil’s Ghost in Garden State Opera's Francesca da Rimini (in German), sang the bass comprimarios in Empire Opera's Macbeth concerts, joined Amore Opera's season as Sciarrone in Tosca, and Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and returned to both Utopia Opera and Bronx Opera as the Sheriff of Richmond in Martha, and the Ottokar cover and Kuno in Der Freischütz respectively.
Mr. Alvarado ended a prolific first full season in New York, with role debuts as a "vulnerable" (Opera News) Badger/Parson in dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s Příhody lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen). He had additionally been seen twice as Papageno in Opera Theatre of Montclair's outreach Die Zauberflöte, in both English and German. He portrayed Cascada as an Emerging Artist in the Minuetto Music Festival's Merry Widow, and Leporello in Lighthouse Opera Company's inaugural production of Don Giovanni, both debuts. He also joined Utopia Opera’s season as Ludwig’s cover (with performance) for The Grand Duke, as Jacob/Dandy #4 in The Ballad of Baby Doe, and as Zaretzky/The Captain in Eugene Onegin. His year began as Corporal Nym and the Master Page cover in Bronx Opera’s 50th Anniversary production of Vaughan-Williams’ Sir John in Love. Other cover assignments included: Belcore in North Shore Music Festival's The Elixir of Love, Tsarevich Afron in New Opera NYC's Zolotoy petushok (The Golden Cockerel), Alcade and Chirurgo for New Amsterdam Opera's La forza del destino concert, and Melisso in OperaRox Productions' Alcina.
Previous significant appearances include a run on City Island as the title in Sweeney Todd, debuts as Dandini in La cenerentola, and Magaldi in Evita with the Bay View Music Festival, his New York City debut as Truffaldin in Utopia Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos, and his roles with Susquehanna University that included Lieutenant Barri in Passion, Bob the Saw in Threepenny Opera, and Simone in Gianni Schicchi.
An avid supporter of contemporary works, Mr. Alvarado recently workshopped the roles of the Lawyer and Dr. Binger in Nick Scarim's new musical, Sick, with Downtown Music Productions. In 2018, he sang the role of the Third King in the American premiere of Jose Luis González Moya's Nativity Opera, El Rey Nació. Additionally that year, he covered the premiere of Thea Musgrave’s dramatic monologue La Vida es Sueño for her 90th Birthday Concert, and ChoralFest USA. In 2017, he performed scenes with OperaRox from Price Walden's The Contract Player, as both the Cameraman and Jack Parkham, during both the HOT! Festival and New York Opera Fest, in addition to the first act of Alicia Lieu’s Unwrapping Fortune during the MuSe Sounds of Arts Festival, as Simon Blumenkrantz. In 2015, he premiered The Murdered Man in Kris McCormick's chamber opera In a Grove with the Susquehanna University New Music Ensemble.
Mr. Alvarado has sang in concert with Susquehanna University's Choir and Orchestra (Messiah, Soloist; Schubert’s Mass in G, Soloist), their Chamber Singers and Chorale, the New York City Guitar Orchestra (L'Orfeo, Caronte), the Saint Peters Bach Collegium (BWV 147, Soloist), The Collegiate Singers (St. Cecilla Mass, Soloist Cover), the MuSe Chorus (Missa Sancti Nicolai, Soloist), and the Orchestra of the Bronx (Messiah). In 2017, he appeared in concert for Mozart's Vesperae solennes de confessore at Carnegie Hall with the Continuo Arts Symphonic Choir and New England Symphonic Ensemble as a cover Artist-in Residence.
Despite his degree in Creative Writing from Susquehanna University, Mr. Alvarado has studied most frequently with baritone Jonathan Hays, in addition to bass-baritone Brian Banion, and mezzo-soprano Sahoko Sato-Timpone.
2010 - present
2010 - present
El Barbero de Sevilla- New Camerata Opera
"Speaking of rapid-fire, tenor Victor Khodadad and baritone Brian Alvarado pulled off their pattering duet quite well and also managed to imbue some strong humor as feuding critics Pérez and López."
"...and a comic duet for rival opera critics who come close to fighting a duel over precedence. (I liked that one!) "
"The rival critics were mugged and sung with happy abandon by Brian Alvarado and Victor Khodadad. "
"There was a very funny bit of hostility between two critics--Brian J. Alvarado's Pérez of the publication Tapas Today and Victor Khodadad's López from the newspaper The Manchego Gazette."
Cendrillon (Viardot)- dell'Arte Opera Ensemble
"The Baron was Brian Alvarado, the quintessential self-adoring snob, with a highly attractive legato."
"Baritone Brian Alvarado... threw himself into the humour of the role and sounded great as Le Baron de Pictordu."
"Brian Alvarado made a sonorous Le Baron de Pictordu..."
"Brian Alvarado was particularly noteworthy as Papa, who....gave a well-acted and eagerly sung performance."
La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina- dell'Arte Opera Ensemble
"Brian Alvarado (above) displayed a voice of power and warmth as Neptune, but the singer's finest moments came later when he took on a subsidiary role as one of the hapless mortals transformed by Alcina into a plant. Here Mr. Alvarado, pleading to be restored to human form, was most moving."
"The dread consequences of Alcina's penchant for turning people into animals or plants is now manifested when an ensemble of botanicals appear and beg Ruggiero to save them from their wretchedness. Here Brian Alvarado's plea is truly moving, and it draws a compassionate reply from Mr. Momma's Ruggiero. '"
"The star was, naturally, John Wellington Wells. Brian J. Alvarado had the flair, the dapper moves, the precise patter elocution and the obsequious insolence for this character—without such qualities, the show would lack point. He also sings with a liquid baritone of great charm.'
John Yohalem, Parterre Box
"Brian J. Alvarado made a fine Schaunard.'
Meche Kroop, Voce di Meche
'The Three Kings were portrayed by César Delgado, Mario Arévalo, and Brian Alvarado. The three male voices fed off one another quite well throughout the evening.'
Logan Martell, OperaWire
'Kuno, the Chief Forester and Agathe’s father, is handsomely performed by Brian J. Alvarado;'
'A quartet of singers – sopranos Caroline Miller and Estabaliz Martinez, baritone Brian J. Alvarado and tenor Stephen Velasquez – brought drama and sardonic humor to the narrative over pleasant, baroque-tinged melodies.'
delarue, New York Music Daily
'...the prank backfires when they realize that they are contracted for a year and this will be enforced by the Sheriff of Richmond (the convincing Brian J. Alvarado).'
Meche Kroop, Voce di Meche
'As his valet Dandini, baritone Brian Alvarado handled his role well and was the perfect foil as he exchanged roles with the Prince and bamboozled Angelina's family.'
Meche Kroop, Voce di Meche
Cunning Little Vixen– dell'Arte Opera Ensemble
'The second act surrounds the Forester with human friends: the Schoolmaster (played by the wonderful character tenor Jeremy Brauner) and a dour Parson (Brian Alvarado.) He doubled as the bourgeois Badger, and was evicted from his hole by the saucy Vixen.'
'Brian Alvarado was a vulnerable Parson, confessing his sexual misadventures with quiet self-loathing.'
'Bass Brian Alvarado doubled as the grumpy Badger and the Greek-quoting Parson who once had a secret love.'
'The City Island production starred two excellent performers making their CITG debuts. Brian Alvarado, with his rich baritone voice, brought his operatic experience to rise to the challenging role of Sweeney.'
Karen Nani, The Island Current
Evita– Bay View Music Festival
'Brian Alvarado is Magaldi, another one to fall in love with. Perfectly suited to the role, his voice has a richness that magnifies the guitar playing tango singer.'
Mary Jane Doerr, Petoskey News Review
'In addition to Kippy, Lemming’s best friend outside of the Empires is Davey Battle, the star player on a rival team. Battle is played by an excellent Brian Alvarado and it is he, who through his proselytizing discourses, encourages Lemming to be his true self. He is a married, religious man who believes in the power of threes.'
Stephanie C Lyons, Pillow Talking
'The character Davey Battle who was Darren Lemming’s best friend was very capably played by Brian Alvarado...'
Wayne J. Keeley, Pillow Talking
'Kudos to all of the Aides in the play whose authoritative presence always was felt – Aide Turkle (Brian J. Alvarado); Aide Williams (Ainsley Andrade) and Aide Warren (Nick Kaye).'
Wayne J. Keeley, Pillow Talking
'Aides Turkle, Williams, and Warren played by Brian J. Alvarado, Ainsley Andrade, and Nick Kaye, respectively, also are outstanding.'
Stephanie C. Lyons, Pillow Talking