Riff in West Side Story
About the Artist:
Brian Vu is making his HGO debut in the role of Riff, which he will reprise with the Glimmerglass Festival. Previously with Glimmerglass, he has performed Schaunard in La bohème, The Happy Prince in Wilde Tales, and Jazz Trio Baritone in Trouble in Tahiti; he also participated in productions of Sweeney Todd and Candide. As an apprentice with Santa Fe Opera, he has performed selections as Ramiro in L’heure espagnole. A recent graduate of the Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist Program, Vu has performed Baron Douphol in La traviata, Second Nazarene in Salome, Berardo in Riccardo Primo, Hannah Before in As One, Calvin Griffith in The Summer King, John Brooke in Little Women, Leo Stein in 27, and Fiorello and Figaro (student matinee) in The Barber of Seville, all with Pittsburgh Opera. Vu made his Carnegie Hall debut singing Mitch Leigh’s hit song from Man of La Mancha, “The Impossible Dream,” with the composer in attendance. He has been an apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera, young artist with the Glimmerglass Festival, vocal fellow with Marilyn Horne’s Music Academy of the West, and a member of the Wolf Trap Opera Studio. Future engagements include debuts with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Atlanta Opera, and San Diego Opera.