BRETT

  SPRAGUE

Tenor

Photo: Lutz Edelhoff

BIOGRAPHY

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Press Kit
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American tenor Brett Sprague continues his second season as an Ensemble member at Theater Erfurt with a exciting slate of performances. The 2020/2021 season kicked off with a few pastiche pieces following the necessary COVID-19 guidelines for health and safety, the first called "Drunter und Drüber"inspired by the worldwide reaction to the Corona virus pandemic, the second is an evening of Mozart conceived using the composer's Der Schauspieldirektor, and the third called "Die Rache der Fledermaus", a new take on Johann Strauss's famous operetta. Taking place in the more intimate STUDIO.BOX in Erfurt, Mr. Sprague performed in the Saloonkonzert, an evening of Western inspired music. Due to the continued interruption of the COVID-19 Pandemic, all other performances in 2020/21 have been postponed. Theater Erfurt plans to stage Orleanskaya deva (Tchaikovsky) for the DomStufen Festspiele in July 2021, with Mr. Sprague in the role of King Charles VII. In 2021/22, Mr. Sprague will perform many of the operas delayed due to the pandemic, including Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach) in the title role of Hoffmann, the world premiere of Mio mein Mio (Leipold) in the role of Mios/Benkas Vater, Manon Lescaut (Puccini) in the role of Edmond, In the Penal Colony (Glass) in the role of the Visitor, and Nabucco (Verdi) as Ismaele. Other delayed performances include Mr. Sprague's debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra singing the tenor solo in Carmina Burana (Orff) at the Royal Festival Hall, as well as two solo recitals in Erfurt. 

 

In 2019/2020 Mr. Sprague began his work in Germany with a new production of Der junge Lord (Henze) in the role of Lord Barrat with the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, followed by a production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart) performing Pedrillo with the Thüringer Schlossfestspiele. In August 2019, Mr. Sprague began as an ensemble member with Theater Erfurt, singing roles spanning the operatic repertoire, including Prinz Gwidon in Das Märchen vom Zaren Saltan (Rimsky-Korsakov), Hexe in Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck), Ernesto in Don Pasquale (Donizetti) as a jump in, and as a featured soloist in a summer concert series, Opera Gloriosa, in the DomStufen Festspiele. In addition to his operatic pursuits in Europe, Mr. Sprague is gaining acclaim for his performance as a concert soloist, most recently in Carmina Burana with the Tampere Filharmonia in November 2018 and the Gӧteborgs Symfoniker in April 2019, earning him praise from the critics in both cities. In celebration of the Thirty Year Anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down, he sang the solos in Beethoven's 9th Symphony in Erfurt.

 

To date, Mr. Sprague has been performing across the United States, often called upon for the creation and production of contemporary operas. Highlights include the world premiere of Happy Birthday Wanda June (Clark) singing Herb Shuttle and the American premiere of Mansfield Park (Dove) in the role of Henry Crawford with Indianapolis Opera, the workshop of The Scarlet Letter (Laitman) with Opera Colorado and the development of a new opera with OnSite Opera in New York. Additionally, he has performed Laurie in Little Women (Adamo) with Eugene Opera. He is also very comfortable with the classic repertoire, having performed many different roles spanning the gamut of musical periods and styles, including Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) at Opera Colorado, and Antinoüs in Pénélope (Faure) with Vespertine Opera.

 

Mr. Sprague received his professional training as a resident artist at Opera Colorado during the 2014 and 2014/2015 seasons. Performance highlights include Tamino and Erster Geharnischter in Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), Don José and Remendado in Carmen (Bizet), and Borsa in Rigoletto (Verdi). He was also afforded the opportunity to cover the roles of Goro in Madama Butterfly (Puccini) and Il Duca in Rigoletto (Verdi). He spent two summer seasons as a young artist with Chautauqua Opera. In 2015, as an apprentice artist, he performed the role of Malcolm and covered Macduff in Macbeth (Verdi) and covered Lensky in Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky), as well as performing multiple concerts with the Chautauqua Symphony. In 2013, as a studio artist, he performed Rector Adams in Peter Grimes (Britten). As a young artist at Ash Lawn Opera in 2014, he sang Little Bat in Susannah (Floyd).

 

Mr. Sprague is originally from Tacoma, Washington and received his Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Chapman University and his Master of Music degree in classical voice performance from Manhattan School of Music. He performed often on the stage at Manhattan School of Music, as Almaviva in Ghosts of Versailles (Corigliano), Ferrando in Così fan tutte (Mozart), and La voz en la fragua in La Vida Breve (de Falla). He has received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Seattle Opera Guild, the Anita Cerquetti Competition, the CareerBridges organization, and the Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition at Manhattan School of Music.

 

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

Orleanskaya deva

Composer: Tchaikovsky

Role: King Charles VII

DomStufen-Festspiele

Erfurt, Germany

Performances: 

July 10 - August 1, 2021

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Manon Lescaut

Composer: Puccini

Role: Edmondo

Theater Erfurt

Erfurt, Germany

Performances:

2. October 2021

8. October 2021

17. October 2021

20. October 2021

29. October 2021

20. November 2021

28. November 2021

5. December 2021

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In the Penal Colony

 Composer: Glass

 Role: Visitor

Theater Erfurt - STUDIO.BOX

Erfurt, Germany

Performances:

16. October 2021

21. October 2021

16. November 2021

18. November 2021

24. November 2021

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Die Sünde Jesu (World Premiere)

 Composer: Guralnik

Role: Tenor

Theater Erfurt - STUDIO.BOX

Erfurt, Germany

Performances:

30. October 2021

31. October 2021

14. November 2021

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Die Rache der Fledermaus

Composer: Strauss II

Role: Alfred

Theater Erfurt

Erfurt, Germany

Performances:

11. December 2021

26. December 2021

30. December 2021

8. January 2022

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Les contes d’Hoffmann

Composer: Offenbach

 Role: Hoffmann

Theater Erfurt

Erfurt, Germany

Performances:

29. January 2022

5. February 2022

11. February 2022

27. February 2022

27. March 2022

1. April 2022

10. April 2022

24. April 2022

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Mio, mein Mio (World Premiere)

Composer: Leipold

Role: Vater

Theater Erfurt

Erfurt, Germany

Performances:

23. April 2022

30. April 2022

15. May 2022

22. May 2022

23. May 2022

12. June 2022

14. June 2022

15. June 2022

24. June 2022

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Nabucco

Composer: Verdi

Role: Ismaele

DomStufen-Festspiele

Erfurt, Germany

Performances:

July 15 - August 7, 2022

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Photo: Lutz Edelhoff

 
 

Recordings

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Video Recordings
Audio Recordings
Frisch zum kampfe
00:00 / 03:23
Komm Zigany
00:00 / 04:58
Hexen Arie
00:00 / 02:08
Olim lacus colueram
00:00 / 04:44
 

Photo GallerY

Das Märchen vom Zaren Saltan
Das Märchen vom Zaren Saltan

Theater Erfurt Foto: Lutz Edelhoff

Das Märchen vom Zaren Saltan
Das Märchen vom Zaren Saltan

Theater Erfurt Foto: Lutz Edelhoff

Das Märchen vom Zaren Saltan
Das Märchen vom Zaren Saltan

Theater Erfurt Foto: Lutz Edelhoff

Das Märchen vom Zaren Saltan
Das Märchen vom Zaren Saltan

Theater Erfurt Foto: Lutz Edelhoff

Der junge Lord
Der junge Lord

Gärtnerplatztheater Photo: Christian POGO Zach

Der junge Lord
Der junge Lord

Gärtnerplatztheater Photo: Christian POGO Zach

Der junge Lord
Der junge Lord

Gärtnerplatztheater Photo: Christian POGO Zach

Der junge Lord
Der junge Lord

Gärtnerplatztheater Photo: Christian POGO Zach

Lucia di Lammermoor
Lucia di Lammermoor

Opera Colorado Photo: Jamie Kraus

Lucia di Lammermoor
Lucia di Lammermoor

Opera Colorado Photo: Jamie Kraus

Lucia di Lammermoor
Lucia di Lammermoor

Opera Colorado Photo: Jamie Kraus

Lucia di Lammermoor
Lucia di Lammermoor

Opera Colorado Photo: Jamie Kraus

The Abduction from the Seraglio
The Abduction from the Seraglio

Bronx Opera Photo: Heather Bobeck

The Abduction from the Seraglio
The Abduction from the Seraglio

Bronx Opera Photo: Heather Bobeck

The Abduction from the Seraglio
The Abduction from the Seraglio

Bronx Opera Photo: Heather Bobeck

The Abduction from the Seraglio
The Abduction from the Seraglio

Bronx Opera Photo: Heather Bobeck

Happy Birthday Wanda June
Happy Birthday Wanda June

Indianapolis Opera Photo: Denis Kelly

Happy Birthday Wanda June
Happy Birthday Wanda June

Indianapolis Opera Photo: Denis Kelly

Happy Birthday Wanda June
Happy Birthday Wanda June

Indianapolis Opera Photo: Denis Kelly

Happy Birthday Wanda June
Happy Birthday Wanda June

Indianapolis Opera Photo: Denis Kelly

Little Women
Little Women

Eugene Opera Photo: Ken Piper

Little Women
Little Women

Eugene Opera Photo: Ken Piper

Little Women
Little Women

Eugene Opera Photo: Ken Piper

Little Women
Little Women

Eugene Opera Photo: Ken Piper

Hänsel und Gretel
Hänsel und Gretel

Theater Erfurt Foto: Lutz Edelhoff

Hänsel und Gretel
Hänsel und Gretel

Theater Erfurt Foto: Lutz Edelhoff

Hänsel und Gretel
Hänsel und Gretel

Theater Erfurt Foto: Lutz Edelhoff

Hänsel und Gretel
Hänsel und Gretel

Theater Erfurt Foto: Lutz Edelhoff

Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Thüringer Schlossfestspiele

Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Thüringer Schlossfestspiele

Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Thüringer Schlossfestspiele

Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Thüringer Schlossfestspiele

Die Zauberflöte
Die Zauberflöte

Opera Colorado Photo: Jamie Kraus

Die Zauberflöte
Die Zauberflöte

Opera Colorado Photo: Jamie Kraus

Die Zauberflöte
Die Zauberflöte

Opera Colorado Photo: Jamie Kraus

Die Zauberflöte
Die Zauberflöte

Opera Colorado Photo: Jamie Kraus

Macbeth
Macbeth

Chautauqua Opera Photo: Roger Coda

Macbeth
Macbeth

Chautauqua Opera Photo: Roger Coda

Macbeth
Macbeth

Chautauqua Opera Photo: Roger Coda

Macbeth
Macbeth

Chautauqua Opera Photo: Roger Coda

Mansfield Park
Mansfield Park

Indianapolis Opera Photo: Denis Kelly

Mansfield Park
Mansfield Park

Indianapolis Opera Photo: Denis Kelly

Mansfield Park
Mansfield Park

Indianapolis Opera Photo: Denis Kelly

Mansfield Park
Mansfield Park

Indianapolis Opera Photo: Denis Kelly

Pénélope
Pénélope

Vespertine Opera Photo: Alan Alabastro

Pénélope
Pénélope

Vespertine Opera Photo: Alan Alabastro

Pénélope
Pénélope

Vespertine Opera Photo: Alan Alabastro

Pénélope
Pénélope

Vespertine Opera Photo: Alan Alabastro

DomStufen Festspiele
DomStufen Festspiele

Erfurt 2020

DomStufen Festspiele
DomStufen Festspiele

Erfurt 2020

Chautauqua Opera Concert
Chautauqua Opera Concert

Chautauqua Symphony Photo: Roger Coda

DomStufen Festspiele
DomStufen Festspiele

Erfurt 2020

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Email: brettspraguetenor@gmail.com

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MANAGEMENT

Agency: IOA Management

​Agent: Kalle Kanttila

Email: info@opera-audition.com

www.ioa-management.com

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