John Brancy made his Pacific Opera Victoria debut in 2014 as Harlequin in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, returning as Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2020 he performs the role of the Steward in the Canadian première of Jonathan Dove’s Flight.
John Brancy won a 2020 Grammy for best Opera Recording for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s recording of Tobias Picker’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, in which he performed the title role.
Other awards for the the New Jersey native include First Prize in the Art Song Division of the 2018 Concours Musical International de Montreal; First Prize in the 2018 Lotte Lenya Competition in New York; Second Prize at the 2017 Wigmore Hall Competition in London; the media prize in the 2017 Belvedere International Singing Competition in Moscow; and first prize in the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition in 2015. He is also a past winner of the Marilyn Horne Song Competition and the Sullivan Foundation Grand Prize.
Brancy recently debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Meredith Monk’s Atlas and San Francisco Opera (Billy Budd) and looks forward to premiering a new work by Michael Gandolfi with the Boston Symphony which will also mark Brancy’s debut at Tanglewood. Also on his 19/20 schedule are performances of Messiah for the US Naval Academy and the Florida Orchestra, Rameau’s Platée for his Des Moines Metro Opera debut, Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem for Opera National de Bordeaux and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with the Rundfunkchor of Berlin.
During the 2018/19 season Brancy performed an eclectic mix of new music and key debuts in concert and opera. Brancy made a return to Oper Frankfurt for a new production of Olga Neuwirth’s Lost Highway directed by MacArthur Genius grant recipient Yuval Sharon, conducted by Karsten Januschke. He embarked on a national tour of his critically acclaimed programs A Silent Night: A WWI Memorial in Song and Armistice: The Journey Home with pianist Peter Dugan. Brancy sang Handel’s Messiah with the Victoria Symphony, the Johnstown Symphony and at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern stage under the baton of Kent Tritle with Musica Sacra.
He was Mercutio in a semi-staged production of Romeo et Juliet in Lisbon with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Chor conducted by Lorenzo Viotti, and he collaborated with director Yuval Sharon on a new production of Meredith Monk’s ATLAS in his debut with the LA Philharmonic.
Brancy has recently released a CD, A Silent Night: A WWI Memorial in Song, with Peter Dugan.
Brancy has been engaged by Semperoper Dresden, Edmonton Opera, Paris’s Théâtre du Chatelet, Opera Saratoga, and Opera San Antonio in works ranging from Tobias Picker’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox to Dandini in La Cenerentola to John Adams’s I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky.
Recital credits include the Hugo Wolf Akademie, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center, the New York Festival of Song with pianist Steven Blier, the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, and Société d’art vocal de Montréal in collaboration with pianist Peter Dugan. He has also appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and the Edmonton Symphony. Brancy holds a graduate degree from the Juilliard School in New York.