The American counter-tenor, Brian Cummings, studied Early Music at Indiana University working with Paul Elliott, Paul Hillier, and Nigel North. He currently resides in Paris, where he studies with Guillemette Laurens.
Brian Cummings sang the premiere of John Adams The Gospel According to the Other Mary in 2012 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel. He made his professional debut in the premiere of John Adams' El Niño in Paris and has appeared in performances of this piece throughout the world including Carnegie Hall, English National Opera, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Festival, Tokyo Symphony and most recently at the Spoleto Festival USA. He has worked under such conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, David Robertson, John Adams, Tõnu Kaljuste and Kent Nagano.
Brian Cummings recently appeared in the title role of George Frideric Handel's Giulio Cesare with Opera Fuoco under David Stern. He collaborates regularly with director Timothy Nelson including singing the role of David in Charpentier's David et Jonathas, Hamor in G.F. Handel's Jephtha, and Iarbo/Corebo in Cavalli's Didone. He has also appeared as a soloist at the Washington and Bloomington Early Music Festivals. He has sung with Paul Hillier in Theatre of Voices and the Pro Arte Singers and can be heard on their recordings for Harmonia Mundi as well as the recording and DVD of El Niño. In France, he sings with ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants (Director: William Christie), Opera Fuoco, Ensemble Entheos, and Ensemble Les Muses Galantes (Director: Louise Audubert).
Forthcoming engagements include El Niño with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Adams' Gospel According to the Other Mary at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Ravinia Festival and with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra in Strasbourg and Cologne..