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Brennan Hall (Counter-tenor)

Born: Orlando, Florida, USA

The American counter-tenor, Brennan Hall, obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from Rollins College (2004-2008); his Master of Music from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music Early Music Institue (2009-2011); and his P.D. in Voice from Jacobs School of Music (2012-2013). His voice teacher include: Robert Harrison, Mary Ann Hart, Paul Elliott, Scharmal Schrock, and Edmond LeRoy, Curtis Rayam; and his coaches: Carol Vaness, Martin Katz, Kevin Murphy, Ken Noda, Heidi Grant-Murphy, and Eiddwen Harrhy; His awards: Winner of Early Music America Summer Scholarship (2012); Semi-Finalist - Oratorio Society of New York (2013); First Prize Winner at the International Festival Les Voix Humaines in Havana, Cuba (2015).

Brennan Hall made his professional debut singing as a soloist in J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion (BWV 245) with the American Bach Soloists, under the direction of Jeffrey Thomas. He was praised by the San Francisco Classical Voice for his “remarkably rich voice throughout his range… and admirable musical intelligence.” He has recently performed the role of Medoro in R.B. Schlather’s exhibition of George Frideric Handel’s Orlando at the White Box Art Center (2015), where he sang “with exquisite control…” by the New York Times. Hall made his Carnegie Hall debut singing in a Master Class with Martin Katz as part of Marilyn Horne’s annual series, The Song Continues. Hall was a featured artist in Rufus Wainwright’s If I Loved You - Gentlemen Prefer Broadway - An Evening of Duets at the 2014 Luminato Festival in Toronto and Noël Nights in New York at Town Hall.

Brennan Hall performed a Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler filmed opera as Horus in River of Fundament, which had its world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (2012). He also performed several scenes from the movie at the 2012 Summer Holland Festival in Amsterdam. Hall most recently performed the role of Secrecy in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble (2014) and Arsamene in G.F. Handel’s Serse with the Bel Cantanti Opera Company (2014). He also performed the title role in Phillip Glass’s Akhnaten with the Jacobs School of Music and Indianapolis Opera Company (2013). Hall performed the roles of the Spirit in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the ABS Academy (2012) and created the role Willie in Small Box, a one-act opera by librettist Bruce L. Pearson and composer Herman Whitfield III (2009).

Barennan Hall’s concert work as a soloist includes J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor (BWV 232), Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, G.F. Handel’s Messiah and Judas Maccabaeus as well as Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, Heinrich Schütz’s Die Sieben Worte Jesu Christi Am Kreuz, Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine, and Dowland’s First Book of Ayres with Nigel North. He currently lives in New York City, New York

Source: Brennan Hall Website; Photos 01-03: George Pimentel Photography
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (December 2015)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




William Jon Gray


BWV 245 [1st, 2012]

Gonçalo Lourençp


Bloomington Bach Cantata Project Video (2011): BWV 161

Daniel R. Melamed


Bloomington Bach Cantata Project Video (2012): BWV 3

Links to other Sites

Brennan Hall - Countertenor (Official Website)
Brennan Hall - Countertenor on Facebook

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