Bass-baritone

Brandon Cedel

Introduction

American Bass-baritone Brandon Cedel is a recent graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and was an ensemble member of Oper Frankfurt from 2016-2019.

Highlights in his 2020/21 season include Lieutenant Ratcliffe BIlly Budd for the Metropolitan Opera and the title role in a new production of Handel’s Hercules at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe.

Elsewhere he has sung Masetto Don Giovanni for the Metropolitan Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Leporello Don Giovanni and Argante Rinaldo for the Glyndebourne Festival; Collatinus The Rape of Lucretia for the Boston Lyric Opera; the title role in Le nozze di Figaro for Opera Philadelphia and the Stuttgart Staatsoper and Colline La bohème and Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Canadian Opera Company.

His many roles for Oper Frankfurt include Masetto, Sprecher Die Zauberflöte, Lieutenant Ratcliffe Billy Budd, Argante, Ariodate Xerxes, Cesare Angelotti Tosca, Brander La damna­tion de Faust and Achior in Mozart’s La Betulia Liberata.

Future seasons see him return to the Metropolitan Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival and make his debut at Teatro alla Scala, Milan.


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    20 Jan 20 ROSSINI Il barbiere di siviglia
    Canadian Opera Company

    “Brandon Cedel is a booming Don Basilio, likely an accidental nod to the unmistakable speaking voice of a professional voice teacher.”
    Jenna Simeonov, The Globe and Mail, 20 January 2020

    “Returning to the COC after his fine Colline in La boheme last season, American bass-baritone Brandon Cedel was a vivid Basilio, his “La calunnia” a highlight of the evening.”
    Joseph So, Ludwig van Toronto, 20 January 2020

    “American bass, Brandon Cedel was steller in the role of Basilio, the music teacher ready to serve whoever pays him the most.”
    David Richards, Toronto Concert Review, 29 January 2020

    “As Rosina’s singing teacher and the brunt of many jokes Basilio (Brandon Cedel), Cedel really leans into the ridiculousness of the character to make his scenes that much more hilarious”
    Isabella Perrone, Broadway World, 26 January 2020

    “…when the mischievous music teacher Don Basilio (Brandon Cedel) sings about how the spreading of gossip can take down an innocent man, it’s captured with visual flair in a clown-like sequence on top of a piano.  (Pay attention to that piano: it contains many surprises.) But as fun as this production is, any staging of the opera needs decent singers and musicians to work. And it’d be hard to imagine a better cast than the one the COC’s assembled.”
    Glen Sumi, NOW Magazine, 24 January 2020

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    18 Nov 19 MOZART Don Giovanni
    Lyric Opera Chicago

    “Brandon Cedel displayed a strong bass-baritone as Masetto, and his refreshing, natural-guy portrayal proved just right for Zerlina’s justifiably discomfited fiancé, the epitome of righteous working-class anger.”
    Lawrence A Johnson, Chicago Classical Review, 15 November 2019

    “…And as Masetto, who suffers greatly at the hands of Giovanni, Cedel, the American bass-baritone, suggests how a man can be hurt by betrayal just as deeply as a woman.”
    Hedy Weiss, WTTW, 15 November 2019

    “Brandon Cedel, (also in his house debut), makes a pitch-perfect Masetto, playing Zerlina’s fiancé as a sensitive guy with a macho streak.”
    Hannah de Priest, Schmopera, 17 November 2019

    “It is easy to fall into the sweet, loving character created by Brandon Cedel as Masetto.”
    Aaron Hunt, New City Stage, 18 November 2019

     

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    08 Aug 19 HANDEL Rinaldo
    Glyndebourne Festival Opera

    “(…) and Brandon Cedel is superb as Argante, Armida’s henchman, making a highlight of their premature “triumph” duet.”
    Hugh Canning, The Times, August 18 2019

    “(…) Brandon Cedel sang the role of Argante with a robust strength.”
    Miranda Heggie, The Arts Desk, August 09 2019

    “The (welcome) variety of the bass register was given tremendous martial heft by Brandon Cedel’s Argante, who could also be lyrical and surprisingly gentle when the occasion demanded.”
    Roger Parker, Opera, October 2019

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    17 Apr 19 PUCCINI La bohème
    Canadian Opera Company

    “(…) bella e commovente la “Vecchia zimarra” di Colline (Brandon Cedel).”
    Giuliana dal Piaz, Ape Musicale, April 26 2019

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    11 Mar 19 BRITTEN The Rape of Lucretia
    Boston Lyric Opera

    “Bass-baritone Brandon Cedel sang the role of Collatinus with a cavernous voice. Yet he proved a tender and comforting presence to O’Connor’s Lucretia when he learns of her rape, his smooth lines imbued with affection, grief, and understanding.”
    Aaron Keebaugh, Boston Classical Review, March 12 2019

    “Collatinus’s (Brandon Cedel) sonorous bass-baritone swelled through the cavernous performance space. His artistry was evident in his conspicuous but subdued pride for his wife’s virtuous character and in the way he wrapped his voice around her in comfort and support in the aftermath of her ordeal.”
    Alexandra Sourakov, The Tech, March 21 2019

    “(…) Brandon Cedel delivered vocal lines showing indefatigability and (…) confidently embodied [a] scary tyrant(s) of ancient Rome.”
    Jonas Kublickas, The Boston Musical Intellegencer, March 13 2019

    “You almost don’t need them, since the cast sings with clarity as well as power and as much individual character as the opera’s persistent intensity allows for. At Monday’s opening performance, Cedel’s huge, deep Collatinus made the biggest vocal impression.”
    Jeffrey Gantz, Boston Globe, March 12 2019

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    30 Jan 19 MOZART Don Giovanni
    Metropolitan Opera, New York

    “As Masetto, Brandon Cedel put on a solid performance. There was an overall earnestness to his approach, supported by a earthy vocal reading. His aria “Ho capito, signor, si” was marked by a roughness of tone that perfectly reflected his status as a peasant.”
    David Salazar, Opera Wire, January 30 2019

    “(…) the bass-baritone Brandon Cedel, suave and alert as Masetto.”
    Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times, February 03 2019

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    22 Sep 18 PUCCINI Tosca
    Oper Frankfurt

    “(…) l’Angelotti de Brandon Cedel, tout comme le sacristain de Franz Meyer ont abordé leurs rôles, dont la difficulté réside davantage dans le jeu que dans le chant, avec sérieux et une réelle implication.”
    Thierry Verger, Forum Opera, 14 October 2018

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    13 Apr 18 WAGNER Das Rheingold
    Oper Frankfurt

    “Kernig mit leichtem Vibrato schwang Donner (Brandon Cedel) den baritonalen Hammer.”
    Gerhard Hoffmann, Merker, April 13 2018

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    06 Nov 15 HANDEL Richard the Lionheart
    Opera Theatre of St. Louis

    “Brandon Cedel, as Isacio, revealed a bass-baritone of impressive weight and conveyed the tyrant’s nefarious nature without once resorting to a snarl. Only in recent years have we dared to hope that a lower-voiced singer could actually articulate Handel’s coloratura; Cedel fulfilled that wish with florid singing of stunning accuracy and beauty of tone.”
    Fred Kohn, Opera News, September 2015

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    01 Apr 13 PUTS Silent Night
    Opera Philadelphia

    “In the few minutes that Cedel was on stage—his character died early—his voice boomed majestically through the dry acoustics of the Academy of Music. Capable of singing anything from Cavalli to Wagner, he may be destined for stardom.”
    Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 1 April 2013