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 2019/20 season include Masetto Don Giovanni for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Canadian Opera Company and Garibaldo in a European tour of Rodelinda with The English Concert under Harry Bicket.

Elsewhere he has sung Masetto for the Metropolitan Opera; 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 Colline La bohème 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.


Performance Schedule

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    14:00 17 Nov 2019 Lyric Opera of Chicago, CHICAGO

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Don Giovanni

    Conductor: James Gaffigan
    Don Giovanni:  Ildar Abdrazakov
    Leporello: Matthew Rose
    Donna Elvira: Amanda Majeski
    Donna Anna: Rachel Willis-Sørensen
    Zerlina: Ying Fang
    Masetto: Brandon Cedel
    Don Ottavio: Ben Bliss
    Illcommendatore: Mika Kares

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    14:00 20 Nov 2019 Lyric Opera of Chicago, CHICAGO

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Don Giovanni

    Conductor: James Gaffigan
    Don Giovanni:  Ildar Abdrazakov
    Leporello: Matthew Rose
    Donna Elvira: Amanda Majeski
    Donna Anna: Rachel Willis-Sørensen
    Zerlina: Ying Fang
    Masetto: Brandon Cedel
    Don Ottavio: Ben Bliss
    Illcommendatore: Mika Kares

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    19:30 23 Nov 2019 Lyric Opera of Chicago, CHICAGO

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Don Giovanni

    Conductor: James Gaffigan
    Don Giovanni:  Ildar Abdrazakov
    Leporello: Matthew Rose
    Donna Elvira: Amanda Majeski
    Donna Anna: Rachel Willis-Sørensen
    Zerlina: Ying Fang
    Masetto: Brandon Cedel
    Don Ottavio: Ben Bliss
    Illcommendatore: Mika Kares

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    19:00 26 Nov 2019 Lyric Opera of Chicago, CHICAGO

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Don Giovanni

    Conductor: James Gaffigan
    Don Giovanni:  Ildar Abdrazakov
    Leporello: Matthew Rose
    Donna Elvira: Amanda Majeski
    Donna Anna: Rachel Willis-Sørensen
    Zerlina: Ying Fang
    Masetto: Brandon Cedel
    Don Ottavio: Ben Bliss
    Illcommendatore: Mika Kares

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    19:30 30 Nov 2019 Lyric Opera of Chicago, CHICAGO

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Don Giovanni

    Conductor: James Gaffigan
    Don Giovanni:  Ildar Abdrazakov
    Leporello: Matthew Rose
    Donna Elvira: Amanda Majeski
    Donna Anna: Rachel Willis-Sørensen
    Zerlina: Ying Fang
    Masetto: Brandon Cedel
    Don Ottavio: Ben Bliss
    Illcommendatore: Mika Kares

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    19:00 03 Dec 2019 Lyric Opera of Chicago, CHICAGO

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Don Giovanni

    Conductor: James Gaffigan
    Don Giovanni: Davide Luciano
    Leporello: Matthew Rose
    Donna Elvira: Amanda Majeski
    Donna Anna: Rachel Willis-Sørensen
    Zerlina: Ying Fang
    Masetto: Brandon Cedel
    Don Ottavio: Ben Bliss
    Illcommendatore: Mika Kares

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    14:00 05 Dec 2019 Lyric Opera of Chicago, CHICAGO

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Don Giovanni

    Conductor: James Gaffigan
    Don Giovanni: Davide Luciano
    Leporello: Matthew Rose
    Donna Elvira: Amanda Majeski
    Donna Anna: Rachel Willis-Sørensen
    Zerlina: Ying Fang
    Masetto: Brandon Cedel
    Don Ottavio: Ben Bliss
    Illcommendatore: Mika Kares

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    14:00 08 Dec 2019 Lyric Opera of Chicago, CHICAGO

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Don Giovanni

    Conductor: James Gaffigan
    Don Giovanni: Davide Luciano
    Leporello: Matthew Rose
    Donna Elvira: Amanda Majeski
    Donna Anna: Rachel Willis-Sørensen
    Zerlina: Ying Fang
    Masetto: Brandon Cedel
    Don Ottavio: Ben Bliss
    Illcommendatore: Mika Kares

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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