American tenor Brent Reilly Turner has been critically acclaimed across the United States. Turner’s appearances in opera, concert and recital have been characterized as having a full, dramatic timbre, energetic personality and unique honesty.
In the 2017-’18 season, Turner makes his company debuts with Heartbeat Opera and Opera Birmingham in the role of Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen and Brook’s The Tragedy of Carmen. In 2016, he also debuted with Austin Opera and Atlanta Opera and will be returning for Austin Opera’s 2017 production of Bizet’s Carmen.
Turner was named the Grand Prize Winner in the 2015 McCammon Voice Competition, the 2015 James Toland Vocal Competition, the 2015 New Jersey State Opera Competition, the 2014 Peter Elvins Competition, the 2014 Mary Jacobs Singer of the Year Competition, the 2013 Orpheus Vocal Competition, and the 2013 Florida Suncoast Opera Guild Competition. Turner received 2nd place honors at the 2014 Dallas Opera Guild Competition, and 3rd place in the 2014 Irma M. Cooper Competition hosted by Opera Columbus. Turner was an encouragement award recipient in the Wagner Division of the 2014 Gerda Lissner Vocal Competition in New York City and was a recipient of a study grant from the Wagner Society of New York.
Mr. Turner's Wagnerian repertoire includes roles such as Siegmund in Die Walküre, the title role of Lohengrin, Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer, and Froh/Loge in Das Rheingold. Other roles include Max in von Weber's Der Freischütz, Bacchus in R. Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, Florestan in Beethoven's Fidelio, Don Jose in Bizet's Carmen, Sam Polk in Floyd's Susannah, and Eisenstein in J. Strauss' Die Fledermaus. Mr. Turner has participated with several major Young Artist and Apprentice Programs including Santa Fe Opera, Utah Opera, Ash lawn Opera, Opera North, Opera Saratoga, Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Brevard Music Center, and V.O.I.C.Experience.
Turner holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University and a Master of Music from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Though born in Singapore, Turner was raised in Oviedo, FL and considers himself a native Central Floridian.
Susannah (Sam) - Ash Lawn Opera Photo by Janet Moore Coll