Since his arrival in Boston, Ethan Bremner has become one of the city’s most sought-after tenors.
He made his local debut with Boston Opera Collaborative in 2006 as Achilles in Gluck’s Iphigenie en Aulide, and then sang with the company as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème. He also had and an auspicious debut as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir D’amore, Don Jose in Carmen and Lt. Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly with Longwood Opera. He performed the premier performance of Odyssey Opera of Boston as Baroncelli in Wagner’s Rienzi, Sir Robert Shallow in Sir John in Love with Odyssey Opera, and Manrico in Windham Orchestra's Production of Il Trovatore.
Mr. Bremner was a Finalist in the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (New England Region) and earned his Master of Music in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin.
While earning his Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin, he performed three full Gilbert and Sullivan roles with the Madison Savoyards: Richard in Ruddigore, Luiz in The Goldoliers and Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance.
Following his successful company debut, Longwood Opera presented Mr. Bremner as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, a particularly well-received role debut that showcased the young tenor’s growing aptitude for Italian repertory of the late nineteenth-century. In 2010, He followed this up with the numerous engagements with Longwood Opera including Nemorino in Donizetti’s E’lisir D’amore Tamino in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen and Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. Mr. Bremner triumphed as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen in a concert production of the opera with the Paul Madore Chorale. During their 2010-2012 seasons, Opera Boston engaged Mr. Bremner to cover difficult principal roles: Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Don Ruiz di Padilla in Donizetti’s rarely-performed opera Maria Padilla. Mr. Bremner has since performed the role of Florestan in Fidelio with both the North End Musica and Performing Art Center and Prominade Opera. He most recently had an acclaimed performance as Calaf in Turandot with Opera 51.
In 2013 Mr. Bremner performed as Baroncelli in Wagner’s Rienzi in the premiere performance by Odyssey Opera. He followed that up with numerous other roles with Odyssey Opera including a solo role in the Grammy Nominated recording of Della Joio’s Trial at Rouen.
Mr Bremner has four commercial recordings with the Shakespeare Concert Series.
Equally adept at concert repertoire, Mr. Bremner recently performed Schubert’s Die Wintereisse at First Church of Boston. He has also been featured as a Brookline Chorus Artist in Residence from 2007-2011. With the Brookline Chorus, he has appeared as the tenor soloist in a variety of works such as Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s Mass in B Minor and many others. He has also enjoyed solo appearances in Verdi’s Requiem and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Boston Civic Symphony and in Mozart’s Requiem with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale, in addition to appearances in the ensemble of the prestigious Handel and Haydn Society. He performs in the Greater New England area as a member of the New England Tenors.
Ethan Bremner was a Finalist in the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (New England Region) He is a native of Athol, Massachusetts.
The possessor of “an excellent tenor voice” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) and a keen dramatic sensibility, Ethan Bremner brings a wealth of experience to his varied repertory.