Brian Cummings - Countertenor

Brian Cummings, countertenor, sang the premiere of John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary in 2012 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel. He made his professional debut in the premiere of John Adams’ El Niño in Paris and has appeared in performances of this piece throughout the world including Carnegie Hall, English National Opera, the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Estonian National Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, the Adelaide Festival, the Tokyo Symphony and most recently at the Spoleto Festival USA.

He has worked under such conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski, Robert Spano, David Robertson, John Adams, Tõnu Kaljuste and Kent Nagano. He recently appeared in the title role of Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Opera Fuoco under David Stern.  Mr. Cummings collaborates regularly with director Timothy Nelson including singing the role of David in Charpentier’s David et Jonathas, Hamor in Handel’s Jephtha, and Iarbo/Corebo in Cavalli’s Didone.  He has also appeared as a soloist at the Washington and Bloomington Early Music Festivals.  He has sung with Paul Hillier in Theatre of Voices and the Pro Arte Singers and can be heard on their recordings for harmonia mundi as well as the recording and DVD of El Niño.

In France, he sings with ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants, Opera Fuoco, Ensemble Entheos, and Les Muses Galantes. Mr. Cummings currently resides in Paris where he studies with Guillemette Laurens.  He studied Early Music at Indiana University working with Paul Elliott, Paul Hillier, and Nigel North. Recent engagements include John Adams’ El Niño and Gospel According to the Other Mary with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra in Amsterdam, Strasbourg and Cologne, the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphohny.

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