Brent Reilly Turner, Florestan
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 2016, Turner makes his company debuts with Austin Opera in the role of Carlson in Floyd’s Of Mice and Men and Atlanta Opera in the role of Crown Prince in Puts’ Pulitzer Prize winning Silent Night. In 2015, Turner received 1st place honors at the 2nd Annual James Toland Competition in Oakland, CA. He also was named the Grand Prize winner at the 2015 New Jersey State Opera Competition held in Clifton, NJ. Turner received 3rd place honors at the 2015 National Opera Association Vocal Competition and was also awarded a coveted study grant from the Wagner Society of New York, recognizing him as an up-and-coming heldentenor.
Turner received the Grand Prize at the 2014 Peter Elvins Vocal Competition and the Grand Prize at the 2014 Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition hosted by Shreveport Opera. 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 also took 1st place in the 2013 Orpheus Vocal Competition and 1st place in the 2013 Florida Suncoast Opera Guild Competition. Turner was an encouragement award recipient in the Wagner Division of the 2014 Gerda Lissner Vocal Competition in New York City.
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 Der Freischütz, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, Florestan in Fidelio, Don Jose in Carmen, Sam Polk in Floyd's Susannah, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. Mr. Turner has participated in 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.