Biography of Brian Stinar

Santa Fe Opera
A native of Estherville, Iowa, tenor Brian Stinar has received critical acclaim for his "powerful vocal artistry" and his "engaging stage presence".   He is an artist whose vocal prowess is matched by his theatrical sensitivity and dynamic stage personality.  He has sung over 30 leading roles nationwide including Rodolfo in La Bohème, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and Gounod's Faust. His most recent appearances have included roles of Alfredo in La Traviata and Tamino in Die Zauberflote with Oklahoma Opera Theater, Don José in Carmen with Opera Theater of the Rockies, Canio in I Pagliacci and Manrico in Il Trovatore with Opera Fort Collins, Rossini's Stabat Mater with the Greeley Chorale, Verdi's Requiem with the Arapahoe Philharmonic, and the role of Don José in Opera Idaho's production of Carmen. Stinar is an Artist in Residence with Denver School of the Arts and holds his Master's degree from the University of Oklahoma where he is a Hoving and Benton-Schmidt Scholar and studied in the studio of Salvatore Champagne. Equally at home on the concert stage, Stinar is heard in many pops concerts and oratorios ranging from Handel's Messiah to Verdi's Requiem.  In Stinar’s early training he also performed Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor as a member of the Apprentice Artist Program for Singers with the Santa Fe Opera and was a finalist in the International Meistersinger Competition and toured in five orchestral concerts during his studies in Graz, Austria with the American Institute of Musical Studies. Stinar is also a proud alumni of both Waldorf and Wartburg Colleges.  The Pikes Peak Arts Council recently awarded Stinar the "2006 Best Solo Classical Music Performance" for his role as Calaf in Turandot with the Opera Theatre of the Rockies.

With over 15 years of teaching experience at university, public and private schools, Stinar specializes in operatic and musical theater techniques for singers, actors and dancers.  Stinar's methodology combines the best that "speech level singing" and the classical "bel canto" singing techniques have to offer.  Through his voice studio in Denver, he offers private singing lessons, master classes, and recitals. Stinar  strives to realize each student's full vocal and artistic potential as a unique singer and actor. Stinar's students have been accepted to prominent music schools and summer programs across the country and they have developed successful careers having performed from Broadway to the regional stages.  Recently one of Stinar's students was even nominated for a Grammy.  Stinar's former students are now attending such prestigious schools as the San Francisco Conservatory, NYU (Tisch and Cap21), Berklee School of Music, Julliard, Eastman, Cincinnati Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Roosevelt, University of Denver, Cal Arts, Point Park University, CU Boulder, University of the Arts, AMDA,and the University of Oklahoma. Stinar is also a proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

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Nessun Dorma from Turandot

Non piangere Liu from Turandot

Music of the Night
from Phantom

Ingemisco from
Verdi's Requiem

Upcoming & Recent Performances

Manrico in Il Trovatore with Opera Fort Collins - Fort Collins, CO
A Christmas Celebration with the Jefferson Symphony - Golden, CO
Artist Series Recital at Waldorf College - Forest City, IA
Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the CC Summer Music Festival - COS, CO
An Evening of Opera with the Jefferson Symphony - Golden, CO
Lecture Recital and Master Class at ILCC - Estherville, IA
A Night in Old Vienna with the Arapahoe Philharmonic - Denver, CO
Don José in Carmen with Opera Theatre of the Rockies - Colorado Springs, CO
The Prince in Rusalka with Oklahoma Opera Theater - Norman, OK
Canio in I Pagliacci with Opera Fort Collins - Fort Collins, CO
An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber with
Resident Artists Recital at Denver School of the Arts - Denver, CO
Rossini's Stabat Mater with the Greeley Chorale - Greeley, CO
Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Oklahoma Opera Theater - Norman, OK
Verdi's Requiem with the  Arapahoe Philharmonic - Denver, CO
Calaf in Turandot with  Opera Theatre of the Rockies - Colorado Springs, CO
Alfredo in La Traviata with  Oklahoma Opera Theater - Norman, OK

Do I Love You from Cinderella

I Am The Starlight from Starlight Express

Oh What A Beautiful Mornin from Oklahoma

Beethoven's 9th Symphony