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Brian Frutiger

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January 13, 2019

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Brian returns to Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC at the end of April for Salome.


Brian Frutiger has appeared across the United States in over 100 roles in theater, music theater, opera, and operetta. In the Twin Cities he has appeared with Penumbra Theatre in The Owl Answers (Chaucer) and with Theater Latté Da in All is CalmOliver! (Mr. Sowerberry) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney). Other credits include appearances with such companies as TheatreWorks (CA), Paper Mill Playhouse, Music Theatre of Wichita, Shakespeare’s Motley Crew (Chicago), San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Des Moines Metro Opera, Sarasota Opera and Spoleto Festival USA. Since 2008, Brian has been a regular company member of The Metropolitan Opera. www.brianfrutiger.com


"I am the very Model of a Modern Major General" from Gilbert & Sullivan's THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

"Wer hälfe mir" (Mime) from Wagner's DAS RHEINGOLD

"Jour et nuit" (Frantz) from Offenbach's LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN



UPCOMING: Salome  - Spoleto Festival USA

TWIN CITIES: Penumbra Theatre; The Owl Answers (Chaucer), Dutchman (Rider). Theater Latté Da; All is Calm (Ensemble), Oliver! (Mr. Sowerberry), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney)

CHICAGO: Julius Caesar (Metellus Cimber/Titinius) Shakespeare's Motley Crew, Romeo and Juliet (Montegue/Peter) Arts/Lane's Productions/Halstead Theater, The Hokey Pokey (Kevin) Playwrights' Workshop

REGIONAL: The Student Prince (Ensemble) Paper Mill Playhouse, Dessa Rose (Robert Steele/Mr. Oscar) TheatreWorks (CA), My Fair Lady (Jamie) Music Theatre of Wichita, Amistad (Abolitionist Tappan) Spoleto Festival USA   

OPERA: Des Moines Metro Opera; Manon Emmy Award winning production (Guillot de Morfontaine), Turandot (Pang), Die Fledermaus (Frosch). The Metropolitan Opera; Ariadne auf Naxos (Scaramuccio), Adriana Lecouvreur (Poisson), Romeo et Juliette (Benvolio), Boris Godunov - Live in HD (Boyar in Attendance), Capriccio - Live in HD (Servant), The Nose - Live in HD (Ensemble), From the House of the Dead (Skuratov-cover), Der Rosenkavalier - Live in HD Grammy Award nominated video recording (Waiter)

EDUCATION: MM-Wichita State University (Voice, Opera), BFA-Drake University (Musical Theater, Acting), Studio ACT 

TRAINING: Basic German and Italian, juggling, dialects, sight reading, can also pronounce French, Russian and Czech.

AWARDS: "And where did Latté Da find Brian Frutiger? He plays three adult roles with pitch-perfect distinction and a voice that rings with operatic strength." -STAR TRIBUNE, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Theater Latté Da

“Although Frosch is a relatively minor character in the operetta, Brian Frutiger quite frankly stole the entire last act in my opinion. His physical comedy and drunken slur had the audience in stitches during his first scene, and I think he could have kept ad libbing for an hour without any complaints from the crowd. (If someone could please write "Frosch, the One Man Show: Starring Brian Frutiger", I would buy a ticket immediately!)” SCHMOPERA, Die Fledermaus, Des Moines Metro Opera