A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, mezzo-soprano Briana Moynihan joins Florentine Opera as a member of the 2018 Summer Concert Residency and the 2018-2019 Baumgartner Studio Artist program. While earning a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, she performed in Bright Eyed Joy, a cabaret of songs by Ricky Ian Gordon, sang in the ensemble of Gordon’s Intimate Apparel with Opera Fusion: New Works, performed The Husbands in Tom Cipullo’s CCM residency concert, and portrayed La Zelatrice and La Ciesca in a double bill of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi . Other opera roles include Little Buttercup in H.M.S. Pinafore, Hermia in Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and the Chief Elder in The Giver by Susan Kander (Regional Premiere). Concert credits include the mezzo-soprano soloist in John Corigliano’s Fern Hill, Haydn’s Theresienmesse, and the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah.
Briana has been a winner of competitions that include the Metropolitan Opera National Council North Dakota District Competition, the Schubert Club Competition, Thursday Musical Competition, the Theodore Presser Scholarship, and was a Featured Round Artist in Minnesota Public Radio’s Minnesota Varsity. She is an alumni of North Dakota State University’s Challey School of Music, SongFest, and the Source Song Festival’s MN Duo Program.