Brent Turner

Brent Turner

Dramatic/Heroic Tenor (Heldentenor)

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«"For me the surprise of the evening however, was the heartfelt, beautifully interpreted Florestan of Brent Turner. I have judged this artist in a few competitons over the last few years and I was not prepared for this mangificent singing of this terrifyingly difficult music. Turner posesses the right color of voice and physical presence for this heroic role yet in the recognition of Leonore, he was able to express vulnerabilty and essential thankfulness at her heroism as well.»
«"Turner, whose hometown is Oviedo, Fla., was impressive in music by Wagner and Weber, displaying both dramatic power and lyric grace. His performance of a number from Weber’s Der Freischutz was especially gripping."»
- Star Telegram (2017)
«"Turner's rendition of "La fleur que tu m'avais jetee" (The flower that you threw me) shows off his skill as an actor as well as the beauty of his voice, sailing effortlessly over the orchestra."»
- The Post-Standard (2017)
2018Beethoven: FidelioFlorestan
2018Beethoven: FidelioFlorestan
2017Bizet: CarmenDon José
2017Bizet: CarmenLe Remendado
2016Puts: Silent NightKronprinz
2016Beethoven: FidelioFlorestan
2016Floyd: Of Mice and MenCarlson
2016Wagner: Die WalküreSiegmund
2014Strauss J.: Die FledermausGabriel Von Eisenstein
2014Floyd: SusannahSam Polk


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 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.Last year, 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 Walkure, the title role of Lohengrin, Erik in Der Fliedende Hollander, and Froh/Loge in Das Rheingold.   Other roles include Max in von Weber's Der Freischutz, Bacchus in R. Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, Florestan in Beethoven's Fidelio, Don Jose in Bizet's Carmen,  Sam Polk in Floyd's Susannah, and Einsenstein in J. Strauss' Die Fledermaus. Mr. Turner has participated with several major Young Artist and Apprentice Programs including Santa Fe Opera, Utah Opera, Tulsa Opera,    Ash lawn Opera, Opera North, Opera Saratoga, Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Brevard Music Center, and V.O.I.C.ExperienceTurner 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.

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Puts: Silent Night Kronprinz Arizona Opera Company (Phoenix) 2019
Beethoven: Fidelio Florestan West Bay Opera 2018
Beethoven: Fidelio Florestan Pacifc Opera Victoria 2018
Bizet: Carmen Don José 1 week Heartbeat Opera 2017
Bizet: Carmen Le Remendado Austin Lyric Opera (austin) 2017


Grand PrIZE - MCcammon Voice Competition
Grand Prize - James Toland Vocal Competition
Grand Prize - NJ State opera Competition
Grand Prize - mary jacobs smith singer of the year
grand prize - peter elvins vocal Competition
1st place - florida suncoast opera competition
grand prize - orpheus vocal competition
2nd place - dallas opera competition