Brian Jensen: Baritone

October 2019: Apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan, Part 3


Baritone Brian Jensen has sung across the country and around the globe, from California to New York state, from Europe to his hometown Santa Barbara. He has performed with the Music Academy of the West, Opera Santa Barbara, Nickel City Opera (Buffalo), Lyric Opera of Orange County, Independent Opera Company (Los Angeles), Redlands Opera Theatre, Intimate Opera Company (Pasadena), Musica Viva (Redlands), Pass Chorale (Banning), Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Choral Society, Santa Barbara Master Chorale, and other companies.

Roles in Mr. Jensen's repertoire range from the comic to the diabolical, including Gianni Schicchi, Guglielmo, Figaro, Barnaba, Sulpice, Masetto, Boatswain's Mate, and Rapunzel's Prince. He has also performed scenes as Count Almaviva, Escamillo, Rigoletto, Zurga, Giovanni, Ben, and many others.

Most recently, Mr. Jensen has sung several roles with Independent Opera Company. For several years, he was a resident artist with Redlands Opera Theatre, where his performances were received with high praise. Mr. Jensen was guest soloist at the C.S. Lewis Foundation's 2014 Oxbridge conference in England, during which he sang in King's College Chapel, St. John's Chapel, Magdalen College Chapel, and Ely Catheral. While attending the State University of New York at Buffalo, Mr. Jensen sang with Nickel City Opera.

Mr. Jensen has worked with Stephen Schwartz and students of the Music Academy of the West during a reading of Seance on a Wet Afternoon, an opera commissioned of Mr. Schwartz by Opera Santa Barbara and premiered during their 2009–10 season. He performed in the Academy's 2009 Summer Festival opera production of Thomas' Mignon, and in their 2008 Festival production of Thomas Bolcom's A Wedding.

From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Jensen sang with the Santa Barbara Choral Society, the resident chorus of Santa Barbara's historic Granada Theater, including several appearances of the Society with the Santa Barbara Symphony and the choir's 2008 production of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana with world premiere choreography performed by State Street Ballet. He has also sung with the Santa Barbara Master Chorale.

While attending Westmont College he sang with chamber and choral ensembles, both as a soloist and chorus member. He later returned to sing in various staged performances, such as their production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods and several opera scenes workshops and other recitals.

As a youth, Mr. Jensen played leading roles in numerous community theatrical productions, sang with community choirs, and contributed to the composition and performance of an original piece in Santa Barbara's Lobero Theater. He also acted in MGM's 1996 film House Arrest.

Mr. Jensen holds a Master of Arts in Music Theory from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Westmont College, where he also studied ballroom dancing and fencing.