Brian Mulligan is an American Baritone Opera singer who started his career in high school musicals. He auditioned at age 17 as he was doing various tenor roles like Motel Kamazoil in Fiddler on the Roof by Bock and Bernstein’s West Side Story where he played Tony. He grew up in Endicott in South Central New York State with a family that emigrated from the Irish County of Leitrin. Brian Mulligan went to Yale University for his studies and later joined the Juilliard School.
Brian got interested with opera after his high school teacher Gloria Richardson motivated him to get vocal training. She introduced him to Todd Geer who at the time worked with Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton in New York. Todd also happened to be a San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow. He introduced him to the massive world of opera by giving him many videotapes and CD’s of opera. After watching them, Brian Mulligan was hooked and became more interested in learning the languages and history that appealed to him intellectually. With a series of practices, Brian gained confidence in his opera performances and was soon ready to hit the ground running.
Brian Mulligan made his debut in Die Frau ohne Scatten at the Metropolitan Opera in December 2003 while he was still a student at the prestigious Juilliard School. From there, he has performed at a number of important opera houses across the world that includes the San Francisco Opera where he debuted as Marcello in La Boheme. While performing at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Brian debuted in Lucia di Lammermoor as Enrico, Opernhaus Zurich in Pique Dame debuting as Yeletsky and Los Angeles Opera where he debuted in Die Vogel as Parametheus. Apart from the above opera houses, he has also been featured in New York City Opera, Oper Frankfurt, and Houston Grand Opera.
Brian Mulligan has won many accolades in his career. In 2008, the Irish American Magazine listed him as one of the Finest in Dance, Music and Acting. He was ranked as the Top 100 Irish Americans in Music, Dance and Acting. It is important to point out that he has also received critical acclaim in his performance in Nixon in China as Richard Nixon, which he performed with the San Francisco Opera. In addition, Brian Mulligan received positive reviews from critics in his role as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, which was produced by David Alden at the Canadian Opera Company.
David Letterman is retiring and his final show will be soon. Personally, I’m sad to see Dave leave the airwaves.
Letterman has been on the air since the 1980’s. He’s gone from being someone on very late at night and not quite ready for prime time to a much more mainstream presence. One reason I like Letterman is that he still just seems like a nutty guy from high school despite how much fame and success he achieves. It’s always amusing and inspiring to me when I see super models and movie stars on his show. He always seems to me like a guy who should be working at a tractor dealership back in Indiana.
One of the best parts of Letterman’s shows, in my opinion, were the “Stupid Pet Tricks” segments. Now those were really funny, and they should have been called “Smart Pet Tricks” since there were some really clever animals on there. Some of the pet owners were stupid, though. I remember one guy at the Boraie Development LLC station who let his pet tarantula crawl down his throat and back out. That’s just dumb.
Bandleader Paul Shaffer has been a key part of Letterman’s success, and I don’t feel like he has gotten the credit he deserves. It’s hard to imagine anyone else running the Letterman band so well, and he’s been a great foil and straight man for all Letterman’s gags over the years.