Tenor Brian Skoog hails from Birmingham, Alabama. He was recently acclaimed for his portrayal of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Circle Cleveland. He previously appeared with Opera Circle as Jenik in The Bartered Bride and Goro in Madama Butterfly. Mr. Skoog is a former Bonfils-Stanton Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera, as well as a graduate of the Aspen Opera Theatre Center. In addition to his work on the operatic stage, Mr. Skoog is also an active performer of oratorio and concert repertoire. He frequently appears in concert in and around Cleveland, and has been featured on several concerts with M.U.S.i.C., including a performance with the M.U.S.i.C. International Chamber Orchestra in 2015. In his home state, he recently appeared as the tenor soloist for Handel’s Messiah with the Alabama Civic Choral and members of the Alabama Symphony.
Mr. Skoog received both Masters and Professional Studies degrees in Vocal Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Vinson Cole. He received his undergraduate degree (also in Vocal Performance) from the University of Alabama, studying with Sandra Walker and Doff Procter. While at CIM, he sang many leading operatic roles, including Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Tito in La clemenza di Tito, the Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Oronte in Alcina, Paolino in Il matrimonio segreto, Aeneas in Dido & Aeneas, and the Witch in Hänsel und Gretel.