Cast Bio: Branch Fields – Mephistopheles

Branch Fields, whom Opera America describes as “a bass of resonant richness,” and The New York Times declared to be “a gifted young bass,” is delighting audiences and critics alike, whether it be in opera, concert, or musical theater. He has sung with Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Carolina, Michigan Opera Theatre, Utah Opera, Opera San Jose, and many other regional companies throughout the U.S.

In concert, Branch has performed with the Munich Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and the American Symphony Orchestra.

Branch’s versatility as a singing actor led to his Broadway debut in SOUTH PACIFIC, understudying the role of Emile de Becque in the Lincoln Center Theater production, which won seven Tony Awards. Branch has been nominated for ‘Best Actor in a Musical” awards for his Emile de Becque by theater critic circles in Boston, Massachusetts, and Richmond, Virginia.

Engagements in the 2016/17 season included the world premiere of the opera version of Kurt Vonnegut’s play HAPPY BIRTHDAY WANDA JUNE at Indianapolis Opera with, set to music by Richard Aulden Clark. His season continued with an invitation to Opera Company of Middlebury’s 10th Anniversary Season Gala singing the role of Sarastro THE MAGIC FLUTE, a return to Opera in Williamsburg as Count Monterone RIGOLETTO and performances as guest bass soloist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s lecture series at Lincoln Center. He sang two performances Messiah in the Tidewater area in December, at the Williamsburg UMC and with Symphonicity’s sing-along at the Sandler Center and was heard as William Dale in Opera San Jose’s production of SILENT NIGHT in January and February of 2017.

Upcoming engagements include Angelotti and Sciarrone TOSCA at Bozeman Opera, the Vet ANIMAL TALES for Ardea Arts and the world premiere of AN EXTRA PENNY at Louisburg College in North Carolina.  This will be Branch’s St. Petersburg Opera Company debut.


FAUST 2017 – Méphistophélès