Website of Bryan Kesselman

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Bryan Kesselman AGSMD is a composer, musical director, opera singer and author. He studied singing and piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In June 2016 he was in Zimbabwe for the world premiere of his new choral/orchestral work Zimbabwe Suite. The British premiere took place at St John's Wood Church, London later the same year; further performances took place in November 2019. He has been commissioned several times to compose music for Bentley Priory, headquarters of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. Fighter Command and the Battle for Britain was first performed there in 2015, and RAF 100 in 2018. In October 2009 Bryan and Philip Barnett founded the first Tonic Choir. There are now 4 Tonic choirs with a total of 200 members. The choirs have performed at the South Bank Centre, the Roundhouse, Blenheim Palace and other venues. He has sung with a number of opera companies as principal baritone, has musically directed several productions of operas and musicals, and is a member of the Millennium Awards Fellowship. As baritone soloist, highlights include a performance of Bloch's Avodath Hakodesh at St Paul's Cathedral conducted by Yehudi Menuhin. His first book Paddington Pollaky, Private Detective was published by the History Press in 2015. His second book The Madness of Captain Mills is also now available.
Opera Roles have included:
Dr Bartolo (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Papageno (The Magic Flute), Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Macheath (The Beggar’s Opera), Smirnov (The Bear), Monsieur André (Phantom of the Opera), Sacristan (Tosca), Benoit & Alcindoro (La Bohème), Frank (Die Fledermaus), Dancairo (Carmen), Ko-Ko (The Mikado), Jack Point (The Yeomen of the Guard), Sir Joseph/Captain Corcoran (HMS Pinafore), Major General/Sergeant of Police (Pirates of Penzance), Learned Judge/Counsel (Trial by Jury), Sir Despard (Ruddigore)

Bryan has appeared with the following companies:
Opera Europa (Holland Park Festival), Mid Wales Opera, I Commedianti, Opera Italiana, Opera West, Hatstand Opera, Covent Garden Festival, Opera Box, European Chamber Opera, Opera da Camera, Chelsea Opera Group, Grims Dyke Opera, The New Savoyards of London, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd,
Opera Ireland, Wexford Festival Opera
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As Captain Macheath (The Beggars Opera) Opera West 1995

Oratorio and Concert Repertoire include (as Baritone or Bass soloist):
Bach, JS — Magnificat in D
                 Cantatas: 80-Ein feste Burg, 131-Aus der Tiefe rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, 147-Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben,
                                158-Der Friede sei mit dir, 212-Peasant Cantata
Beethoven — Mass in C
Bloch — Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service)
Fauré — Requiem
Handel — Messiah, Samson
Mozart — Missa Brevis in F, Missa in C (KV 258)
Pergolesi — Magnificat
Puccini — Messe di gloria
Rossini — Petite Messe Solenelle
Schubert — Psalm 92 Tov Lehodot
Zeisl — Requiem Ebraico

Bryan teaches singing in NW London.

Musical studies:
Guildhall School of Music and Drama:
Walther Gruner, Rudolf Piernay, Neil Howlett; Piano: Mary Peppin; Musicianship & Conducting: Alan Hazeldine
also with:
Oliver Broome (singing); Richard Muncey (piano, theory and composition); Arthur Haley (theory and composition)