"...Superb, dramatically astute"
NEW YORK TIMES
"Steven Brennfleck...offered equal portions of elegant and dramatic phrasing"
"Brennfleck sang the dying swan on a spit fearlessly even though it's pitched in the upper stratosphere"
OREGON MUSIC NEWS
Praised by the New York Times as “dramatically astute” and a “stand out” performer, tenor Steven Brennfleck has been consistently acknowledged for his consummate artistry, vocal flexibility, and moving interpretations on the operatic and concert stage. His operatic credits include Laurie in Adamo’s Little Women, Dr. Binch in Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry, El Remendado (Carmen), Cégeste in Glass’ Orphée, Beppe (I Pagliacci), Testo in Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Parpignol (La Bohème), Pang (Turandot), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), Tobias Ragg (Sweeney Todd), The Madwoman (Curlew River) and Gonsalve (L’Heure Espagnol) with companies including American Opera Projects, the Caramoor Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Opera Piccola of San Antonio, Portland Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, The Tanglewood Festival, Theatre Nohgaku and the Westminster Opera Theatre.
Mr. Brennfleck made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 in Handel’s Messiah under the baton of Andrew Megill. He was also among the first artists chosen for the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar under the direction of Stephanie Blythe. During the 2014/15 season he returned to Carnegie Hall in a performance with the MET Chamber Ensemble in a performance of Charles Wuorinen’s cantata It Happens Like This. He has collaborated with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Princeton Baroque Orchestra, LA International New Music Festival, June in Buffalo Festival, Temple Symphony Orchestra, Abington Symphony Orchestra, Westminster Festival Orchestra, and Princeton Pro Musica in works such as Bach’s B Minor Mass, Magnificat, and St. John Passion, Britten’s Cantata Misericordium, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and Missa St. Nicholas, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Mass in C minor, Requiem, and Vesperae Solennes del Confessore, and Saint-Saen’s Christmas Oratorio.
His performances during the 2016/17 season include performances with the Alamo City Opera (Don Ramiro, Cenerentola), American Bach Soloists, The Austin Symphony Orchestra, Chorus Austin, The Georgetown Festival of the Arts, and the Round Rock Symphony.
Mr. Brennfleck is a native of Ewing, NJ and currently resides in Austin, TX In addition to his performance schedule, he is also conductor of the Ars Longa Ensemble, and a certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique.
STEVEN BRENNFLECK, TENOR
Steven Brennfleck is currently the conductor of Austin’s newest professional choir, the Ars Longa Ensemble. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, he has been chosen as a fellow for some of the country’s top training programs: Chorus America’s Choral/Orchestral Conducting Masterclass, The Oregon Bach Festival, and The Voices of Ascension Conductor Academy.
As a guest clinician and presenter, he has collaborated with choral programs and festivals with the Hamptons Music Educators Association, Montclair State University, the Princeton Day School, Rider University, San Jose State University, Temple University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Westminster Choir College. Additional posts include assistant conducting of the Greater South Jersey Chorus, Montclair State University Chorale, Rutgers University-Camden Singers, the Westminster Chapel Choir, and the Westminster Conservatory Youth Chorale.
Dr. Brennfleck received his terminal degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was conductor of the Women’s Chorus and assistant conductor for the Choral Arts Society, the UT Chamber Singers, and the Butler Opera Center. Prior to his studies in Texas, he served as Director of Choral Activities and Liturgical Music at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA where he led the University’s three choral ensembles.
What is the Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique was developed by F.M. Alexander over 100 years ago. After suffering from a voice disorder that crippled his acting career, Alexander set off on a long period of self-observation and experimentation in an effort to overcome his problem. What he discovered were habiitual patterns of tension that were interfering with the proper functioning of his voice. After noticing the same habits in other actors he began to teach what he had learned to the general public. Over a hundred years later, hundreds of teachers have been trained in his Technique and even more people have experienced the benefits of reduced tension, stress, and anxiety, relief from back and joint pain, increased stamina, and improved performance.
Steven Brennfleck has been a student of the Alexander Technique since 2004. He completed a 3-year, 1600 hour training program in 2016 at the Alexander Technique Moving Arts Center in Austin, TX where he studied under second generation teacher, Sumi Komo.
Steven offers private instruction, masterclasses, and presentations to both musicians and non-musicians alike!
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