Based in Chicago, Brian Hupp is a performing artist in both Opera and Music Theater. He has worked with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera on the James, Indianapolis Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Columbus, St. Petersburg Opera, Pittsburgh Festival Opera and Opera Project Columbus among others. He has also appeared in concert as a soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Butler University Chamber Orchestra, Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, the Southeastern Ohio Symphony, Heisey Wind Ensemble, and the Ohio State University Orchestra.
For the 2022-2023 season, Brian will take part in a concert titled "The Every Person's Guide to Opera" in Minnesota. He will be a Guest Soloist as part of a Fundraising Gala for Music Theater Works. He will be singing in Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Don Carlos, as a member of the ensemble. He will then appear as a Soloist at Duke University, in their annual performance of Messiah. In the spring, he will be covering the title role in the world premiere of The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing with Chicago Opera Theater.
During the 2021-22 season, He was in the ensemble of Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Macbeth. He then played Father in Ragtime, in a company debut with Music Theater Works. He was also the understudy for Man #1 in My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra at Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights. In December, he was a Featured Artist as part of St. Petersburg Opera's Holiday Sparkle series of concerts. In April, he sang the roles of Der Gendarme, and Der Direktor in the American Premiere of Erich Korngold's rarely heard Die Kathrin, at the University of Chicago with Chicago Folks Operetta. He also performed for the first time with Grant Park Music Festival and the Ravinia Festival.
For the 2019-20 season, Brian performed the role of the Wolf in Pinocchio at St. Petersburg Opera. He then made his Chicagoland stage debut with Citadel Theatre, reprising his role as El Gallo. He was also featured as a soloist with the Chicago-based CHAI Collaborative Ensemble, in a program entitled Beethoven's Ghost. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, productions of Götterdämmerung (Ensemble) at Lyric Opera of Chicago, La fille du régiment (Hortensius) at St. Petersburg Opera, and Fairytale at the Grand Hotel (Albert) with Chicago Folks Operetta were all cancelled.
Brian began the 2018-19 season with St. Petersburg Opera, covering the title role in Don Giovanni. He appeared as a soloist in a New Year's Eve concert with the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, featuring the music of Cole Porter. In January, he performed Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow with Opera Project Columbus. In the spring, he sang his first Escamillo in a concert performance of Carmen with the Amherst Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts. Brian is currently engaged with Des Moines Metro Opera as part of their Apprentice Artist Program, covering Dr. Pangloss, Voltaire, and Martin in Candide.
As part of the 2017-18 season, Brian performed Marcello in La bohème with Mid Ohio Opera, a concert of Gershwin favorites with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, and the title role in an English adaptation of Mozart's Don Giovanni, renamed #UncleJohn, as part of the Opera on the Edge Series, presented in collaboration with Opera Columbus and Shadowbox Theater. Brian returned to Weathervane Playhouse as Warren Sheffield in Meet Me in St. Louis. He made his debut with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra as part of their New Year's Eve Gala. Other company debuts included Opera on the James as Dandini, in an English production of La Cenerentola, and St. Petersburg Opera, covering Harold Hill in The Music Man.
In the 2016-17 season, Brian was a Resident Artist with Indianapolis Opera, where he was featured as a soloist in a number of concerts and special events, and toured throughout the state of Indiana, performing outreach shows to students and the elderly. Brian returned to Opera Columbus to sing Le Dancaïre in Carmen. He debuted with Dare 2 Defy Productions in Dayton, OH in the role of Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls. Brian was featured as a soloist with Heisey Wind Ensemble in Newark, OH as part of their annual Christmas concert. Brian gave a recital in Mansfield, OH on behalf of Mid-Ohio Opera. He was also a member of the Apprentice Artist Program at Des Moines Metro Opera for their 2017 summer festival season, covering Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music.
The 2015-16 season included performances of Armide (Aronte) with Opera Columbus and BalletMet, a company debut with the Renaissance Arts Group as Bob Wallace in White Christmas, the title role in Sweeney Todd as a guest artist with the Ohio State University Opera and Lyric Theatre, a concert version of La Traviata (Marquis) with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Project Columbus, covering the role of Figaro, and singing Fiorello, and El Gallo in The Fantasticks with Short North Stage in Columbus, Ohio.
Brian has completed Young Artist Programs at Des Moines Metro Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera on the James, St. Petersburg Opera, Utah Festival Opera, and Pittsburgh Festival Opera. He completed his Graduate Level Studies at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH where he received an MM in Vocal Performance.