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Brian Mulligan: Strong Talent, Strong Roles

Operatic baritone Brian Mulligan’s talent was noticed by the opera world early. While still studying at Julliard, he debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in Die Frau Ohne Schatten (The Lady without a Shadow). That was in 2003, and since then he’s gone on to a number of notable roles.

One of his most applauded roles was that of Nixon in John Adams’ Nixon in China, performed in San Francisco in 2012. San Francisco Classical Voice (sfcv.org.) described the opera as “strongly cast and beautifully played” and said that Mulligan sang with “lyric beauty.” It was also noted he “looked and moved spookily like the late President.” Mulligan has often appeared in San Francisco, and has played Marcello in La Boheme and Valentin in Faust there.

In September of 2015, also in San Francisco, Mulligan starred in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, as the murderous barber who returns to London from prison to seek revenge for wrongful conviction. KQED Arts (kqed.org) says that Mulligan “explores the full emotional despair and madness of the title role dramatically.” “His voice has a wonderful richness,” reviewer Charlise Tiee writes, “that inspires sympathy but can also crackle with anger and craziness.” It’s an absorbing role for Mulligan, with lyrics such as these describing London: “There’s a hole in the world like a great black pit / and the vermin of the world inhabit it.”

Mulligan has performed throughout the United States at the New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and Los Angeles Opera, among many others; and also sung internationally at Oper Frankfurt, Opernhaus Zurich, and with the English National Opera and the Canadian Opera Company.

In a 2012 interview on Operawarhorses.com, Mulligan said he got his start in opera by appearing in high school musicals, where a teacher recognized he was really gifted. “My high school teacher Gloria Richardson encouraged me to get some serious vocal training,” he said. “Becoming a real opera singer seemed like an impossible challenge, and I’m a terrible sucker for a challenge.”

Mulligan was born in Endicott, New York, and studied at both Yale and Julliard. His voice teacher at Julliard was W. Stephen Smith, who he still works with. Mulligan holds dual Irish and American citizenship, and has been named one of Irish American Magazine’s top Irish Americans.

Tom Rothman Joins Forces With Edgar Wright For Rock-And-Roll Car Chase Movie

Following his high-profile exit from Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man film, director Edgar Wright has landed his next project, which will team him with producer Tom Rothman of TriStar Productions.

According to hollywoodreporter.com, Wright has inked a deal to direct a movie entitled Baby Driver. The story, which is an original idea conceived by Wright, revolves around the best getaway driver in the business whose secret to success is his personal soundtrack that he drives to. The driver’s world begins to crumble when he is forced to drive for a notorious crime boss. He then finds his life and those he loves in jeopardy when a heist he is driving for goes wrong.

Ansel Elgort, one of the stars of Fault in Our Stars, is being considered for the Baby Driver lead role. Because of the musical nature of the character and the movie, Elgort might prove to be an ideal choice as he also works as a professional DJ when he is not acting. Elgort will next appear onscreen in March’s sequel to Divergent called Insurgent.

TriStar will co-finance the movie with MRC. Nira Park and Working Title will serve as producers.

Rothman told The Hollywood Reporter that TriStar Productions is dedicated to backing original voices like Wright’s in Hollywood. He also praised MRC and Working Title as great partners that will help deliver what Rothman descried as “the ultimate rock-and-roll car chase film.

Wright was in the pre-preproduction stages of filming Ant-Man before disagreements with Marvel Studios forced him out of directing the film. His last film to grace the big screen was 2013’s The World’s End, which starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.