Brendan trained at the Cork School of Music and the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and was granted a scholarship to study at the Opera Studio of La Monnaie de Munt in Brussels under renowned bass-baritone José van Dam.
His Opera Theatre Company credits include Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Marullo in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Elviro in Handel’s Xerses and Bartolo in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.
Other roles include the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Conte Almaviva Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Marcello Puccini’s La bohème, Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, Tonio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Alfio in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Pere Germont Verdi’s La traviata, Paolo Albiani in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, Yamadori in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Fiorello in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Count Gil in Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna.
He made his Irish National Opera debut as Crespel in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann in September 2018, has also appeared in productions by Opera Ireland, Cork Operatic Society, Wide Open Opera, Lyric Opera Productions, Dublin, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English Touring Opera, Scottish Opera, Iford Arts Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, and Northern Ireland Opera. He has performed across Ireland, the UK, Europe, the Middle East and the United States at many of the world’s leading venues including the Royal Albert Hall, London (at the BBC Proms under Andrew Davies), Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York (under Mark Elder), Kennedy Center, Washington DC, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Théâtre de Luxembourg, and at the Stephansdom in Vienna, and the Kajetanekirche in Salzburg.