Few individuals can make the claim that they have been a guest of, and performed for, three United States Presidents, the President of Mexico, United States Senator D'Amato, New York Governor Pataki, the Baron of Neyland, Wales Lord Gordon Parry and many others. Tenor sensation, Brian Woodward, is one of these highly talented individuals.
Woodward is the eldest son of two retired Philadelphia Police Officers. He was born in Gettysburg , PA and raised in Philadelphia , PA, and is now a resident of New York . He began singing at the age of 4, and by the age of 8 he was singing professional operatic boy soprano roles throughout North America and Europe with renowned Metropolitan Opera stars such as: Renata Scotto, Justino Diaz, John Vickers, Benita Valente and Teresa Stratas.
Woodward is an alumnus of Temple University and of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia , PA where he graduated from both. While attending these two highly regarded institutions, Woodward was featured in the operas: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cendrillon, A Love for Three Oranges, Cosi fan tutte,The Barber of Seville, Don Pasquale, Don Giovanni, Il Trittico, Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, Falstaff, The Magic Flute, Un Ballo in Maschera and Rumpelstiltskin.
Upon his graduation, he was signed by the Robert Lombardo & Associates Agency and was sought after by many opera companies around the country and would ultimately appear with the Des Moines Metro Opera, The Palm Beach Opera, Virginia Opera, Utah Festival Opera and The New York Grand Opera, to name just a few.
Woodward's operatic tenor debut was made as "Edmondo" in Puccini's Manon Lescaut with the New York Grand Opera in Central Park in July of 2002, and on January 31, 2003, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in Giuseppe Verdi's opera, Alzira . In October of 2004, Woodward made his leading tenor debut when he appeared as "Radames" in Aida with the Northeast Opera Project/Gateway Musical Society.
In March of 2003, the Welsh Society of Philadelphia invited Woodward to be the Guest of Honor at an awards banquet for the CEO/Chairman of Sony Worldwide, Sir Howard Stringer, who was their recipient of the Robert Morris Award. After the banquet, Sir Howard invited Woodward to Sony's Madison Avenue Headquarters to meet with Peter Gelb, Laura Mitgang and Jeremy Caulton, three Sony Classical executives, for a future recording contract.
Woodward is the proud five-time recipient of the Esther Boyer-Griswold Grant. He is also the recipient of the Excellence in Talent Award from the Pi Kappa Lambda Association, the Grand Prize Winner of the Orlando Opera's Heinz Rehfuss Award and he and his wife, Mina, are the inaugural recipients of the L'Esperienza Magazine's Most Valuable Person Award for Exemplifying the Italian-American experience. Woodward was most recently honored on April 21, 2005 at The 2005 New York State Sports & Entertainment Celebrity Gala as one of North America's Top Role Models for his outstanding contributions made to those in need.
When not performing an opera, Woodward appears throughout New York with his wife, Mina, a coloratura soprano, giving concerts. Newsday, The New York Times and other media entities have featured their most recent public concerts.
Most recently, Woodward performed at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, America 's oldest country club. Woodward appeared there as the Guest of Honor at the famous club's Sesquicentennial Celebration.
On April 30, 2005, Woodward debuted as "Cavaradossi" in Puccini's opera, Tosca, for the Rockland Opera. In March 2005, Woodward and his wife were signed by the Alexenburg Entertainment Group, Inc. and are personally managed by Ron Alexenburg the former president of 5 major record labels including CBS, Infinity and Epic. In the fall, both Brian and his wife (Mina) will be taping a PBS, HBO and Hallmark Network special to be aired later this year.