"Sounded like a young Chris Merritt in the virtuosic Rossini arias. Yeakley is ready to hit major opera stages soon."
San Francisco Civic Center
"Yeakley has a very bright high tenor and...he acquitted himself well on the concert stage."
"Yeakley is a confident singer and actor with a clear, powerful voice..."
Brian Ross Yeakley (recent bio)
Brian Ross Yeakley is a Houston, Texas based tenor originally from Wichita, Kansas. After a long road of applied vocal music education from Wichita State University (Bachelors 2012) and University of Houston (Masters 2014, Artist Diploma 2020), Yeakley is proud to call Houston his home base. Yeakley attended training programs from Florence, Italy (2011) through various high profile United States young artist programs, all the while having professional guest artist contracts in between. Notably among programs attended include Wolf Trap Opera (2013); Glimmerglass Opera Festival (2014); Opera Saratoga (2015); Virginia Opera (2016-2017). After consecutive travelling work in these years, Yeakley decided to create a home base in Houston, Texas and begin his establishing roots with his own local opera company (Operativo Houston est. 2016-present) and began professional contracts in more regional companies and orchestras. Highlights include Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco (2014-2015); Bach Society Houston (2016); Houston Symphony (2016); Austin Symphony (2017); Opera in the Heights (2017-2018); Austin Opera (2018). Due to the pandemic, Yeakley has had work rescheduled or cancelled from Moores Opera Center; Operativo’s Cendrillon as Production Manager; San Antonio Opera debut; Opera Saratoga. Yeakley is optomistic the Houston performing arts scene will pull through in this trying time.
About Brian Ross Yeakley
Brian Yeakley grew up in the suburbs of Bel Aire in Wichita, Kansas. He attended school from Kindergarten through the end of high school at Wichita North High School. After receiving his diploma, Yeakley began his studies at Wichita State University as a musical theater major and after changing majors, he obtained his Bachelor's degree in Music (Vocal Performance). From this point, he decided to take the next step in his career by attending the University of Houston for his Master's Degree in Applied Music (Opera). Since arriving in Houston, Yeakley has had tremendous opportunities to sing with many companies such as Glimmerglass Opera Festival and Wolf Trap Opera Company, even singing with local orchestras such as Mercury Baroque, Victoria Symphony, and Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church. Yeakley also is an inspired entrepeneur and is Founder and Artistic Director of Operativo Houston, a company driven to provide more work for the local artist. After recieving tremendous support from his family in Wichita, Yeakley continues to work extremely hard to build a successful operatic stage career, and make the field of performance art more accessible to audience and performers alike.