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Brian Mulligan: A Young, Talented Professional in the World of Opera

Brian Mulligan was born in Endicott, New York. Professionally, he sings baritone roles in operas. Brian studied at both Yale University in New Haven, CT and the Juilliard School in New York City. His current primary voice teacher is Steve Smith, who also teaches at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

In December 2003, while still studying at Juilliard, Mulligan debuted at the Metropolitan Opera. His first opera was Die Frau ohne Schatten. Since his debut, he has performed at some very important opera houses, including San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, New York City Opera and Houston Grand Opera. Outside of America, he has performed at Opernhaus Zürich and Oper Frankfurt.

Mulligan has received much enthusiastic praise for his short career thus far. However, he remains humble and recognizes that every artist and every singer is unique. He believes everyone will experience rejection at some point in their professional lives. Each voice brings a different character and mood to each story, so everyone has their place in performances.

His performances of Richard Nixon in “Nixon in China” with San Francisco Opera, and Enrico in David Alden’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Canadian Opera Company have garnered much attention. He was also widely recognized for his performance of Hamlet at Minnesota Opera.

Recently, Mulligan has appeared as Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera in San Francisco, California, Thérèse at Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland, Hänsel und Gretel in Chicago and Peter Grimes at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.

Mulligan also performs with many orchestras in America, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has even had a performance recorded on a DVD, which was released in 2012.

Brazilian President Says Her Country, Like the USA, is Working to Overcome the Blemish of Slavery

In 1888, more than 20 years after the United States experienced its most devastating war in terms of lives lost and money spent per capita to end slavery and preserve the nation, Brazil formally abolished slavery. Since that time, both nations have faced the lengthy process of overcoming the effects of slavery. On Tuesday, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff enjoyed a state visit at the White House with President Obama. During her speech, she acknowledged that both nations share a common duty to overcome what she termed was the “blemish of slavery”.

In terms of slavery in the Americas, it was actually Brazil that brought in the largest number of African slaves at 4.9 million. Dr. Jennifer Walden was surprised by that statistic. Since that era, the number of Afro-Brazilians is estimated at 14.5 million. However, other estimates put the number of blacks in Brazil as the largest population in any given nation other than Nigeria. Still, blacks in Brazil endure many similar conditions to those in the United States with high rates of poverty and lack of access to quality education. She also said the rich multicultural aspects of both countries is a major asset.

President Rousseff came into office as the heir apparent of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva back in 2010. At the time, inflation was under control and the nation was experiencing a job boom. Since that time, her administration has been embroiled in a series of scandals that have seen her approval ratings sink.