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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.

Kevin Seawright Hopes to Improve the Lives of Newark Citizens

Kevin Seawright has recently been announced as the new leader of the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, PR Newswire reports. Seawright is a well known figure to those who have their finger on the pulse of community programs and local government leadership in the northeast of the US. The man newly appointed by the Newark CEDC has held many positions within the City of Baltimore government as he assisted in improving the financial and community based image of the city. Seawright has spent a large amount of his career in Baltimore and is often seen as one of the reasons the city saw an increase in financial savings and community outreach during his period of time as a city official.

The Newark CEDC is now hoping the same levels of success can be transferred to his work in New Jersey where the organization is hoping to improve its success rate at providing financial and real estate improvements to the lives of its citizens. Under the leadership of Seawright the Newark CEDC is hoping to improve the number of real estate developments it provides loans and advice for, including those to improve existing buildings to provide a kick start to struggling neighborhoods. Entrepreneurship is another area Kevin Seawright and the Newark CEDC will be hoping to see a great increase in the number of programs begun. The CEDC provides advice and funding options to small business within the community and is looking to the private sector skills of Seawright to improve performance in these areas.