Adrian Bryttan brings many years of experience to the podium, having conducted in many of the important opera companies in the United States, Europe and Asia. Noted for his range and versatility, Bryttan has been acclaimed world-wide for his mastery of an extremely diverse repertoire. In conjunction with an international career as violin soloist and concertmaster, his command of the orchestra encompasses symphonic and operatic works from the baroque period up through Shostakovich, Bartok, Britten, Stravinsky and includes numerous contemporary composers such as Gunther Schuller and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.
Fluent in several Slavic languages, he brings to Russian and Czech operas an idiomatic interpretation derived from conducting in many countries music from various different cultural traditions. He has been honored with first performances of new works by George Rochberg, Ludmila Ulehla, Eugene Phillips and numerous other composers. As a Music Director, Bryttan has developed over time various orchestras, including the LaPorte Symphony and Orchestra Nova in Pittsburgh.
Since 1982 Bryttan has performed regularly as an opera conductor throughout the world, receiving invitations from many of the foremost theatres and ensembles, including the Chicago Opera Theatre, New Haven and New Rochelle Operas, Theater Bielefeld, Sinfonia Varsovia in Warsaw, Lviv and Kharkiv Operas in Ukraine and the Seoul Philharmonic in Korea.
In addition to the standard operas of Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Wagner, he is equally at home in such complex works as Ravel's "L'Heure espagnole" and Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos". While principal Guest Conductor with the Lviv Philharmonic, Bryttan also led new productions of "Otello", "ll Trovatore", "Madama Butterfly" and "Cavalleria Rusticana" for the Lviv and Kharkiv Operas. His performance of "Turandot" was the critically acclaimed highlight of the 2006 season in Kharkiv Opera.
A practical musician who rose from the ranks of the orchestra, he exhibits an intimate knowledge of the score, an absolutely reliable stick technique and an easy facility working together comfortably with vocalists and instrumentalists.
Recently, Bryttan's conducting of "Die Walkure" with tenor Stefano Algieri was hailed by "Classical New Jersey" as "masterful" and by "Wagner Notes" as "outstanding ... conducted with verve and enthusiasm"and was praised by Gudrun Wagner. He has led several complete silent film presentations, including Greta Garbo's "Flesh and the Devil" with music by Carl Davis and is the conductor for the Schwann Koch recording of Handel's "Acis and Galatea".
In 2005-2006, Maestro Adrian Bryttan received a Fulbright International Scholar Award and was sent by the United States Government to perform with professional operas and symphonies and to teach in musical conservatories throughout Ukraine.
In 2007, he produced and conducted the first-ever performances of “Gianni Schicchi” and “Suor Angelica” in Ukraine. Most recently, in 2008 he was invited to prepare and conduct the new production of “Tales of Hoffmann” for Rutgers Opera in New Jersey.