Lyric baritone Brian Shircliffe is excited to be performing with Ars Lyrica again. The San Antonio native has sung with Dayton Opera, Lake George Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera in the Heights, Houston Grand Opera and Opera Vista. Following his performance as Dancaïro in Carmen, with Houston’s Opera in the Heights, the Houston Chronicle said: “The best individual singing of the evening came from Brian Shircliffe as Dancairo, one of Carmen’s fellow smugglers... He had a sure vocal presence, a natural, unblemished sound and an easy delivery...” Among the leading roles he has performed are: Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Alvaro in Il Viaggio a Rheims, Masetto in Don Giovanni, The Magistrate in Buoso’s Ghost, Tom in Face on the Barroom Floor, Guglielmo and Don Alfonso in Così fan Tutte, Melchior in Amahl and the Night Vistors, Marcello and Schaunard in La Bohème, and Sid in Albert Herring. Mr. Shircliffe earned his master’s degree from The University of Houston’s Moores School of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Timothy Jones. While at the Moores School he added the roles of the Steward in the new British opera Flight by Jonathan Dove, the Philosopher in Massenet’s Cherubin, Harry Easter in Street Scene, Guglielmo in Così fan Tutte, and Figaro in John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles to his repertoire. The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition awarded him both third place and Audience Choice Award in 2007. Mr. Shircliffe can be heard on the recently released recording of Dominick Argento’s Casanova’s Homecoming in the role of Lorenzo da Ponte.