Brian Arreola has been described as a “robust Italian tenor” by the Washington Post, and his singing was called “fiery” by the St. Paul Pioneer Press. In 2013 he created the role of Luis Rodrigo Griffith in Opera Theatre of St. Louis’s world-premiere of Terence Blanchard’s “opera-in-jazz” Champion, receiving accolades from Opera Today, which praised his “well-schooled tenor and his impassioned way with several high-flying phrases,” and Opera News, which said that, “as Luis, the older Griffith's adopted son and caretaker, Brian Arreola was tenderness personified.” He has been featured with The Minnesota Opera, Opera Carolina, American Opera Theater, Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Ente Concerti (Sardinia, Italy), and others. He sang the title role in Songs of the Fisherman and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly on the 2013 Grachtenfestival (Amsterdam, Netherlands). In 2014, he sang Isamele in Opera Carolina’s Nabucco, as well as the love duet from Madama Butterfly on their season opening gala concert Art Poetry Music. In August 2017 he premiered the solo dance-opera, Wake: Lucia, by Leaonard Mark Lewis, and sings the role of Ragueneau in the Opera Carolina production of Cyrano in November 2017.
Dr. Arreola is an associate professor of voice and director of the Opera Workshop. The UNC Charlotte Opera Workshop/Chamber Orchestra production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica, for which Dr. Arreola was stage director and conductor, won 3rd prize in the National Opera Association’s 2013 Opera Production Competition.