Brian Duyn was born and raised in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. He attended Wilfrid Laurier University where he studied singing with Victor Martens. After completing his Bachelor of Music degree in 1993, Brian joined the cast of The Phantom of the Opera at the Pantages theatre in Toronto. During his six year run with the musical, Brian gave over 2600 performance playing several roles including Raoul and Ubaldo Piangi. He had the pleasure of working with many talented performers including Colm Wilkinson, Laird Mackintosh and Paul Stanley, the lead singer of KISS.
When Phantom closed in 1999, Brian continued to perform as a soloist in opera, oratorio and musical theatre with premiere arts organizations like the Elora Festival, Aradia Ensemble, Drayton Entertainment and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. Brian recorded two C.D.s for the Naxos label with the Aradia Ensemble. His recordings and live performances have been heard on classical radio stations around the world including the BBC and CBC.
In addition to his solo career Brian spent five seasons in the Canadian Opera Company Chorus where he performed in over thirty productions.
In 2006, Brian retired from professional singing and became a police officer with the Waterloo Regional Police Service. Immediately after completing his training, at the Ontario Police College, Brian made an unexpected return to the stage in Caught In The Act, a Waterloo Regional Police Service/Drayton Entertainment production conceived and directed by Alex Mustakas. It was followed by Caught in the Act II: Repeat Offenders two years later. The two productions played to sold out audiences and raised a total of $125,000 for local charities. Brian remains passionate about music and regularly sings at community events, Kitchener Ranger’s games and for charity.
He currently serves as a Detective in the Waterloo Regional Police Service’s Homicide Branch.
Brian is thrilled to be joining the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra again this Christmas for the Yuletide Spectacular at Centre in the Square December 18th, 19th and 20th. Click here for tickets.