leg Bryjak was born in Kasachstan in the former USSR and has appeared on opera stages all over the world, including Paris, Zurich, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Sao Paolo and Tokyo. His repertoire includes more than 30 operas, and he has worked with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Sir Andrew Davis, James Conlon, Donald Runnicles, John Fiore, and Simon Rattle.
In 1990 he took 2nd Prize in the International Sylvia-Gesty Competition in Stuttgart, Germany. From 1991 to 1996 he was engaged at Karlsruhe Staatsoper, singing such roles as Bartolo (II barbiere di Siviglia), Dulcamara (L'elisir d'amore), Fra Melitone (La forza del destino), Kezal (The Bartered Bride), Warlaam (Boris Gudunov), Galitsky and Lord Tgor (Lord Igor), Boris Ismailov (Lady Macbeth from Mtsensk), and Alberich (Ring Cycle), among others.
Since 1996, Mr. Bryjak is a member of the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf. There he has sung Leporello (Don Giovanni), Father (Hansel und Gretel), Don Pasquale, Falstaff, Rigoletto, Amonasro (Aida), Klingsor (Parsifal), Alberich (Ring), Telramund (Lohengrin), Jago (Otello), Don Magnifico (Cenerentola), Mustafa (L'italiana in Algeri), Dr. Kolenaty (The Macropolous Case), Pizarro (Fidelio), Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger), Hollander, Scarpia (Tosca), Alfio and Tonio (Cav/Pag), Gianni Schicchi and Michele (Tabarro).
Since 1998 he has appeared regularly with the Vienna Staatsoper as Telramung, Amonasro, Alberich and Pizarro. Other highlights of his career include: Chicago Lyric Opera debut as Alberich (Ring Cycle) 2003-2005; Alberich at the Royal Albert Hall in London and in a live TV/Radio Broadcast at the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus 2004; in Amsterdam as Alberich and Klingsor 2005-06; Tokyo debut as Scarpia (Tosca) 2006; Covent Garden debut as Dikoj (Kata Kabanova) 2007; and Los Angeles debut as Kothner in Meistersinger 2007.
Upcoming engagements include Alberich at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2008, and Kruschina (The Bartered Bride) at the National Theater of Paris, Dikoj in Madrid and a return to Los Angeles as Alberich in 2009.