Bruce Sledge is one of today’s most in-demand tenori di
grazia and sings a wide variety of repertoire with many international houses.
Following last summer’s big personal success as Paolo
Erisso in Maometto Secondo with the Santa Fe Opera, Bruce Sledge returned to the
Met for Thomas Ades’ The Tempest, Don Giovanni and Dialogues des Carmélites. In
concert, the tenor was heard as the tenor soloist in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem
with the Spoleto USA Festival and in Popera concerts with Opera Tampa. This
season’s engagements include debuts with the Welsh National Opera as Leicester
in Maria Stuarda, with the Opéra de Bordeaux as Percy in Anna Bolena and as
the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto with Boston Lyric Opera as well as a return to the Santa
Fe Opera as Mr Popescu and the Fisherman in the double-bill of Mozart’s The
Impresario and Stravinsky’s Rossignol. In concert, Bruce Sledge appears with the
Radio Television Ireland Orchestra in Dublin in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem and
with the Risca Male Choir in Wales. Future engagements include a return to the
Canadian Opera Company.
Other recent projects include a return to the
Metropolitan Opera in two Mozart roles: Tamino in The Magic Flute and Ferrando
in Così Fan Tutte. Additionally, Mr. Sledge made his debut with the Minnesota
Opera as Leicester in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, followed by Tamino with the
Manitoba Opera and Almaviva in Hamburg and in Grand Rapids before making his
debut in Avenches, Switzerland, as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto. In concert
he was heard in Mozart’s Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony and in
Schubert’s Mass No. 6 with the San Diego Symphony.
Prior to that, Mr. Sledge appeared as Nemorino in
L’Elisir d’Amore with Atlanta Opera, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Hong
Kong, the Duke in Rigoletto with Tulsa Opera, and Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere
di Siviglia with the Hamburgische Staatsoper. In concert, he returned to the San
Francisco Symphony for Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. Mr. Sledge marked his return to
Japan for performances of Rodrigo in Rossini’s Otello (a role debut for the
artist) with Pesaro’s prestigious Rossini Opera Festival on tour, followed by a
recital appearance for Marilyn Horne’s 75th Birthday Gala at Carnegie Hall.
Additional opera engagements included a return to the Vancouver Opera as the
Duke in Rigoletto and a debut with the Teatro Regio di Torino as Ernesto in Don
Pasquale. Mr. Sledge also appeared with the San Francisco Symphony in the
Schubert Mass No. 6 under Maestro Michel Tilson Thomas.
In the 2007-2008 season Mr. Sledge returned to the New
York City Opera for performances of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, before
traveling to Japan to sing the role of Alfredo in La Traviata. Additionally, he
returned to the Teatro Real in Madrid for performances of Argirio in Rossini’s
Tancredi, and also debuted with the New Orleans Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto.
Role debuts included Tito in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito in Bari and Nemorino
in L’Elisir d’Amore in San Antonio and Palm Beach.
Notable engagements for the 2006-2007 season included
two major role debuts: the Duke in Rigoletto with the Metropolitan Opera in the
Parks and the title role in Werther with the Vancouver Opera. Additionally, he
performed Stravinsky’s Persephone on tour in Europe with the Gulbenkian
Foundation Orchestra as well as Elvino in La Sonnambula with the Florida Grand
Opera in a production directed by Renata Scotto and conducted by Richard Bonynge,
Alfredo in La Traviata at New York City Opera, and Tonio in La Fille du Régiment
in Rome and Santiago de Chile.
Recently, the tenor made a series of impressive debuts
with several of the world’s most prestigious houses: the Lyric Opera of Chicago
(the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier), the Deutsche Oper in Berlin (as
Ernesto in Don Pasquale), La Fenice (Léopold in La Juive), the Royal Danish
Opera (as Alfredo in La Traviata) and the Pittsburgh Opera (Ferrando in Così Fan
Tutte), and returned to the Teatro Comunale di Bologna for their tour to
Savonlinna in La Fille du Régiment. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut as
the Shepherd in Oedipus Rex with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting and returned
to the Gulbenkian Foundation for concerts of Bartok’s Cantata Profana and
Kodaly’s Psalmus Hungaricus with Lawrence Foster.
In the 2004/2005 season the tenor made his Paris Opera
debut as Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri (a role he later reprised in
Montpellier), went to Marseille for semi-staged performances of La Sonnambula
and followed these concerts with a debut at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna as
Ernesto in Don Pasquale. Later in the season, he returned to one of his favorite
roles, Tonio in La Fille du Régiment, in Genova and to Bologna for Leicester in
Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra. In concert, Mr. Sledge sang Stravinsky’s
Pulcinella in Munich and was heard in a solo recital at the Cerritos Center in
Orange County. Bruce Sledge closed the season with his Santa Fe Opera debut as
Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Bruce Sledge made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera
as Almaviva and returned to the New York City Opera as Ernesto in Don Pasquale
(after a triumphal debut in the house as Almaviva) and debuted with the Tulsa
Opera, again as Almaviva. He recorded the role of the Fox in Spanish and Catalan
versions of Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen for the BBC with Kent Nagano and
joined Mr. Nagano in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Berkeley Symphony in
the spring. Other concert work included concerts of Don Giovanni in Lisbon with
the Gulbenkian Foundation as well as Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer with the New
York City Ballet. Mr. Sledge made an extraordinary debut at the Rossini Opera
Festival (as Leicester in Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra) as well as at the
Teatro Real in Madrid (in Don Pasquale). Another important event of the season
was the artist’s appearance in recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall under the
auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation.
Other engagements include the tenor’s European debut in
the title-role of Berlioz’ La Damnation de Faust in Palermo, Italy, returns to
the Los Angeles Opera as Almaviva, Tamino and Alfredo as well as in his
critically-acclaimed Ernesto in Don Pasquale opposite Ruth Ann Swenson, debuts
with Opera Ontario as Tonio in La Fille du Régiment and with the Michigan Opera
Theatre as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and recitals in Brownville, Nebraska and
in Tyler, Texas. Earlier, Mr. Sledge made his debut with the Arizona Opera as
Camille in The Merry Widow. Bruce Sledge was seen on the NBC sitcom Scrubs and
he can be heard on the soundtrack of the motion picture The Sum of All Fears.
Mr. Sledge was a finalist in the 2002 World Voice
Masters Competition in Monte Carlo, a finalist in Placido Domingo’s Operalia
2000 World Opera Contest and a national finalist in the 2000 Loren L. Zachary
Vocal Competition. In 1998, he was a Western Regional Finalist in the
Metropolitan Opera Auditions and was awarded first place in the Los Angeles
Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition.
Bruce Sledge received his master’s degree in vocal arts from the University of
Southern California, being awarded the most outstanding music masters graduate.
Updated October 2013