Dale Travis has become one of the most sought after bass-baritones in America today. With a repertoire encompassing 50 roles over 25 years in a wide variety of styles from Mozart, Donizetti and Rossini to Strauss, Puccini and Wagner, Mr. Travis has been a frequent guest artist at the most prestigious opera companies in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington Opera, Los Angeles, Santa Fe Opera Festival, Opera Colorado, Spoleto Festival USA, the Saito Kinen Music Festival, Teatro Regio in Torino, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, the Berlin Komische Oper and the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv.
In recent seasons Mr. Travis returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Tosca and The Merry Widow, Santa Fe Opera for The Magic Flute and Albert Herring, the San Francisco Opera for The Marriage of Figaro and The Makropoulos Case, Teatro dell’ Opera in Rome for A View from the Bridge, Opera Colorado for La Cenerentola, St. Louis for La fille de régiment and The Makropoulos Case at the Metropolitan Opera. Recent engagements include a return to the Santa Fe Opera for Tosca, Arabella, and La traviata, the Sacristan in Tosca for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, La bohème for San Francisco Opera, and The Mikado in Kansas City. In the summer of 2013 he returned to Santa Fe Opera for Le nozze di Figaro, La traviata and La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, and most recently performed Arabella with Minnesota Opera,Tosca with Austin Lyric Opera, and returned to San Francisco.
Recent International appearances include the Teatro dell Opera in Rome for A View from the Bridge as Louis, a role he originated in the world premiere in Chicago and which served as his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2002; the Saito Kinen Music Festival for Wozzeck and The Cunning Little Vixen, Jenufa in Genoa at the Teatro Carlo Felice and Billy Budd in Torino at the Teatro Regio
The 2015–2016 Season includes the Music Master in Ariadne auf Naxos with Minnesota Opera; the Sacristan in Tosca with Dallas Opera; Frank in Die Fledermaus with Seiji Ozawa conducting in Tokyo, Kyoto and Nagoya for the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy; and La gazza ladra and La bohème, both with the Glimmerglass Festival.
A versatile artist, Mr. Travis is recognized as one of the premiere basso buffo artists of the day, stemming from his studying and working with three of the greatest artists of the 20th century in that repertoire: Italo Tajo, Paolo Montarsolo and Renato Capecchi. His performances as Bartolo, Dulcamara, Don Pasquale, Don Magnifico, Don Alfonso, Geronte and Leporello have been described as brilliant, definitive and utterly entertaining. His work in highly dramatic repertoire and contemporary music is widely praised as well with wonderfully detailed portrayals in the works of Britten, Berg, Poulenc, Weill, Stravinsky and Janacek.
Mr. Travis can be heard on EMI Classics with the Metrpolitan Opera’s Manon Lescaut HD DVD, the EMI Classic CD of Die Bürgschaft at the Spoleto Festival USA, Albany Records CD of Todd Machover’s Resurrection with the Houston Grand Opera and on London Records in Capriccio with the San Francisco Opera.