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, Lyric Opera of Chicago, 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, Komische Oper (Berlin), New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.
Recently, Mr. Travis returned to Chicago for La bohème, Santa Fe for Le nozze di Figaro and La traviata, San Francisco for Tosca, the Met for The Makropulos Case and debuted with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City in the title role of The Mikado. Upcoming engagtments include Tosca with Austin Lyric, Arabella at the Met and La traviata, Susannah, La bohème and La Cenerentola with the San Francisco Opera.
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.