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 2010, Mr. Travis returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Tosca and The Merry Widow, he also returned to Santa Fe Opera for The Magic Flute and Albert Herring, the San Francisco Opera for The Marriage of Figaro and The Makropoulos Case, and A View from the Bridge with Teatro dell’ Opera in Rome. Upcoming engagements include La Cenerentola at Opera Colorado and the Daughter of the Regiment in St. Louis, Tosca and Arabella in Santa Fe, as well as returning engagements with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and Los Angeles 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 Burgschaft 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.