Dale Travis is one of the most sought after bass-baritones in America today. With a repertoire encompassing 50 roles 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.
This past season he returned to the San Francisco Opera as the Marquis de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites and was presented the San Francisco Opera Medal for 34 years of exemplary artistic servitude with the company. Other engagements included his return to Santa Fe Opera as the Sacristan in Tosca, and his debut with the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera as Benoit/Alcindoro in La Boheme. This season he returns to the Dallas Opera for the Sacristan in Tosca and returns to San Jose Opera for their 50th Anniversary Season as Dr. Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Last season he returned to the Metropolitan Opera for La Boheme, the San Francisco Opera for the Sacristan in Tosca, and the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy in Japan for Frank in Die Fledermaus. He was also recently seen at the Glimmerglass Opera in West Side Story, The Barber of Seville, and Silent Night, the San Francisco Opera as Benoit/Alcindoro in La Boheme, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Count Waldner in Arabella, Baron Douphol in La Traviata, and Elder McLean in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, the Dallas Opera for the Sacristan, Virginia Opera and Atlanta Opera for Don Magnifico, Minnesota Opera for the Music Master in Ariadne auf Naxos and Nonancourt in Nino Rota’s The Straw Hat, and the Santa Fe Opera as Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte.
Other notable performances include Tosca and The Merry Widow for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Die Zauberflöte and Albert Herring for Santa Fe Opera Le Nozze di Figaro and The Makropoulos Case for the San Francisco Opera, A View From the Bridge for Teatro dell’ Opera in Rome, Opera Colorado for La Cenerentola, the Daughter of the Regiment for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and La Gazza Ladra and La Boheme both with the Glimmerglass Festival.
His work in dramatic and contemporary repertoire 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.