Ryan Bradford, tenor

Ryan Bradford

Young American baritone Ryan Bradford is quickly creating a name for himself with his "warm,  and sumptuous baritone."

He recently made his Lincoln Center debut with Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center in the world premier chamber opera A Song by Mahler by Marc Neikrug. Other performances include the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and The Royal Conservatory in Toronto.

He was a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow with LA Opera and Songfest and during the 2018-2019 season made a return to the Oakland Symphony, San Rafael Symphony, Rapides Symphony, and Livermore Valley Opera as well as joined Chamber Music Silicon Valley as a vocal fellow. He completed a residency with Opera Colorado for their 2016-2017 season singing Happy and covering Jake Wallace in La Fanciulla del West as well as covering Hannah Before in As One. For their touring productions he sang Belcore in L'elisir d'amore and covered Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

During the 2015-2016 season Ryan was a Mosher Studio Artist with Opera Santa Barbara. There he performed Masetto and covered the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni. A strong proponent of new music, Ryan sang the role of Henry in David Conte's The Gift of the Magi with Hidden Valley Opera in Carmel, CA conducted by former Glimmerglass conductor, Steward Robinson. In the summer of 2016, he premiered the role of Michael in the world premiere opera Ours (Estacio, Chafe) with Opera on the Avalon. 

Ryan Bradford made his Virginia debut as John Brooke in Little Women with Opera on the James and performed a German Lieder recital series with legendary mezzo-soprano Fredericka Von Stade as graduate student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. During the 2014-2015 season he completed a residency with Shreveport Opera where he sang The Baron in La Traviata, Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance, as well as Dandini in La Cenerentola. Other 2013 engagements for the San Francisco native came as John Brooke (Little Women) for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) for both SFCM and the Santa Cruz Symphony, and Masetto (Don Giovanni) for Hidden Valley Opera, Carmel, CA.

Oratorio credits include recent soloist roles in Handel's Messiah with the Rogue Valley Symphony, Poulenc's Le bal masqué with Opera Parallèle, Bach's B Minor Mass with American Bach Soloists, and Schubert's Mass in G with DePaul University. A DePaul University alumnus (BM in Voice Performance and BA in Italian), he received a master of music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has received distinction from the East Bay Opera League, Florida Grand Opera Young Patronesses, and Pacific Musical Society.