The young British baritone Bradley Travis was born in Cheshire and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) where he was the Drapers’ de Turckheim Scholar, winner of the Alexander Young Award and was a finalist in the Frederic Cox Award. He recently graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School (RCMIOS) where he won the Eric Joseph Shilling Award for Opera. He also received a Sir Gordon Palmer Scholarship and was supported by the South Square Trust Award. He is a Samling Artist.
Bradley Travis has appeared in Masterclasses with, among others, Helmut Deutsch, Gerald Finley, Angelika Kirchschlager, Sir John Tomlinson, Roger Vignoles and Roderick Williams.
Operatic roles performed include Figaro Le nozze di Figaro, Don Iñigo Gomez L’heure espagnole, Lord Ellington La Vie Parisienne, Ottone L’incoronazione di Poppea all for the RCMIOS. Following graduation from the RCMIOS he performed Count Robinson The Secret Marriage for British Youth Opera who presented him with the Basil A Turner Award. He covered Harašta The Cunning Little Vixen for Garsington Opera, and also sang Minos Arianna in Creta, Argenio Imeneo under Laurence Cummings for the London Handel Festival, Officer Tarka the Otter by Stephen McNeff for Buxton Festival Community Project and Alidoro La Cenerentola for Mananan Festival Opera.
Bradley Travis has a busy concert diary and his repertoire includes the Requiems of Duruflé, Fauré, Goodall and Mozart, Bach’s St John Passion (Christus & Arias), St Matthew Passion (Christus & Arias), B Minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio, Haydn’s The Creation and Nelson Mass, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Handel’s Messiah. He has appeared on the concert and recital platform at venues including The Sage, Gateshead, St James’ Piccadilly and Cadogan Hall and has recorded Ancel Newton’s song cycle Doomed Youth with Simon Lepper.
He received the Garsington Opera Helen Clarke Award in recognition of his contribution and musical skill during their 2014 season and returned last season to cover the baritone roles in Death in Venice, where he was a recipient of their prestigious Leonard Ingrams Foundation Award. Other recent engagements have included his Opera North début singing Figaro in a performance of The Marriage of Figaro, Lesbus Agrippina for Iford Festival and Fireman Biedermann and the Arsonists for Independent Opera.
Engagements in 2016 include Masetto Don Giovanni and Minister of the Sanctuary Iphigénie en Tauride with English Touring Opera, Masetto Don Giovanni for the Classical Opera Company and for Opera Project, Don Fernando Fidelio for Garsington Opera in Paris and Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music in The Royal Albert Hall at the Last Night of the Proms. In 2017 he will sing Siegfried Sassoon in Roxanna Panufnik's new commission Silver Birch for Garsington Opera.
Count Robinson / The Secret Marriage /British Youth Opera
"…Bradley Travis, the star of the show as the self-important, sports-mad Count Robinson. Travis was just as adept at managing badminton shuttlecocks mid-aria as he was at negotiating syllables in a patter song…"
Claire Seymour, Opera Magazine, November 2013
"…three of the singers are accomplished farceurs...Bradley Travis's improbably debonair Count"
Michael Church, The Independent, September 2013