Bruce Sledge

Bruce Sledge is one of today’s most in-demand “lirico-spinto” tenors and sings a wide variety of repertoire with many international houses.

Mr. Sledge started the 2019-2020 season making his role debut as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly in a Metropolitan Opera “Live in HD” transmission. He was also seen at UCLA’s Royce Hall as a tenor soloist in Rachel Fuller’s Animal Requiem. Future engagements include debuts with Opera Colorado and Washington Concert Opera.

In recent seasons, Mr. Sledge returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for performances of Jean in Le Prophète, to the Canadian Opera Company for Lord Percy in Anna Bolena, to the Santa Fe Opera as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos and to the Metropolitan Opera roster.

Mr. Sledge’s 2016-2017 season included a return to the Welsh National Opera for performances in two leading roles, Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice and Macduff in Macbeth, a return to the roster of the Metropolitan Opera, and a performance with the Defiant Requiem in Vienna.

Prior to that, Mr. Sledge returned to the Vancouver Opera to sing the Duke in Rigoletto, made his debut at the Canadian Opera Company as Paolo Erisso in Maometto Secondo, and returned to the roster of the Metropolitan Opera.

Other projects for Mr. Sledge included big personal successes as the Duke in Rigoletto and Paolo Erisso in Maometto Secondo with the Santa Fe Opera and a return to the Metropolitan Opera for Thomas Ades’ The Tempest. In concert, the tenor was heard in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Spoleto USA Festival and with the Radio Television Ireland Orchestra in Dublin, in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the National Symphony, and in Popera concerts with Opera Tampa. Prior to that, he made debuts with the Welsh National Opera as Leicester in Maria Stuarda, with the Opéra de Bordeaux as Percy in Anna Bolena and as the Duke in Rigoletto with Boston Lyric Opera. He returned to the Santa Fe Opera as Vladimir Vladimirescu and the Fisherman in the double-bill of Mozart’s The Impresario and Stravinsky’s Rossignol. In concert, Mr. Sledge appeared with the Risca Male Choir in Wales.

Previous projects include a return to the Metropolitan Opera in two Mozart roles: Tamino in The Magic Flute and Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte. Additionally, Mr. Sledge made his debut with the Minnesota Opera as Leicester in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, and sang Tamino with the Manitoba Opera, before making his debut in Avenches, Switzerland, as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto. In concert, he was heard in Mozart’s Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony and in Schubert’s Mass No. 6 with the San Diego Symphony. He also appeared as Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore with Atlanta Opera, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Hong Kong, the Duke in Rigoletto with Tulsa Opera, and Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Hamburgische Staatsoper. In concert, he returned to the San Francisco Symphony for Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. Mr. Sledge marked his return to Japan with a role debut as Rodrigo in Rossini’s Otello with Pesaro’s prestigious Rossini Opera Festival on tour, followed by a recital appearance for Marilyn Horne’s 75th Birthday Gala at Carnegie Hall. Additional opera engagements included a return to the Vancouver Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto and a debut with the Teatro Regio di Torino as Ernesto in Don Pasquale. Mr. Sledge also appeared with the San Francisco Symphony in the Schubert Mass No. 6 with Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas.

The tenor made a series of impressive debuts with several of the world’s most prestigious houses: the Lyric Opera of Chicago as the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin as Ernesto in Don Pasquale, La Fenice as Léopold in La Juive, the Royal Danish Opera as Alfredo in La Traviata, the Pittsburgh Opera as Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte, and returned to the Teatro Comunale di Bologna for their tour to Savonlinna in La Fille du Régiment. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut as the Shepherd in Oedipus Rex with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting and returned to the Gulbenkian Foundation for concerts of Bartok’s Cantata Profana and Kodaly’s Psalmus Hungaricus with Lawrence Foster.

Bruce Sledge made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Almaviva, returned to the New York City Opera as Ernesto in Don Pasquale and debuted with the Tulsa Opera, again as Almaviva. He recorded the role of the Fox in Spanish and Catalan versions of Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen for the BBC with Kent Nagano and joined Mr. Nagano in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Berkeley Symphony in the spring. Other concert work included Don Giovanni in Lisbon with the Gulbenkian Foundation, as well as Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer with the New York City Ballet. Mr. Sledge made an extraordinary debut at the Rossini Opera Festival as Leicester in Elisabettaregina d’Inghilterra, as well as at the Teatro Real in Madrid in Don Pasquale. Another important event of the season was the artist’s appearance in recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation. Bruce Sledge was also seen on the NBC sitcom Scrubs and he can be heard on the soundtrack of the motion picture The Sum of All Fears.

Mr. Sledge was a finalist in the 2002 World Voice Masters Competition in Monte Carlo, a finalist in Placido Domingo’s Operalia 2000 World Opera Contest, and a national finalist in the 2000 Loren L. Zachary Vocal Competition. In 1998, he was a Western Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and was awarded first place in the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition. Bruce Sledge received his master’s degree in vocal arts from the University of Southern California, being awarded the most outstanding music masters graduate.

January 2021