Hailed as an “outstanding baritone” (Oregon Music News) Ryan Bradford recently made his debut with Opera Colorado singing Happy in La Fanciulla del West and covering Hannah Before in As One. Further roles on tour with company include Belcore in L’elisir d’amore and Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He appeared as Jake Wallace and Sid in La fanciulla del West at the Castleton Festival, Virginia, under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel. During the 2015-2016 season he was a Mosher Studio Artist with Opera Santa Barbara singing Masetto in Don Giovanni as well as covering the title role. He completed a residency at Shreveport Opera singing the Baron in La Traviata, Samuel in Pirates of Penzance and Dandini in La Cenerentola. Other 2014 engagements for the Bay Area native came as John Brooke in Little Women for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte for both SFCM and the Santa Cruz Symphony, and Masetto in Don Giovanni for Hidden Valley Opera, Carmel, CA.
A proponent of contemporary opera, this past summer, he made the west coast premiere of Libby Larsen’s Frankenstein with West Edge Opera and last year made his Canadian debut in the world premier opera, Ours. He has performed concert work with Oakland Symphony, American Bach Soloists, Rogue Valley Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, and Opera Parallèle with Nicole Paiment. This past summer, he was a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow with LA Opera/Songfest. His is an alumnus of DePaul University, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has received distinction from the Fort Worth Opera McCammon Competition, Gerda Lissner Lieder Competition, the Loren. L. Zachary Competition, East Bay Opera League, Florida Grand Opera Young Patronesses, and the Pacific Musical Society.