In the 2016-17 season, Mr. Bruno will return to Washington National Opera as a Domingo Cafritz Young Artist, where he will perform Antonio and Dr. Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro, Hortensius in Daughter of the Regiment, Warden Benton in Dead Man Walking, Lo zio Bonzo in Madame Butterfly, and appear in the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s The Dictator’s Wife. He will also make is debut at Des Moines Metro Opera as The Mandarin in Turandot, and Bosun in Billy Budd while covering the role of John Claggart.
Previous seasons have included such commanding roles as Colline in La bohème as a Filene Young Artist with Wolf Trap Opera, Méphistophélès in Faust and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Winter Opera St. Louis, Wotan in the Jonathan Dove reduction of Die Walküre with Union Avenue Opera, Osmin in Abduction from the Seraglio and Der Wanderer in Act One of Siegfried with Queen City Chamber Opera, Abimélech in Samson et Dalila with Atlanta Symphony next to Stephanie Blythe and Stuart Skelton in the title roles, and the Commendatore next to Angela Meade’s Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Bruno has also had a constant presence in modern opera having been involved in three world premieres as a part of the American Opera Initiative at Washington National Opera, where he also performed General Cobb and James Fowler in the revision of Philip Glass’ Appomattox. He also portrayed Louis XVI in Ghosts of Versailles at Wolf Trap Opera, and covered Eric Owens as The Storyteller in John Adams’ A Flowering Tree at Cincinnati Opera.
Mr. Bruno recently completed a summer as an Apprentice Artist in Central City Opera’s Bonfils-Stanton Training Program performing the role of Dr. Bartolo in the family matinee of Le nozze di Figaro. As an Apprentice Artist at Opera Saratoga, he covered Sparafucile in Rigoletto and performed Berthold in Offenbach’s Le 66. He performed Curio in Giulio Cesare and Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro as a Resident Artist with Michigan Opera Theater, and made his professional debut in 2011 as a Young Artist with Cincinnati Opera performing Count Ceprano in Rigoletto and Second Armored Guard in The Magic Flute. He has also appeared with Toledo Opera, Opera Columbus, Annapolis Opera, and El Paso Opera, among others.
Mr. Bruno has also appeared extensively on the concert stage, including at the Washington National Cathedral in Schubert’s Mass in G and Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass. He has sung Handel’s Messiah with Memphis Symphony, the Bluffton Bach Festival, and at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Haydn’s Creation with the Ann Arbor Cantata Singers, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Vermillion Symphonic Choir. Other concert engagements have included appearances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony, the Dayton Bach Society, the Knox Music Series, St. Michaels in the Hills, and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Bruno has been awarded prizes from the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions, the Opera Birmingham Competition, the Annapolis Opera Competition, Partners for the Arts, the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition, and Singer’s Club of Cleveland. He is an alumnus of the Master of Music program at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music and the Bachelor of Music program at Bowling Green State University.