Praised by the Huffington Post for his “ringing high notes,” Texas-born tenor Bille Bruley has garnered attention for his strength and versatility in operatic repertoire from baroque to contemporary.
Bille’s 23/24 season begins with his house debut at San Francisco Opera for Mason Bates and Mark Campbell’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (Steve Wozniak). Later this season, he will join the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Jenufa.
Last season he made a role debut in Ariadne auf Naxos (Bacchus) at Arizona Opera. Other highlights included his returns to Austin Opera for Sweeney Todd (Beadle) and The Santa Fe Opera for Der fliegende Holländer (Steuermann).
Recent highlights include his role/house debuts in Mason Bates and Mark Campbell’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (Steve Wozniak) with Austin Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and The Atlanta Opera and his also return to Arizona Opera for Così fan tutte (Ferrando). He joined the roster of Lyric Opera of Chicago Dead Man Walking to cover Father Grenville and Howard Boucher and returned to Arizona Opera for Shining Brow (Louis Sullivan) and Riders of the Purple Sage (Bern Venters). Highlights from previous seasons include Britten’s War Requiem with the Tulsa Symphony, a program of Mozart arias with the Phoenix Symphony, and a return to The Santa Fe Opera, where he created the role of Benjamin in the world premiere of Poul Ruders’ The Thirteenth Child.
Mr. Bruley has previously been an Apprentice Artist at The Santa Fe Opera in 2018 where he covered in Candide (Governor/Vanderendur/Captain) and Doctor Atomic (Captain Nolan) directed by Peter Sellars. As a member of the Young Artist Program at The Glimmerglass Festival, he sang in Christopher Alden’s provocative production of Sweeney Todd (Beadle Bamford) and in Robert Ward’s rarely heard opera The Crucible (Giles Corey). He has also been an Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera, singing in Britten’s The Prodigal Son (The Tempter) and The Burning Fiery Furnace (King Nebuchadnezzar).
He joined the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio at Arizona Opera for the 2018-2019 season where his assignments included roles in Così fan tutte, La traviata, and Silent Night. Mr. Bruley was also an apprentice artist at Virginia Opera where he was heard in Samson et Dalila, La fanciulla del West, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Seven Deadly Sins, and joined Baltimore Choral Arts as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Dixit Dominus under the baton of newly-appointed director Anthony Blake Clark. He was a Guest Artist with the Pine Mountain Music Festival and had a major success in the title role of Britten’s Peter Grimes with Indiana University Opera Theater.
Bille Bruley hails from Montgomery, Texas and is a graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and Baylor University.