Timothy Bruno




Timothy Bruno


American Citizen

2018-19 marks the finale of Mr. Bruno’s affiliation as a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist with the Washington National Opera. He will have his role debuts at the WNO as Dottore Grenvil in La traviata followed by the French General in Silent Night. In 2019, he will create the role of Daddy in WNO’s world-premiere of Taking Up Serpents by Kamala Sankaram and Jerre Dye as part of the American Opera Initiative. With the New Orleans Opera, he will star as Osmin in Abduction from the Seraglio. Back at WNO, he will cover the role of Méphistophélès in Faust.

In 2017-18, Mr. Bruno performed Il frate in Don Carlo, Don Basilio in Barber of Seville, the King in Little Prince, the Sodbuster in the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s Proving Up, and covered Melisso in Alcina. With the Washington Concert Opera, he debuted as Il Priore in Bellini’s La Straniera.

Previous seasons include his debut at Des Moines Metro Opera as the Mandarin in Turandot, and Bosun in Billy Budd while covering the role of John Claggart. With the WNO, he performed Antonio and Dr. Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro, Hortensius in Daughter of the Regiment, Waden Benton in Dead Man Walking, Lo zio Bonzo in Madama Butterfly, and appeared in the world-premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s The Dictator’s Wife. He also sang other commanding roles such 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 the Atlanta Symphony, alongside Stephanie Blythe and Stuart Skelton, and the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, alongside Angela Meade as Donna Anna with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Bruno also maintains a strong presence in contemporary opera. He has been involved in three world premieres as part of the American Opera Initiative at Washington National Opera, where he also appeared as General Cobb and James Fowler in the revision of Philip Glass’ Appomattox. As well, he portrayed Louis XVI in Ghosts of Versailles at Wolf Trap Opera, and covered Eric Owens as the Storyteller in John Adams’s A Flowering Tree with Cincinnati Opera.

Prior to his summers at Wolf Trap, Mr. Bruno was an Apprentice Artist in Central City Opera’s Bonfils-Stanton Training Program, where he performed the role of Dr. Bartolo in 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. There he performed Count Ceprano in Rigoletto and Second Armed Guard in Die Zauberflöte. He has also appeared with Toledo Opera, Opera Columbus, Annapolis Opera, and El Paso Opera, among others.

In demand as a concert artist, Mr. Bruno appeared in Schubert’s Mass in G and Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass at the Washington National Cathedral, Handel’s Messiah with the 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. He has also appeared 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 is a recipient of prizes from 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 holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Bowling Green State University.

September 2018

“Bass Timothy Bruno as Don Basilio—his aria ‘La calumnia’ was sufficiently dramatic, aided by some astonishing stage business, and his comic timing masterful…”
[The Barber of Seville, Glimmerglass Festival 2018] Jane Dieckmann, Ithaca Times

“Bass Timothy J. Bruno used his dark-hued voice and hulking frame, in a dust-covered, tattered costume (part of the effective design of Lynly Saunders), to sow terror from the moment he first lurched silently across the stage.”
[Proving Up, world-premiere at the Washington National Opera] Charles T. Downey, Washington Classical Review

“Timothy J. Bruno as the stranger, named The Sodbuster, pulled off a series of plunges into low notes that were impressively ominous. However strange at times the melodic writing, it was always compelling… Bruno with less time on stage than the others, nonetheless creates a profoundly disturbing character as The Sodbuster, making us want to know who is this mystery man, and is he real or a ghost of the man Pa once robbed coming back for revenge.”
[Proving Up, world-premiere at the Washington National Opera] Susan Galbraith, DC Theatre Scene

“For my young friend Pete, bass Timothy J. Bruno as the king, rolling in on a tipped high chair that defied gravity, knocked him out with his wild antics and deep swooping voice.”
[The Little Prince, Washington National Opera] Susan Galbraith, DC Theatre Scene


Annapolis Opera
Ann Arbor Cantata Singers
Atlanta Symphony
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Bluffton Bach Festival
Central City Opera
Cincinnati Opera
Opera Columbus
Dayton Bach Society
Des Moines Metro Opera
El Paso Opera
Knox Music Series
Lucerne Symphony Orchestra
Memphis Symphony
Queen City Chamber Opera
St. Michaels in the Hills
Toledo Symphony
Union Avenue Opera
Vermillion Symphonic Choir
Washington National Cathedral
Washington National Opera
Winter Opera St. Louis
Wolf Trap Opera


In his debut performance with the New Orleans Opera, Timothy is Osmin in The Abduction from the Seraglio. Performances on February 8th and 10th, 2019.


Timothy creates the role of Daddy in another American Opera Initiative original programming Taking Up Serpents. World-premiere performances at the Kennedy Centre with the Washington National Opera are on January 11th and 13th 2019.


Timothy Bruno is the French General in Silent Night with the Washington National Opera. Performances are from November 10th through 25th, 2018.


Timothy sings as Dottore Grenvil in La traviata with the Washington National Opera. Performances are from October 6 through 21st, 2018.


Timothy Bruno is back at Glimmerglass as a young artist, starring as General Audebert in Silent Night and as Don Basilio in The Barber of Seville. Silent Night runs from July 15 to August 23; The Barber of Seville from July 14 to August 25.

Silent Night
The Barber of Seville


‘Ella giammai m’amò’ from Don Carlo

‘La calunnia’ from il barbiere di Siviglia