AZO Cast Members & Creatives
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. A 2018/19 William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation Award and Career Grant winner, Bille is currently engaged in his second year with the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio, where his upcoming role assignments include Louis Sullivan in Shining Brow, Bern Venters in Riders of the Purple Sage, and Brighella and Bacchus (cover) in Ariadne auf Naxos.
In the 2019/20 season, Bruley makes a number of exciting house debuts, including engagements with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Sam Polk in a new production of Floyd’s Susannah and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he will cover Father Grenville and Howard Boucher in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. He will also make his New York recital debut singing Janacek’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared at the 92nd Street Yalongside Jennifer Johnson Cano. This summer, Bruley performs with the Phoenix Symphony in a program of Mozart arias and makes his return to the Santa Fe Opera, where he will create the role of Benjamin in the world premiere of Poul Ruders’ The Thirteenth Child and cover the role of Laca Klemen in Janacek’s Jenufa.
Highlights of Bruley’s 2018/19 season included his first War Requiem with the Tulsa Symphony as well as several engagements with Arizona Opera—as Gastone in La Traviata, Jonathan Dale in Silent Night, Don Basilio and Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro, and as Ferrando in their studio production of Così fan tutte. In the 2017/18 season, Bruley was engaged as an Apprentice Singer with the Santa Fe Opera, where he covered the roles of Captain Nolan in Doctor Atomic and and Governor/Vanderdendur/Captain in Candide. He returned to Virginia Opera for a number of role debuts, including First Philistine in Samson et Dalila, Trin in La fanciulla del West, Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor. He also joined Baltimore Choral Arts as a tenor soloist in Handel’s Dixit Dominus under the baton of newly-appointed director Anthony Blake Clark.
Bruley has received special acclaim for his interpretation of the works of Benjamin Britten, including the title role in Peter Grimes, King Nebuchadnezzar in The Burning Fiery Furnace, The Tempter in The Prodigal Son, and as the tenor soloist in Britten’s War Requiem. Of his performance as King Nebuchadnezzar with Central City Opera, The Daily Camera wrote, “His voice is radiant, his enunciation impeccable. Every word he sings is easily understood and every note is precise in pitch.”
An alumnus of young artist programs at The Santa Fe Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, and Central City Opera, Bruley has received recognition through a number of young artist awards, including the Richard Tucker Memorial Award from the Santa Fe Opera and the Iris Henwood Richards Memorial Award from the Central City Opera House Association. In 2018, Bruley was a finalist in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. He has taken home prizes from The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions as a winner of the Gulf Coast Regional Finals and as a finalist and winner in the Lois Alba Aria Competition. Most recently, he was named a 2018/19 winner of The William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation Award and Career Grant.
Bruley received his undergraduate training at Baylor University, where he studied under Robert Best, and completed his graduate work at Indiana University’s prestigious Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Carol Vaness. A native of Montgomery, Texas, Bruley is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.