Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Brett Bode is rapidly emerging as an exciting and versatile young operatic bass. Equally at home in classical repertoire and contemporary music, Brett created the roles of Governor John Connally in JFK at Fort Worth Opera as well as Bindy McCall in Roscoe and Polonius in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at Seagle Music Colony. In 2018, Brett premiered a piece written for him at Chautauqua Opera by composer-in-residence George Lam, “Such Sweet Sorrow,” with poetry by Allison Joseph. At the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Brett has recently performed such roles as Secret Police Agent (The Consul), Bass (Hydrogen Jukebox), and Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin), as well as appearing in the 2018 outreach children’s opera Pinocchio as Dr. Dulcamara. In 2018, Brett was a Studio Artist with Chautauqua Opera Company, where he sang the role of Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni and appeared in the ensemble and covered the three Judges, the Grand Inquisitor, and Cacambo in Candide. In 2017, he appeared as an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera, where he covered the roles of Uncle Bonzo in Madama Butterfly as well as the Jailer, First Officer, and Second Commissioner in Dialogues of the Carmelites. Mr. Bode also performed with Seagle Music Colony in their 2016 and 2017 seasons, where in addition to the world premieres listed above, he performed the roles of Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte and Olin Britt in The Music Man, and appeared in the ensembles of The Light in the Piazza, My Fair Lady, and The Most Happy Fella.
Brett will be seen in Virginia Opera’s upcoming 2019-2020 season as a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist, singing Il Rè in Aida, Sciarrone in Tosca, and Giorgio in Il Postino, as well as covering Alidoro in La Cenerentola. He has performed with Chautauqua Opera, Sarasota Opera, Seagle Music Colony, Boston Conservatory Opera, and Fort Worth Opera, and recently completed a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance in 2019 from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Mr. Bode also earned two Bachelor of Music degrees from Oklahoma City University in 2014, one each in Vocal Performance and Music Theatre.