Greek-American Baritone Evan Bravos has been praised for his strong singing and acting and marked as “a young talent to watch” by the Chicago Tribune. He has received international acclaim for his expressivity, standout stage presence and artful interpretations of opera, oratorio and art song repertoire. His 2018-19 season includes a return to Virginia Opera, performing as George Jones in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene and as Masetto in Don Giovanni.
During the 2018 summer season, Bravos made a return to the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and debuted as a recitalist at the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute Program for Singers. At the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, he created the roles of Pvt. Johnson and Sgt. Brown in the world premier of Huang Rao’s An American Soldier, and performed the role of John Bagtry in Regina alongside famed mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. He was featured in the festival’s annually celebrated Center Stage concert with the Saint Louis Symphony, performing as Count Almaviva in the Act IV Finale of Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Andrès in the Trio du Joli Geolier from La Périchole.
His 2017-18 season included two roles in Don Giovanni: Masetto at Opera on the James in Lynchburg, Virginia and as the title character at The Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. As a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, he covered the role of Tom Joad in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath.
He spent the 2016-2017 season as an Opera Santa Barbara Mosher Studio Artist, where he sang Dancairo, covered Escamillo (Carmen), and was praised for providing “a charming gem of characterization with the folk-tinged hunting calls of Harashta” in The Cunning Little Vixen.
Previously at Virginia Opera as an Emerging Artist, he covered the roles of Paris/Gregorio (Roméo et Juliette) on the main stage in Norfolk, Richmond and Fairfax. Other notable performances include the roles of Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Prison Guard 2 (Dead Man Walking) and Herr Zeller (The Sound of Music) at Central City Opera; Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) with Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Outreach and covering the role of Enrique (El Pasado Nunca se Termina), with “Lyric Unlimited” Mariachi Opera debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Diego Opera. He sang Martin (Candide) and Fisherman (Peter Grimes) at the Aspen Music Festival and with Northwestern University Opera Theater, Sid (Albert Herring), Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus) and Tom Joad in the Chicago premiere of The Grapes of Wrath.
On the concert stage, Mr. Bravos has appeared as a soloist with the Madison Symphony and in 2016, joined the Colorado Symphony Chorus as soloist on Faure Requiem in Paris, Strasbourg and Munich. Concert works include Macmillan St. John Passion, Orff Carmina Burana, Brahms Requiem, and Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs. An avid recitalist, he was recently featured on two music festivals in Greece and in 2018, co-produced and performed in a production of Willa Cather’s Lucy Gayheart in Words and Music with collaborative pianist, Shannon McGinnis and the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago.
In 2017 he was a finalist in the National Opera Association Dominic Argento competition and a winner of the Pasadena Opera Guild competition. As an Apprentice Artist at Central City Opera in 2014, he received the Apprentice Artist Award. He was also the recipient of an Encouragement Award in the 2014 Metropolitan National Council auditions.
A native of St. Charles, IL, Evan Bravos studied at Lawrence University Conservatory (B.M.) and Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music (M.M.). He resides now in Chicago. Learn more about this artist at www.evanbravos.com