Toby Bradford, tenor, from Pasadena, California, is finishing a Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, where he will also be puruing a Professional Artist Certificate this year under the tutelage of Dr. Marilyn Taylor. He completed a Bachelor of Music from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, under the instruction of world-renowned baritone Vladimir Chernov.
This past year saw Bradford’s debuts both at Lincoln Center with Teatro Nuovo as the Condulmiero in Rossini’s "Maometto II," as well as Carnegie Hall in recital with acclaimed concert pianist Maxim Lando. He was also featured in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute’s 2022-23 season as Nicholas Astor in Kirke Mechem’s "The Rivals," and as Pasquale in Haydn’s "Orlando Paladino." Of the latter, Voix des Artes said, “A depiction of Pasquale as accomplished as Bradford’s would be notable in any of the world’s great opera houses… it was nothing short of sensational.”
This summer Bradford will be returning to Lincoln Center with Teatro Nuovo as Contino del Fiore in "Crispino e la Comare" by Luigi and Federico Ricci.
In his first year with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, Bradford performed the roles of Carlo in Donizetti's "Linda di Chamounix," as well as Mosca in "Volpone" by John Musto. Before that with Opera UCLA, Bradford was given the opportunity to study and perform the roles of Orphée in Charpentier’s "La descente d’Orphée aux enfers" and Orfeo in Campra’s "Orfeo nell’Inferi," as well as roles in the world premieres of "Lost Childhood" by Janice Hamer and "Juana" by Carla Lucero. He has also performed the roles of Basilio and Don Curzio in Mozart’s "Le nozze di Figaro," both with Opera UCLA and at the Miami Classical Music Festival.
In addition, educational outreach has figured prominently in Bradford’s performing career, beginning as a member of the UCLA Gluck Fellows Vocal Ensemble from 2019-2022, as well as with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute in partnership with Piedmont Opera.