A native of Louisiana, operatic tenor Bray Wilkins has had the opportunity to perform professionally all over the country. Most recently Mr. Wilkins was with The Opera Company of Middlebury singing the role of Lensky in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. Having the privilege to be a Seattle Opera Young Artist Mr. Wilkins sang with them from 2008-10. As a three-time Fellow at the Music Academy of the West, Wilkins had the opportunity to study under Marilyn Horne and the Academy's prestigious staff. In his final season, Mr. Wilkins had the privilege of working with William Bolcom, singing the role of Luigi in the West coast premiere of Bolcom's opera A Wedding. In the summer of 2008 Wilkins was thrilled to work with popular American composer Stephen Schwartz, singing the role of Mr. Clayton in the workshop sessions of his first opera, Séance On A Wet Afternoon. The following year Mr. Wilkins covered the role in the world premiere in Santa Barbara, CA.
Other professional performances include Nemorino in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff, Duke of Mantua in Verdi's Rigoletto, The Bricklayer in Spears' The Bricklayer, Normanno in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Ferrando in Mozart's Così fan tutte, Lysander in Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream, Scaramuccio in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, Basilio in Mozart's Nozze di Figaro, Rinuccio in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Marco Palmieri in Sullivan's Gondoliers, and Frederic in Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, Curly in Rodgers' Oklahoma!, Gaylord Ravenal in Kern's Show Boat, Anthony Hope in Sondheim's Sweeny Todd, Sky Masterson in Loesser's Guys and Dolls, Bill Sikes in Bart's Oliver!, John Truitt in Martin / Blane's Meet Me in St. Louis, and Charlie in Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel at the Ravinia Festival under the baton of James Conlon. In addition, Wilkins has appeared as a soloist in numerous concert performances; some works include Handel's Messiah, Haydn's The Creation, Bach's Cantata No. 140 and No. 248, Mozart's Requiem, Coronation mass, and Missa Brevis, Berlioz's L'enfance du Christ, Fauré's Requiem, and Ralph Vaughan Williams's Serenade to Music.