Bruce Raggatt is a baritone equally at home in opera, recital, concert and musical theatre.
He presented the recital ‘Après-midi’ in February this year. He is creating his own recital show called 1916 for the Tallis Foundation for performances in August.
His most recent stage performances were as Mr Hari and the Maharajah in James Wright’s pastiche The Persian Princes for Opera Su Presto in November 2015. In August, Bruce performed the rôle of The Duke in (The Gallant Gondoliers) for the Tallis Foundation.
Bruce sang ‘The Prayer’ and ‘The Holy City’ at Bayside’s Carols in the Park before 27,000 people in 2014.
Other roles include: Pirate King/Ko-Ko/Don Alhambra in Wright’s Pirates of Beleura and The Duke (Champagne Soirée) for Opera Su Presto; Luiz (The Gondoliers) and Cox (Cox and Box) for Savoy; Giuseppe in (The Gondoliers), Prince Danilo (The Merry Widow), Cox (Cox and Box), Captain Corcoran (HMS Pinafore) and Jack Meadows in Monckton’s (The Arcadians), all for Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Victoria.
Bruce’s concert repertoire includes The Evangelist in Vaughan Williams' The Pilgrim's Progress, baritone soloist in Fauré’s Requiem and bass soloist in Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, for Camberwell Chorale. He was baritone soloist in Castelnuevo-Tedesco’s Romancero Gitano, Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël, Handel’s Ode for the Birthday of Queen Caroline, Duruflé’s Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Serenade to Music as well bass soloist in Haydn’s Groβe Orgelmesse and Mozart’s Litaniae Lauretanae.
Bruce holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Hons.) and an Associate Diploma in Opera (V.C.A.) from the University of Melbourne.
Bruce made his debut with Lyric as Gravenstein in The Red Apple (Pomm d'api) then returned as Thoas in Iphigenie en Tauride, as Albert in Werther before taking on the title role in Il Signor Bruschino.