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Reid Bruton Talks Opera and Film

Name almost any major Hollywood film in the last decade and Reid Bruton may very well have sung on its soundtrack. From Star Wars to Suicide Squad to Frozen, Bruton’s rich bass voice can be heard in the background of an emotional moment (like the epic moment in Star Wars between Supreme Leader Snoke and Kylo Ren) or as a menacing creature-like sound effect.  He can do it all, and that includes opera.  Bruton has been singing with the LA Opera Chorus for almost 20 years, appearing in more than 80 productions with numerous appearances in comprimario roles. We caught up with Bruton before his work as Macbeth’s servant for this season’s opening production, to chat about his varied roles in opera and film.

How long have you been part of the LA Opera chorus?

Il Trovatore (1997)

Reid Bruton – “Il Trovatore” (1997)

Since 1997. My first production was LAO’s first Il Trovatore.

Did you always have a love of opera?

Oh, yes! I was raised in a farming community near Memphis and I used to drive a tractor for my father, which was equiped with a small radio inside. On Saturday mornings, I would plow fields and listen to the Metropolitan Opera on the radio or put in a cassette tape of Leontyne Price or Maria Callas singing. I listened and loved it, but never saw an opera until I went to college where I was a double degree in voice/opera and piano.

Why have you stayed with LA Opera for so long?

Eugene Onegin (2011/2012) with Oksana Dyka

Eugene Onegin (2011/2012) with Oksana Dyka

There are many reasons, but one of the most important is that at LA Opera I have the unique opportunity to work closely with some of the most notable singers in the world today… singing and acting with them very closely. Being on stage with great artists who inspire me and whom I learn from – it’s better than a college degree.  I teach voice privately.  So by getting to work so closely with all of these great singers with different voice types I am able to share, first hand, my experience and observations with my students.

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