Admired for his vibrant and elegant tenor, Travis Whitlock is described as an emerging artist with electric charm and vocal presence. Colleagues and conductors cite his charismatic interpretations as the bastion of his blooming skill in the light lyric and virtuosic repertoire.
Travis’ operatic credits include Gherardo/Gianni Schicchi, Ferando/Cosi fan tutte, John Lewis/The March, Arithmétique/L’enfant et les sortilèges, Angel/Impresario, Guillot/Manon, Boles/Peter Grimes, and Southern Gentleman in the premiere of Small Change.
Travis has performed professionally in operetta and musical theater in the roles of Guillot/Marriage aux lanterns, Pierre/Nutshell Kids, Notary/Yeoman of the Guard, and Tree/Paul Bunyan. He has performed throughout the Midwest region with Chicago Operaplayhouse, presenting outreach in the roles of Umlaut/Cinderhood and as Prince Charming in the debut work Knightly News.
As a member of the company's roster, Travis is a regular actor with Lyric Opera of Chicago. His cameo appearances include Pallbearer and Fisherman/Porgy and Bess (Zambello), Villager and Mobster/Don Giovanni (Falls), Footman and Cook/Rusalka (McVicar).
In concert repertoire Travis has made strides as a soloist. His experience includes Mozart’s Missa Brevis and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Chamber Ensemble of the Atonement. He was invited to present movements from Henry Purcell's Harmonia Sacra in collaboration with Grace Episcopal and was delighted to commence the 2013 annual Community Action Partnership national convention held in Chicago by singing the Star Spangled Banner live on Michigan Avenue.
As an ensemble member Travis has held positions on the seasonal rosters of the Marion Consort and the International Chamber Artists of Chicago. While engaged with the Merit School of Music, Travis was in the ensemble that performed Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses at the Chicago Theater and presented Distant Worlds: Final Fantasy at the Rosemont Theater, a symphony celebrating the 20th anniversary of the game. His ensemble credits also include the live concert recording of Game of Thrones at the Allstate Arena; 2017 Lollapalooza as a background singer for Chance the Rapper; and he is a regular member of Vocality, a seasonal choir with the Ravina Festival.
An ardent lover of song, Travis has passion for both contemporary and early music. He has recorded with Main Street Studios, the University of Miami Master Chorale (FL), and presented dramatic prose for the Literacy Project with Pressure Studios in Chicago.
Travis lives in Chicago, Illinois and received his masters of music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University. He also holds a graduate degree from Columbia College and trained at the Salzburg College in Austria before completing undergraduate work at the University of Miami, Florida. Travis is a native of Dallas, Texas.