Romanian operatic bass Leonard Bernad studied at the National University of Music in Bucharest with Maria Slatinaru. After graduating, he made his debut at the National Opera of Bucharest as Canciano in Wolf-Ferrari’s I quattro rusteghi. In 2011, Bernad was accepted into the eminent Centre de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia, and from 2013-2015 he was a member of the Bayerische Staatsoper’s Opernstudio.
A current member of the Vlaamse Opera ensemble, Bernad’s engagements for the 2015/16 season include various performances at Opera Vlaanderen in Belgium, such as Biterolf in Tannhauser, Idraote/Astarotte in Armida, Pharnaces in Der Konig Kandaules, Colline in La boheme, Lodovico in Otello, La Voce di Nettuno in Idomeneo re di Creta, and Joe in Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny.
In the 2014/15 season, Bernad sang multiple roles at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, including Un usciere in Rigoletto, Un doganiere in La boheme, Yakuside in Madama Butterfly, Le Gouverneur in Le comte Ory, Un domestic di Flora in La Traviata, and Ein Diener in Lulu. Engagements from the 2013/14 season included Marchese in Mirandolina at the Bayerische Staatsoper, as well as Stimme dere Wächter der Stadt in Die Frau ohne Schatten and Sameskin/Kosak in Zeisls Hiob at the Munich Opera Festival. In the 2012/13 season, Bernad sang multiple roles at Oper Köln, including Chirurgo in La forza del destino, Gefangener in Fidelio, Wilhelm Grimm in La cenerentola, Senator in Die Gezeichneten, and Aristeus/Pluto in Orphee aux enfers.
Bernad’s engagements for the 2011/12 season included Mitiuja in Boris Godunov, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, and Gitano in Il trovatore at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia. In the same season, he sang Il Vecchio Zingaro in Il trovatore and Il Capo de la Guardia in Cherubini’s Medea, both productions conducted by Zubin Mehta and screened at the 2012 Festival del Mediterrani. In July of 2011, he appeared as the Commissario di Polizia in Menotti’s Amelia Al Ballo under the musical direction of Plácido Domingo. In the summer of 2012, Bernad appeared alongside Edita Gruberova in Bellini’s La straniera at the Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich, and in 2013 he sang the same part at the Vienna Musikverein in celebration of Edita Gruberova’s 45th Stage Anniversary concert.