Orest in Elektra. Previously: High Priest of Dagon in Samson and Delilah (2002); Scarpia in Tosca (1996); Sharpless in Madame Butterfly, Luther/Crespel in The Tales of Hoffmann (1983); Mandarin in Turandot andNarumov in The Queen of Spades (1982); Kuligin in Katya Kabanova, Lucas in The Student Prince, and Count Horn in A Masked Ball (1981); and 2nd armored man/2nd priest in The Magic Flute (1980). HGO Studio artist (1980–83).
About the Artist:
Greer Grimsley, an alumnus of the HGO Studio (1980–83), was last seen at HGO as the High Priest of Dagon in Samson and Delilah (2002). Other roles at HGO include Scarpia in Tosca (1996), Sharpless in Madame Butterfly (1983), Luther/Crespel in The Tales of Hoffmann (1983), and many others. Grimsley is internationally recognized in the Wagner repertoire—he is a leading interpreter of the role of Wotan in Wagner’s Ring cycle and sang the role for the Metropolitan Opera in Robert Lepage’s production, followed by Stephen Wadsworth’s production for Seattle Opera, his third complete Ring cycle for that company in the last decade. His interpretation of Wotan has brought him to many opera houses, including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, New National Theatre Tokyo, and the Nikikai Opera Foundation in Tokyo. This season, he reprises Wotan with San Francisco Opera and sings the title role in Macbeth with Opera San Antonio, Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde with Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance and an end of the season concert for San Diego Opera, Scarpia in Tosca with Michigan Opera Theatre, and excerpts from Die Walküre with Pacific Symphony. Future engagements through 2020 include multiple returns to the Metropolitan Opera, Dallas Opera, and Teatro Real in Madrid.