About the artist:
American baritone Rod Gilfry, a two-time Grammy award nominee, singer, and actor, has performed in all of the world’s music capitals. Previously with HGO, he originated the role of Mr. Potter in Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life (2016). His most recent Grammy Award nomination was for his performance in the title role of Messiaen’s monumental opera Saint François d’Assise in Amsterdam. Best known as an opera singer, he is also an acclaimed recitalist and concert artist, and appears frequently in musical theater classics. His discography of 28 audio and video recordings includes the DVD and CD of his one-man show My Heart is So Full of You. With a 77-role repertoire, Gilfry sings music ranging from the Baroque to works composed expressly for him. In recent seasons, he has originated the role of Walt Whitman in Matthew Aucoin’s Crossing in Boston, The Father in Aucoin’s Eurydice at Los Angeles Opera, Alfred Stieglitz in Kevin Puts’s The Brightness of Light opposite Renée Fleming, Claudius in Brett Dean’s Hamlet with Glyndebourne Festival, and David Lang’s solo opera the loser in New York City. This season, Gilfry returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Claudius in Brett Dean’s Hamlet and originates the role of Robert McNamara in the world premiere of Huang Ruo’s and David Henry Hwang’s Written in Stone at Washington National Opera. In addition, he and Renée Fleming reprise The Brightness of Light with Los Angeles Opera, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Finally, he sings Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the San Francisco Symphony. In addition to his full-time performance schedule, Gilfry is an Associate Professor of Vocal Arts at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.