Rod Gilfry



Rod Gilfry, two-time Grammy nominee, singer and actor, has performed in all the world’s music capitals. His most recent Grammy nomination was for his 2008 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. His radio program, Opera Notes on Air, aired on K-Mozart 105.1 FM in Los Angeles for over three years. With a 77-role repertoire, Mr. Gilfry sings music from the Baroque to that composed expressly for him. He was brought to worldwide attention when he created the role of Stanley Kowalski in the 1998 premiere of André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire at the San Francisco Opera, opposite Renée Fleming. Other world premieres: Nicholas in Deborah Drattel’s Nicholas and Alexandra (Los Angeles, opposite Placido Domingo); Nathan in Nicholas Maw’s Sophie’s Choice (London, Washington D.C.); Jack London in Libby Larsen’s Every Man Jack (Sonoma, CA); Edward Gaines in Richard Danielpour’s Margaret Garner (Detroit, Cincinnati, Philadelphia). the title role in Marc-André Dalbavie’s Gesualdo (Zurich), Master Chen in Christian Jost’s Die Rote Laterne (Zurich). He created his eighth world premiere in Boston in 2015 in the role of Walt Whitman in Matthew Aucoin’s Crossing.

In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Gilfry returns to The Metropolitan Opera to sing Alberto Roc in the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s Exterminating Angel and to the Santa Fe Opera to sing the Musiklehrer in Ariadne auf Naxos. He will also reprise his acclaimed performance as Walt Whitman in Matthew Aucoin’s Crossing at the Los Angeles Opera and Brooklyn Academy of Music, as well as Claudius in Brett Dean’s Hamlet at the Adelaide Festival. In concert, he sings Elijah with the Phoenix Symphony and a Mozart arias concert with the San Bernardino Symphony.

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“Rod Gilfry in a tour-de-force performance. Gilfry sings every phrase with crisp diction and dramatic point, delivering phrases with virile energy, sudden bluster, or, during vulnerable moments, an aching confusion that takes you by surprise. He is becoming the singer of choice for new American operas.”

Anthony Tommasini

New York Times