American baritone Rod Gilfry, two-time Grammy award nominee, singer and actor, has performed in all of the world’s music capitals. 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. Most recently, he originated the role of Walt Whitman in Matthew Aucoin’s Crossing in Boston, The Father in Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice with LA Opera, Claudius in Brett Dean’s Hamlet with Glyndebourne Festival, and David Lang’s the loser in New York City.
In the 2022-2023 season, Rod will appear as Alfred Stieglitz in Kevin Puts’ The Brightness of Light, opposite Renée Fleming with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, Naples (FL) Philharmonic and Oregon Symphony, Scarpia in Tosca, a role debut, with Houston Grand Opera and Claudius in Brett Dean’s Hamlet for a reprisal with the Bayerische Staatsoper.
In the 2021-2022 season, Rod Gilfry returned to the Metropolitan Opera to reprise Claudius in Brett Dean’s Hamlet, originated the role of Robert McNamara in Washington National Opera’s world premiere Written in Stone by Huang Ruo and David Henry Hwang, and portrayed the Marquis de la Force in Dialogues des Carmelites with the Houston Grand Opera. Continuing with the success of The Brightness of Light, Mr. Gilfry and Renée Fleming reprised the work with Dallas Symphony and Baltimore Symphony. Finally, with the San Francisco Symphony, Mr. Gilfry performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.