Rod Gilfry



Biography

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 74-role repertoire, he 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 with Renée Fleming. Other world premieres include Nicholas, Deborah Drattel's Nicholas and Alexandra (Los Angeles, opposite Plácido Domingo), Nathan, Nicholas Maw's Sophie's Choice (London, Washington D.C.), Jack London, Libby Larsen's Every Man Jack (Sonoma, CA), and Edward Gaines, Richard Danielpour's Margaret Garner (Detroit, Cincinnati, Philadelphia). He created his sixth world premiere in Zürich in October 2010 in the title role of Gesualdo, by Marc-André Dalbavie.

Other projects in 2011 include performances as Lyndon Baines Johnson in August 4th, 1964 by Steven Stucky in Dallas and at Carnegie Hall with the Dallas Symphony, the title role in Sondheim's Sweeney Todd at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Frank Butler to Deborah Voigt's Annie in Annie Get Your Gun with Glimmerglass Opera, and concerts with Oregon Bach Festival and San Francisco Choral Society. He makes his New York City Opera debut in 2012 as Don Alfonso in their new production of Cosi fan tutte.

He devoted his entire 2009-10 Season to the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. He currently stars as Emile de Becque in the U.S. National Tour of the Lincoln Center Production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, a production that garnered 7 Tony Awards in 2008. In December, he also appeared as Captain von Trapp in the Théâtre du Châtelet production of The Sound of Music in Paris, with his daughter Carin Gilfry playing the part of his daughter Liesl.

The 2008-09 Season saw him in concert as Sam in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra in Munich, an appearance at New York's Carnegie Zankel Hall in an all-Bernstein recital with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, song recitals in the California cities of Claremont, La Jolla, San Luis Obispo Santa Monica and Santa Rosa, and in Sedona, Arizona. He was Captain Balstrode in Peter Grimes in San Diego, Lancelot in Camelot at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, and he appeared as Sam in Trouble in Tahiti in Munich again, but this time in a staged production at the Bavarian State Opera with conductor Kent Nagano.

Other notable appearances include the title roles of Busoni's Doktor Faust (San Francisco Opera), Britten's Billy Budd (Geneva, Paris, London, Dallas, Los Angeles), Mozart's Don Giovanni (Los Angeles, Zürich, Lyon, London, Parma, Dallas, Minneapolis, Amsterdam), Danilo in Lehar's The Merry Widow (Los Angeles, Zürich, San Francisco, Dallas), and Robert Storch in Strauss's Intermezzo, (Zurich).

He is an Assistant Professor of Vocal Arts at the University of Southern California Thornton School Of Music, where he teaches between out of town engagements.

April 2012

 

Rod Gilfry