od 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.
The 2015-16 season included Don Alfonso in Cosi fan
Tutte with the Milwaukee Symphony, a symposium and master class for NATS at Chapman University,
Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Alabama Symphony, and Hajj in Kismet with the Vienna
This Summer he appeared as Don Alfonso in a new production of Così fan
Tutte at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, with further performances at the Edinburgh Festival and
the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York City.
The 2016-17 season begins with Mr. Gilfry creating
his 9th world premiere in David Lang's new one-man opera The Loser at BAM's Next Wave
Festival in Brooklyn. He will return to the Phoenix Symphony to sing
Messiah (with his daughter Carin Gilfry as alto soloist), will appear with the Los Angeles
Master Chorale in Walt Disney Concert Hall as bass soloist in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, and
will sing his first Wotan in Das Rheingold at the Biwako Hall Center for the Performing Arts
in Shiga, Japan, under the direction of Michael Hampe.
In the Summer of 2017, he will sing
Claudius in the world premiere of Brett Dean's Hamlet at the Glyndebourne Festival. Other
future engagements include performances and a recording of Aucoin's Crossing at the Brooklyn
Academy of Music, a return to the Santa Fe Opera in a Strauss opera, and performances of Così fan Tutte
Recent projects include Howard K. Stern in Turnage's Anna Nicole with the New
York City Opera and the Royal Opera Covent Garden, a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Danilo in a
new production of The Merry Widow opposite Susan Graham, Peter in Hansel and Gretel
with the Alabama Symphony, Don Giovanni at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, concerts with the
San Francisco Symphony in music of Thomas Adès and Felix Mendelssohn, performances with the
Dallas Symphony as Lyndon Baines Johnson in Steven Stucky's August 4th, 1964 in Dallas and at
Carnegie Hall, and selections from Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Grand Rapids
Symphony. He sang the title role in Sondheim's Sweeney Todd at the Théâtre du
Châtelet in Paris and with Opera Theater of St Louis, Frank Butler to Deborah Voigt's Annie
in Annie Get Your Gun at the Glimmerglass Festival, and Brahm's Ein deutsches Requiem at
the Oregon Bach Festival. He appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel for the
final installment of their Mozart/Da Ponte Trilogy as Don Alfonso in Così fan Tutte,
directed by Christopher Alden.
Mr. Gilfry devoted his entire 2009/10 Season to the music of
Rodgers and Hammerstein, starring 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. 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 in the role of his
In addition to his full-time performance schedule, Mr. Gilfry is an Associate
Professor of Vocal Arts at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.
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