Allan Glassman - The Witch
Tenor Allan Glassman has thrilled audiences throughout America and Europe with his vibrant timbre and committed interpretations of roles. A regular at the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Glassman triumphed as Herod in and new production of Salome starring Karita Mattila in 2004, and has since been heard in the MET’s productions of Die Frau Ohne Schatten, Boris Godunov, The Great Gatsby, Carmen, Elektra, Katya Kabanova and The Ghost of Versailles. He has also been a frequent guest at New York City Opera, where he has performed the title role in Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Don Jose in Carmen and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, among many other productions.
In the 2009-2010 season and beyond, performances include Herod in Salome at the San Diego Opera, the title role in Otello at the Palm Beach Opera and Dallas Opera, Turridu in Cavalleria Rusticana at Opera Lyra Ottawa, his role debut as The Witch in Hänsel und Gretel at the Portland Opera, a return to the MET for Elektra, and Flask in Jake Heggie’s new opera Moby Dick at the Dallas Opera and the San Diego Opera. He took part in the San Francisco Opera’s workshop of Moby Dick during the summer 2009.
Over the past few season, Mr. Glassman’s noted engagements have include Herod in Salome at the Dallas Opera, the Prince in Rusalka in the Czech Republic, Shuisky in Boris Godunov with San Diego Opera, Walter Engelmann in Pasatieri’s Frau Margotat Fort Worth Opera, Salome in a return to the MET, Canio in I Pagliacciand Pollione in Norma at Palm Beach Opera, Cavaradossi in a new production of Toscaat the Belleayre Music Festival, Calaf in Turandotand Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Opera New Jersey, Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut with Fresno Grand Opera, Sacco in Sacco and Vanzettiat the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Manrico in Il Trovatore at the San Antonio Opera, the title role in Otello with Des Moines Metro Opera and at the Chautauqua Festival, Mahler’s Lied von der Erdewith the Xalapa Symphony in Mexico, and concerts with the Albany Symphony, the Guadalahara Symphony Orchestra the Fox Valley Symphony.
In Europe, recent performances include Manrico in Il Trovatore with the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin; Samson in Samson and Dalilah at the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv; title role in Ernani, Don Jose in Carmen and I Vespri Siciliani with L’Opéra de Nice; I Vespri Siciliani with Den Norske Opera; Carmen with Opera Valencia in Spain and the Prince in Rusalka with Oper Frankfurt. In concert he has sung Prince Osaka in Mascagni’s Iris with the Münchner Philharmoniker and Verdi’s Requiem with L’Opéra de Nice.
Additional noted U.S. engagements from past seasons include Samson in Samson and Dalilah at Opera Pacific, Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy, Wozzeck and Mazeppa at the Metropolitan Opera, Calaf in Turandot, Shuisky in Boris Godunov, and Boris in Katya Kabanova with Florida Grand Opera, the title role in Idomeneo with The Los Angeles Opera, where he was double cast with Placido Domingo, and Herod in Salome with Ft. Worth Opera. In concert, he performed Rusalkawith The Fort Worth Symphony, Das Lied von der Erde with Grand Rapids Symphony, and Boito’s Mephistofele with Boston Concert Opera.