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Greer Grimsley - Don Pizarro
American Bass-Baritone Greer Grimsley has gained international recognition as an outstanding singing actor and is one of leading interpreters of the Wagnerian repertoire. In Seattle Opera’s recent Der Ring des Nibelungen, the Seattle Times says “Grimsley’s big, resplendent voice is the right size and color for this vital role; as Wotan, he sounds like a singer who has found his true home. He’s an adept actor, too, never overplaying his hand and relating to the rest of the cast with unflagging intensity.” Additionally, Mr. Grimsley made his Metropolitan debut as Captain Balstrode in Peter Grimes and has subsequently performed there as Escamillo in Carmen, Jokanaan in Salome, Scarpia in Tosca, Telramund in Lohengrin and Amfortas in Parsifal. Mr. Grimsley first came to international attention as Escamillo in the Peter Brook production of La tragédie de Carmen, which he has sung in venues around the world, including his Italian debuts at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna.
Engagements during the 2006-2007 Season included the title role in Der Fliegende Holländer with the Seattle Opera, the title role in Macbeth with Vancouver Opera, the title role in Der Fliegende Holländer in Lithuania, High Priest in Samson et Dalila with San Diego Opera, Claggart in Billy Budd with Pittsburgh Opera, Rigoletto with San Francisco Opera, and Wotan in Siegfried in Venice. Additional recent engagements include Jokanaan in Salome with Michigan Opera Theater and Santa Fe Opera, Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West and Telramund in Lohengrin with Seattle Opera, as well as Scarpia in Tosca and the title role in Der Fliegende Holländer with Pittsburgh Opera, the title role in Bluebeard’s Castle with Montreal Opera, his debut as Wotan in Stephen Wadsworth’s Der Ring des Nibelungen with Seattle Opera Summer 2005, Scarpia in Tosca with Portland Opera, and Wotan in Die Walküre in Venice. In concert, he recently performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Atlanta Symphony at Carnegie Hall and Scarpia in Tosca with Deborah Voight and the Minnesota Orchestra.
During the 2007-2008 Season, Mr. Grimsley performed Scarpia in Tosca with the Seattle Opera, Mephistopheles in Faust with New Orleans Opera, Verdi Requiem with the Teatro Colon, Schnittke’s Faust Cantata with the Gulbenkian Orchestra under Rolf Beck, Don Pizzarro in Fidelio with the Saint Louis Symphony, and Amonasro in Aida with Portland Opera.
Engagements for the 2008-2009 Season include Don Pizzarro in Fidelio with Opera Company of Philadelphia and Portland Opera, Scarpia in Tosca with San Diego Opera, and Jokanaan in Salome with the Vancouver Opera and Opera Pacific, the Der Ring des Nibelungen with the Seattle Opera.
Previous European engagements have included the title role in Der Fliegende Holländer at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna under Maestro Gatti’s baton, Telramund in Lohengrin, and Mandryka in Arabella with the Royal Danish Opera, Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde with the Prague National Theatre, the Royal Danish Opera, and the Opera de Bellas Artes in Mexico, the title role in Der Fliegende Holländer in Nancy, France, Mephistopheles in Faust in Oviedo, Spain, Jochanaan in Salome with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Aarhus-Den Jyske Opera in Denmark, the Scottish Opera, and the Opera de Bellas Artes in Mexico, Don Pizarro in Fidelio with the Scottish Opera, the title role in Don Giovanni and Scarpia in Tosca with the Stadttheater Basel in Switzerland, the Villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann with New Israeli Opera, and Amonasro in Aïda with Opera de Caracas in Venezuela.
Mr. Grimsley has performed Escamillo in Carmen with the Seattle Opera, Baltimore Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Vancouver Opera, Edmonton Opera, the St. Louis Symphony, the Teatro Real, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Scottish Opera, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and at the Bergenz Festival in Austria. He created the role of Canyka in the world premiere of Ashoka’s Dream with Santa Fe Opera and performed the Count de Luna in the American premiere of Verdi’s French-language version of Il trovatore, Le Trouvère. He has also performed at the Wexford Festival in Ireland as Richard Lionheart in Marschner’s Der Templer und Die Juden. Mr. Grimsley made his New York Philharmonic debut as Don Pizzaro in Fidelio with conductor Kurt Masur at the inaugural season of the Lincoln Center Festival.