From: Rancho Cucamonga, California. LA Opera: Herald in Otello (1986, debut). By the closing performance of Eurydice, he will have appeared in 168 performances of 32 roles, including the title roles of Billy Budd (2000), The Barber of Seville (1991, 1997) and Don Giovanni (1994).
Other notable LA Opera roles include Papageno in The Magic Flute (1993, 2002); Walt Whitman in Matthew Aucoin's Crossing (2018); and as the soloist in David Lang's one-man opera the loser (2019). He will return in 2021 in The Brightness of Light by Kevin Puts.
Born and raised in Southern California, he earned degrees from California State University Fullerton, and the University of Southern California. From 1987 to 1989 he was a member of the Frankfurt Opera ensemble, and from 1989 to 1994 he was a member of the Zurich Opera ensemble.
The two-time Grammy nominee, singer and actor has performed in all the world's music capitals. He is acclaimed world-wide in opera, musicals, recitals and cabaret. He has created 12 leading roles in opera world premieres, most recently in the Brooklyn Academy of Music solo opera by David Lang, the loser; and at the Houston Grand Opera in Jake Heggie's It's a Wonderful Life. Other recent appearances include: Adelaide Festival (Brett Dean's Hamlet), Glyndebourne Festival (Hamlet world premiere), Metropolitan Opera (Thomas Adès The Exterminating Angel), Brooklyn Academy of Music (Aucoin's Crossing), Los Angeles Master Chorale (Beethoven Missa Solemnis), Edinburgh Festival (Così fan tutte), American Repertory Theater Boston (Matthew Aucoin's Crossing world premiere), Zurich Opera (Rote Laterne world premiere), NYC Mostly Mozart Festival (Cosi fan tutte), San Francisco Symphony (The Tempest), Alabama Symphony (Beethoven 9th Symphony), Vienna Volksoper (Kismet), New York City Opera (Anna Nicole), Aix-en-Provence Festival (Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte), Quebec City Festival (The Tempest), Los Angeles Philharmonic (Cosi fan tutte), London Royal Opera Covent Garden (Anna Nicole), Metropolitan Opera (The Merry Widow) and the Milwaukee Symphony (Cosi fan tutte).
Recent recordings include Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Heggie's It's a Wonderful Life, Great Voices Sing John Denver, Matson's Cooperstown, Stucky's August 4th, 1964. Recent and upcoming appearances include San Bernardino Symphony solo concert, Phoenix Symphony (Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem), CSU Fullerton Elijah, Santa Fe Opera (Ariadne auf Naxos, Cosi fan tutte), Seoul (Cosi fan tutte), San Francisco Opera (It's a Wonderful Life), Metropolitan Opera (Dead Man Walking).
Rod Gilfry is an Associate Professor of Vocal Arts at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles.