Having performed the role of John the Baptist in Salome with San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Vancouver Opera, Greer is excited to be making his Dallas Opera debut this season with Deborah Voigt in the title role. The San Francisco Chronicle exclaimed: "Bass-baritone Greer Grimsley was a thunderous and dramatically compelling Jokanaan. Grimsley invested the part with rhetorical strength and an air of moral solidity - the perfect antithesis to Salome's eroticized jitters."
Other engagements this season include Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West with Minnesota Opera, a return to Seattle Opera as Scarpia in Tosca, the High Priest in Samson et Dalilah with Atlanta Symphony, and his long awaited debut as the sadistically demonic barber, Sweeney Todd for Vancouver Opera!
Future seasons through 2017 will include returns to the Metropolitan Opera, New National Theatre Tokyo, Gran Teatre del Liceu, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, San Diego Opera, as well as a debut with the Ravinia Festival.
Bass-baritone Greer Grimsley made for a genuinely menacing Pizarro/Nazi officer without allowing his portrayal to slip into parody. His sharp, crisp, biting approach to both the verbal and vocal aspects of his role, adding to the oppressive atmosphere of the opera before redemption is at hand.
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The 2013 “Der Ring des Nibelungen“ is Seattle Opera's first live audio recording, and its first recording of Wagner’s epic opera cycle about the Norse gods and their downfall. Released in June, the recording was made last year in McCaw Hall with a specially calibrated custom microphone system that captures the big, dramatic voices required for this music. Available as a 14-CD box set, digital download or online streaming, the recording features Greer Grimsley (Wotan), Stephanie Blythe (Fricka, Second Norn and Waltraute), Stuart Skelton (Siegmund) and Alwyn Mellor (Brűnnhilde) among others, and captures what Jenkins calls the best “Ring” he produced in his 31 years with the company.
The recording is available for $150 through seattleopera.org/ringCD, commercially through itunes.com, and in box set from Sept. 9.
Star bass-baritone Greer Grimsley will perform the role of Wotan in The Metropolitan Opera’s spring 2013 production of Wagner’s complete Ring Cycle, May 4 (Das Rheingold), 6 (Die Walküre), and 8 (Siegfried), 2013
Grimsley’s most recent performances as the most powerful God throughout Wagner's Ring Cycle have been widely lauded as "the arrival of the next great Wotan." The American singing actor has deepened and darkened his portrayal of Wotan over the past eight years with multiple American and international companies such as Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper der Stadt Köln, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Seattle Opera, and on tour to Shanghai. Mr. Grimsley's other Wagnerian credits that have let him to be labelled a leading interpreter include: Telramund in Lohengrin with the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Danish Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Seattle Opera; Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde with the Prague National Theatre, the Royal Danish Opera, the Opera de Bellas Artes in Mexico, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and with Seattle Opera; Amfortas in Parsifal with the Metropolitan Opera; and his other signature role as the terrifying Der Fliegende Holländer with performances at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna under Maestro Gatti’s baton, with the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy, France, with Seattle Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa, and in Lithuania.
In addition to reprising the role in Seattle Opera’s full Ring for the third time in 2013, the Villians in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, he will also sing Don Pizarro in Fidelio with Seattle Opera, and the High Priest in Samson et Dalila in his hometown of New Orleans Opera. Future season see returns to San Francisco Opera in two productions, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in two productions, a return to Dallas Opera, and a return to San Diego Opera.
Soon to be announced will be Mr. Grimsley’s returns to the Metropolitan Opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Oper der Stadt Köln, the San Francisco Opera, and Seattle Opera, in his signature roles in 2013, 2014, and beyond. Stay tuned to hear about his most exciting upcoming RING Cycle yet!