Paul Groves

Paul Groves is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Young Artists Development Program. He made his Met debut in 1992 as the Steersman in The Flying Dutchman and returned to perform Camille de Rossillon in The Merry Widow, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, Lysander in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, among other roles. Mr. Groves made his San Francisco Opera debut as Fenton in Falstaff and has returned for performances as Ferrando and Belmonte in The Abduction from the Seraglio. He last performed with the San Francisco Symphony in 2005.

In recent seasons, Mr. Groves has made his debut as Alwa in Berg’s Lulu at Teatro Real (Madrid), and as Gualtiero in Vivaldi’s Griselda at Santa Fe Opera. Last season, he returned to the BBC Proms for Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the London Symphony Orchestra, a program that toured to other European capitals and New York’s Avery Fisher Hall. He performed in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, made his debut as Albert Gregor in Janáček’s The Makropulos Case with the Frankfurt Opera, returned to Teatro Real for Stravinsky’s Perséphone, and appeared in his hometown in New Orleans Opera’s Un ballo in maschera. Concert appearances also included The Apostles with Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra, and Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust at the Bergen Festival. Mr. Groves began the current season singing Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with baritone Thomas Hampson and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. His international performances this season include Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust with the MDR Symphony Orchestra. Operatic engagements include Iphigénie en Aulide with Theater an der Wien and Don Giovanni with Teatro Real.

On DVD, Paul Groves is featured in the Salzburg Festival’s productions of The Magic Flute and La damnation de Faust. His other recordings include Roger Waters’s Ça Ira, an album of Ravel cantatas, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, The Abduction from the Seraglio, and Alceste.

(January 2013)