Baritone Rod Gilfry was brought to worldwide attention when he created the role of Stanley Kowalski in the 1998 premiere of André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire at San Francisco Opera. His other world premieres include Deborah Drattel's Nicholas and Alexandra, Nicholas Maw's Sophie's Choice, Libby Larsen's Every Man Jack, Richard Danielpour's Margaret Garner, and the title role of Gesualdo, by Marc-André Dalbavie.
In the 2013-14 season Mr. Gilfry returns to New York City Opera for the American premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole and as the Count in Le nozze di Figaro. He also travels to Japan for Così fan tutte at the Hyogo Arts Center and to London for the Royal Opera Covent Garden’s production of Anna Nicole. Other future engagements include Danilo in Léhar’s The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera and Così fan tutte with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Mr. Gilfry’s recent projects include performances of Steven Stucky’s August 4th, 1964 in Dallas and at Carnegie Hall with the Dallas Symphony, Adès’s The Tempest with Festival Opéra de Québec, the title role in Sondheim's Sweeney Todd at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and with Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun with Glimmerglass Opera, the title role of Don Giovanni at the Aix-en-Provence Festival,and his New York City Opera debut as Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte.
Mr. Gilfry holds the Steven Crocker Chair in Music at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he is an Associate Professor of Vocal Arts. These current performances mark his San Francisco Symphony debut.