Kelly Markgraf (The Comtoise Clock, The Black Cat)
Bass-baritone Kelly Markgraf made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2013 as Bernardo in West Side Story, recorded live in concert for SFS Media. Recent roles include Paul Jobs in the premiere of Mason Bates’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs at Santa Fe Opera and Hannah-Before in the premiere of Laura Kaminsky’s transgender opera As One, a role he has since reprised with Opera Colorado and San Diego Opera. The 2018-19 season marks the release of his recent world premiere recording of John Harbison’s Requiem with Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony, as well as the world premiere of Marc Neikrug's chamber opera A Song by Mahler. In another premiere, Mr. Markgraf creates the role of Ring Lardner in Joel Puckett's The FIX at Minnesota Opera. As a frequent chamber music collaborator, Mr. Markgraf has appeared at Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and pianist Wu Han, as well as the OK Mozart, Chamber Music Northwest, and Music@Menlo festivals. He has twice performed in recital with the Marilyn Horne Foundation at Carnegie Hall, and he has collaborated in recital with pianists Gil Kalish and Ken Noda.