Jesse Merlin (Solveig’s Father / Troll King) makes his SFS debut this week. As Dr. Hill in Re-Animator: The Musical, he performed at Edinburgh Fringe, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Hayworth Theatre, and the Steve Allen Theater, earning an Ovation Award nomination. He sang five roles in Silence! The Musical in Los Angeles, appears in the premiere of The National Lampoon Show at the Hayworth Theatre in February 2013, and acts in the cult film FDR: American Badass! Among his other roles are The President in The Beastly Bombing, Mephistopheles in Faust, Leporello in Don Giovanni, and the Criminologist in the Rocky Horror Blu-ray. A former resident artist with Opera San Jose, he has sung forty-five roles with Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Las Vegas, West Bay Opera, Long Beach Opera, Lamplighters, Opera A La Carte (L.A.), Théâtre du Rond-Point in Paris, and others.