In the 2014-15 season, Craig Verm (Second Prisoner) creates the role of Doug Hansen in the world premiere of Joby Talbot’s Everest with Dallas Opera and appears as George in Floyd’s Of Mice and Men with Tulsa Opera and in the title role of Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry at Florentine Opera. He also returns to Nashville Opera as Marcello in La bohème, Gotham Chamber Opera as the Miller in Montsalvatge’s El gato con botas, and sings Brahms’s A German Requiem at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. Last season, he made his Asian debut with Seiji Ozawa’s Ongaku-juku Festival as the Count in Le nozze di Figaro and returned to Pittsburgh Opera for Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Glass’s the CIVIL WarS, and Gotham Chamber Opera for the world premiere of Lembit Beecher’s I Have No Stories to Tell You and Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. In addition, he joined Nashville Opera in the role of Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles and sang his first performances of Eugene Onegin with Aspen Opera Center.
Mr. Verm received degrees from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. He was also a 2006 national semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and is also a former member of the young artist programs of Santa Fe Opera and Cincinnati Opera. He makes his San Francisco Symphony debut with these performances.