Greer Grimsley

Greer Grimsley made his San Francisco Opera debut as Scarpia in the 2001 production of Tosca and returned in 2006 as Count Monterone in Rigoletto and in 2009 as Jokanaan in Salome. The New Orleans native first came to international attention as Escamillo in the world tour of the Peter Brook production La Tragédie de Carmen. He garnered critical acclaim in 2005 and 2009 as Wotan/the Wanderer in Seattle Opera’s Ring cycle, which he also performed in Cologne (2010) and sings this season at the Metropolitan Opera. Grimsley made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Captain Balstrode (Peter Grimes) and has subsequently performed there as Escamillo (Carmen) Jokanaan, Scarpia, Telramund (Lohengrin), and Amfortas (Parsifal). He created the role of Canyka in the world premiere of Ashoka's Dream with the Santa Fe Opera and performed Count de Luna in the American premiere of Verdi's Le Trouvère, the French-language version of Il Trovatore. The American bass-baritone’s other career highlights include Don Pizzarro (Fidelio) with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Portland Opera and Portuguese National Opera; Scarpia with the San Diego Opera and Seattle Opera; Jokanaan at Opera Pacific and Vancouver Opera; Wotan (Das Rheingold) in concert with the Indianapolis Symphony; Amonasro (Aida) with Portland Opera; the title role of Der Fliegende Holländer with Seattle Opera; Méphistophélès (Faust) with New Orleans Opera; the title role of Macbeth with Vancouver Opera; Claggart (Billy Budd) with Pittsburgh Opera; and Wotan (Siegfried) in Venice; Jokanaan with Arizona Opera; Scarpia with Montreal Opera and Opera Colorado; and Macbeth with Opera Lyra Ottawa. Other engagements in 2013 include the Four Villains (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) in Barcelona and the High Priest (Samson et Dalila) with New Orleans Opera.