Joseph Frank

Since his 1974 San Francisco Opera debut, tenor Joseph Frank has appeared on the War Memorial stage in more than twenty-five lyric and character roles which include Goro in Madama Butterfly, Beppe in Pagliacci, Pong and Emperor Altoum in Turandot, Bardolfo in Falstaff, Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wagner in Mefistofele, Spalanzani in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, the Dancing Master in Ariadne auf Naxos, the Fool in Boris Godunov, and Spoletta in Tosca. Frank made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1979 in Ariadne auf Naxos, and he has returned there for numerous assignments including Manon Lescaut, Der Rosenkavalier, Madama Butterfly and La Fanciulla del West. A familiar figure on the stages of other leading companies, Frank is also a recitalist and oratorio singer who has performed with several major conductors. Recent highlights include Horace Adams in the San Diego Opera production of Peter Grimes conducted by Steuart Bedford, the premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's revised The Grapes of Wrath as Grampa Joad for the Pittsburgh Opera, and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus for Austin Lyric Opera. For San Diego Opera, Frank performed in both Boris Godunov and a new production of Wozzeck by director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys). Other noteworthy appearances include the Tanzmeister in famed film director William Friedkin's production of Ariadne auf Naxos and a new production of Tosca with Samuel Ramey and Salvatore Licitra both for the Los Angeles Opera; Turandot at the Hollywood Bowl; Los Angeles Opera's world premiere of Nicolas and Alexandra and La Fanciulla del West. The artist appears in the video and laserdisc releases of Met’s Ariadne auf Naxos and the Company’s 1993 production of Turandot, and can be heard as Prince Shuisky on an acclaimed recording of Boris Godunov with Nicolai Ghiaurov. Frank has been a Professor of Music at the San Jose State University School of Music and Dance since 1991.