William Pickersgill

Bass WILLIAM PICKERSGILL, a member of the Opera Chorus, has sung numerous solo roles with the Company including an Assassin (Macbeth), a Police Officer (Lulu), the First Fisherman (Peter Grimes), Levis and other roles in Doktor Faust, and the Jailer in Tosca. As a member of the Hagen Städtische Bühnen 1988-1990, he sang such roles as Ramfis (Aida), Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Rocco (Fidelio), and Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia). Here in the Bay Area, he has performed major roles with Berkeley Opera and West Bay Opera among others. JERE TORKELSEN (The Imperial Commissioner) moved to the Bay Area in 1987 when he joined the San Francisco Opera chorus. In addition to his chorus work, he has performed many roles with the Company: the Journalist in Lulu, the Steersman in Tristan und Isolde, Melisso in Handel’s Alcina, and First Farmhand in Jenůfa, among others. He has performed in West coast regional opera companies as Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Silvio (Pagliacci), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Germont (La Traviata), the Count (The Marriage of Figaro), and the four villains in The Tales of Hoffmann. Torkelsen has also been soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and in Mozart’s Requiem as part of a world wide continuous performance in remembrance of the 9/11 tragedy.