(New Orleans, Louisiana)
2017–18 Season: Orest in Elektra
Making his San Francisco Opera debut as Orest in Elektra, bass-baritone Alfred Walker has received acclaim for a variety of signature leads, including the title role of Der Fliegende Holländer, which he has performed at Seattle Opera, Oper Köln, Theater Basel, Théâtre de Caen, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Boston Lyric Opera, and the Wagner Geneva Festival, and the Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, which he has sung at the Komische Oper Berlin, Den Norske Opera, Seattle Opera, and Tulsa Opera. In the 2016–17 season, Walker sang his first performances of Wotan in Das Rheingold with North Carolina Opera and Méphistophélès in La Damnation de Faust at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago. He also created the title role of Josh Gibson in the world premiere of Daniel Sonenberg’s The Summer King with Pittsburgh Opera. Later this season, Walker returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Titurel in Parsifal and The Speaker in Die Zauberflöte. He also joins Seattle Opera for Amonasro in Aida and Porgy in Porgy and Bess, and Portland Opera for Méphistophélès in Faust. Walker’s recording credits include Orest on the Hybrid label with Semyon Bychkov and the WDR Sinfonie Orchester Köln, as well as performances on Plácido Domingo’s CD of Verdi tenor arias for Deutsche Grammophon.