(Craryville, New York)
2019–20 Season: Peter, Hansel and Gretel
Alfred Walker made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2017 as Orest in Elektra. The bass-baritone has received acclaim for a variety of signature leads, including the title role of Der Fliegende Holländer, which he has performed at Theater Basel, Oper Köln, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg 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 and Seattle Opera. His celebrated characterization of Orest has also been seen at Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Spain’s San Sebastián Festival, and he has been hailed for his performances of Allazim in the Peter Sellars’ production of Zaide at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Wiener Festwochen, London’s Barbican Centre and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival.
Recent and upcoming appearances include return engagements with the Metropolitan Opera for the Company’s production of Bluebeard’s Castle, as well as the Speaker in The Magic Flute; Thoas in Iphigénie en Tauride with Oper Stuttgart; Amonasro in Aida and Porgy in Porgy and Bess at Seattle Opera; Amfortas in Parsifal and Amonasro with Theater Basel; and Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde at Angers-Nantes Opéra and Opéra de Dijon.
An equally versatile concert artist, he has sung with orchestras including the Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Walker’s recording credits include Orest with Semyon Bychkov and the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, as well as performances on Plácido Domingo’s CD of Verdi tenor arias.