2017–18 Season: Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen
Greer Grimsley made his San Francisco Opera debut as Scarpia in the 2001 production of Tosca and has returned as Count Monterone (Rigoletto), Jokanaan (Salome), and in the title role of Der Fliegende Holländer. He garnered critical acclaim in 2005, 2009, and 2013 as Wotan/the Wanderer in Seattle Opera’s Ring cycle, which he also performed in Cologne (2010) and at the Metropolitan Opera (2013). 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). The bass-baritone’s other career highlights include Don Pizzarro (Fidelio) with the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Portland Opera, Seattle Opera, and Portuguese National Opera; Scarpia with the San Diego Opera and Seattle Opera; Jokanaan at Opera Pacific and Vancouver Opera; Amonasro (Aida) with Portland Opera; the title role of Der Fliegende Holländer with Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bologna’s Teatro Comunale, France’s Lorraine Opera, Seattle Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera; Méphistophélès (Faust) with New Orleans Opera and Arizona Opera; the title role of Macbeth with Vancouver Opera and Opera Lyra Ottawa; Claggart (Billy Budd) with Pittsburgh Opera; and Wotan (Siegfried) in Venice; Jokanaan with Arizona Opera; Scarpia with Montreal Opera and Opera Colorado; and the Four Villains (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) in Barcelona. Recent and upcoming engagements include Orest (Elektra) at Houston Grand Opera, Scarpia at Michigan Opera Theatre, and Wotan (Die Walküre) in Barcelona and Tokyo.