2019–20 Season: Frére Laurent, Romeo and Juliet; Dr. Bartolo, The Marriage of Figaro
Bass James Creswell made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2013 as Crespel in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. He returned that same season as a Pharisee of Capernaum and Newscaster in the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and most recently appeared as Comte des Grieux in Manon.
A graduate of the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, Creswell has performed at the Dutch National Opera, Madrid’s Teatro Real, Bilbao Opera, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Los Angeles Opera, Staatsoper Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, Theater an der Wien, Opéra de Bordeaux, Angers-Nantes Opéra, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North and Edinburgh International Festival in roles ranging from Handel to Britten. He has also appeared frequently on the concert stage, including staged performances of Mozart’s Requiem at the Komische Oper Berlin, Messiah for the Bergen International Festival, Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder for the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder, and Bach’s St Matthew Passion at the Cincinnati May Festival under James Conlon.
Recent and upcoming engagements include Phorbas in Oedipe for Dutch National Opera, Publio in a new production of La Clemenza di Tito at Los Angeles Opera, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at Scottish Opera, and Oroveso in Norma for Oper Frankfurt.