2018–19 Season: Vodník, Rusalka
Icelandic bass Kristinn Sigmundsson made his San Francisco Opera debut during the 2003 summer season as Méphistophélès in La Damnation de Faust and has returned on several occasions, including as Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier and King Marke in Tristan und Isolde. As one of the world’s most sought-after basses, Sigmundsson has appeared regularly with Opéra National de Paris, the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, and Dresden’s Semperoper. His 2018–19 season includes performances as Dansker in Billy Budd with the Norwegian National Opera, the Commendatore in Don Giovanni and Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer with Houston Grand Opera. Highlights of recent seasons include the Commendatore with the Edinburgh International Festival, La Roche in Capriccio with Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, the Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlos and Melchthal in Guillaume Tell at Hamburg State Opera, Sarastro in Die Zauberﬂöte at Turin’s Teatro Regio, and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra as Rocco in Fidelio. He also recently joined Los Angeles Opera for its trilogy of operas based on Beaumarchais as Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Louis XVI in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles which was captured in the 2017 GRAMMY-winning recording, and Doctor Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro.
Recent concert appearances have included Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Hunding in excerpts from Die Walküre with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and many appearances at the Cincinnati May Festival including in Dvořák’s Stabat Mater and Haydn’s Creation. His discography includes recordings of Don Giovanni and Die Zauberﬂöte, Schreker's Die Gezeichneten, Bach’s St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion, Schumann's Faustszenen, and Fidelio.