2015–16 Season: Sixtus Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
German baritone Martin Gantner makes his San Francisco Opera debut as Sixtus Bessmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, a role he has performed with Zurich Opera. A former ensemble member of Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, his roles with that company include Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Dr. Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus), Silvio (Pagliacci), Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Marcello (La Bohème), and Ottokar (Der Freischütz), among others. Career highlights include Dandini (La Cenerentola) in Barcelona and Dresden; Albert (Werther) with the Vienna State Opera; the title role of Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Baden-Baden; the title role of Don Giovanni in Hof; Papageno, Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Dandini, and Harlekin in Dresden; Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus) in Zurich and Chicago; and engagements with Los Angeles Opera, Berlin State Opera, and Teatro Regio in Turin, among others. Recent and upcoming engagements include Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier) in Munich, Paris, Chicago, and Amsterdam; Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) in Florence; Gunter (Götterdämmerung) in Seville and Toronto; Telramund (Lohengrin) in Zurich; the Music Master (Ariadne auf Naxos) in Paris and Munich; Sixtus Beckmesser at the Met; and Don Pizarro (Fidelio) in Zurich.