2015–16 Season: Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd
A winner of the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Lotte Lenya Competition, tenor Matthew Grills made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2013 as Nathanaël (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and returned later that year as Count Almaviva (The Barber of Seville for Families). His recent engagements include Nemorino (L’Elisir d’Amore) with Portland Opera, Fenton (Falstaff) with Wolf Trap Opera, Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) with Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, and the title role of Le Comte Ory at Munich’s Cuvilliés Theatre. Matthew spent two years as a young artist with the Bavarian State Opera through a scholarship awarded by the Opera Foundation. He was also a young artist with Portland Opera, Wolf Trap Opera and Santa Fe Opera, where he performed the role of Frank Harris in a workshop of Morrison’s Oscar. In 2013 he was presented in recital by the Vocal Arts D.C. and the Washington Performing Arts Society at the Kennedy Center. He holds a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and a bachelor’s degree from the Boston Conservatory. Other credits include Goffredo (Rinaldo), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Prunier (La Rondine), Jenik (The Bartered Bride), and Jamie in Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years. Grills will join the ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera for the 2015–16 season.