2015–16 Season: Fritz Kothner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
A graduate of the Merola Opera Program and a former San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow, Philip Horst made his San Francisco Opera debut as Leporello (Don Giovanni) in 1999 and returned in productions of Parsifal, The Rake’s Progress, Dead Man Walking, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Carmen, Kát'a Kabanová, Rigoletto, and Jenůfa; he also appeard as Pantheus in 2015's Les Troyens. Recent career highlights include the title role of Wozzeck for New Israeli Opera, Zemlinsky’s A Florentine Tragedy (Simone) with Greek National Opera, Tomsky (Pique Dame) in Berlin, Arabella (Mandryka) with Theater St. Gallen and Frankfurt Opera, the Gamekeeper (Rusalka) with Lyric Opera of Chicago, and roles in The Nose in Aix-en-Provence and Lyon. He has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as Ostasio (Francesca da Rimini), and in that company’s productions of The Nose, La Traviata, Roméo et Juliette, Das Rheingold, The Gambler, and Capriccio. Engagements this season include Scarpia (Tosca) with Seattle Opera and Opera Grand Rapids, Lieutenant Horstmayer in the European premiere of Putz’s Silent Night, and creating the role of Tortsheiner in the world premiere of Moore’s Enemies, A Love Story with Palm Beach Opera.