2018–19 Season: Count Waldner in Arabella
Baritone Richard Paul Fink made his San Francisco Opera debut in 1996 as Escamillo in Carmen, followed in 2005 with world premiere performances as Edward Teller in John Adams' Doctor Atomic. Fink has been acclaimed internationally in appearances with the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin State Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, San Diego Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, and Sydney Opera as well as at the Bregenz and Ravinia Festivals. His repertoire comprises some of the most challenging roles of the baritone canon, such as the title role of Der Fliegende Holländer, Telramund in Lohengrin, Pizarro in Fidelio, the title roles of Nabucco and Rigoletto, Iago in Otello, Scarpia in Tosca, Gérard in Andrea Chénier, and many others. Fink has been especially identified with the role of Alberich in Wagner's Ring cycle, which he performed at San Francisco Opera in 2008's Das Rheingold. Recent engagements include Vodník in Rusalka at Houston Grand Opera and Arizona Opera and the High Priest in Samson et Dalila at the Dallas Opera.