2019–20 Season: Red Whiskers, Billy Budd; The Witch, Hansel and Gretel
Tenor Robert Brubaker made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2017 as Emperor Altoum in Turandot returning later that fall as Aegisth in Elektra and as Manon’s Guillot de Morfontaine.
His numerous roles at the Metropolitan Opera have included Mime in both Siegfried and Das Rheingold, Malatestino in Francesca da Rimini, the Witch in Hänsel und Gretel, Monostatos in The Magic Flute, and Chairman Mao in John Adams’s Nixon in China in performances conducted by the composer and released on DVD.
Other recent appearances include the Jailer/Inquisitor from Il Prigionero at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu; Alviano in Die Gezeichneten, Dr. Caius in Falstaff, and Bégearss in The Ghosts of Versailles at Los Angeles Opera; Hauptmann in Wozzeck and Herod in Salome at the Santa Fe Opera; the title role of Zemlinsky’s Der König Kandaules at the Vienna Volksoper; Old Man Marshall in Anna Nicole at New York City Opera; and Luigi in Il Tabarro and Canio from Pagliacci at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
He can be heard on recordings including Die Gezeichneten (Los Angeles Opera, conducted by James Conlon), Der König Kandaules (Salzburg Festival/Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, conducted by Kent Nagano), and as Albert Gregor in The Makropulos Case (English National Opera, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras).