2015–16 Season: Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd
Wayne Tigges made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2011 creating the roles of Sam and Wesley in the world premiere of Heart of a Soldier as well as singing the roles of Ariodates (Xerxes) and Zuniga (Carmen). He returned in 2013 to create the role of Joe St. George in the world premiere of Dolores Claiborne. The American bass-baritone’s recent engagements include Willy Wonka in the European premiere of Peter Ash’s The Golden Ticket at the Wexford Festival; Escamillo and Zuniga (Carmen) at the San Diego Opera; Jochanaan (Salome) with Arizona Opera; Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) with Opera Colorado and Lyric Opera of Chicago; Donner (Das Rheingold), Escamillo, Zuniga (Carmen), and the Bonze (Madama Butterfly) with Los Angeles Opera; the Vicar (Albert Herring), Basilio, Hercules (Alceste), and Nourabad (Les Pêcheurs de Perles) with the Santa Fe Opera; Escamillo at the Glyndebourne Festival; Dr. Kolenatý (The Makropulos Case) with Paris Opera; and Achilla (Giulio Cesare) with the Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. A graduate of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center, Tigges’s other assignments with that company include the title role of Le Nozze di Figaro, Capulet (Roméo et Juliette), Angelotti (Tosca), Sam (Un Ballo in Maschera), and the Bonze; he also created the role of Snook in Bolcom’s A Wedding.