Visiting Artist-in-Residence, Vocal Arts
American Bass-Baritone Greer Grimsley is internationally recognized as an outstanding singing actor and one of the most prominent Wagnerian singers of our day. Continuing his reign as a leading interpreter of Wotan, he will sing the eminent role for the Metropolitan Opera’s Ring Cycle in Robert Lepage’s new landmark production in the Spring of 2013.
In addition to performing this role once again in Summer 2013 with Seattle Opera, this season his engagements include Don Pizarro in Fidelio with Seattle Opera, the Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and the High Priest in Samson et Dalila in his hometown of New Orleans Opera. Future seasons see returns to San Francisco Opera in two productions, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in two productions, a return to Dallas Opera, and a return to San Diego Opera.
Grimsley appeared on the June 2010 cover of Opera News magazine, featuring a 7-page focus on his role as "King of the Gods." Commenting on Seattle Opera’s 2009 Der Ring des Nibelungen, the Seattle Times said, “Grimsley’s big, resplendent voice is the right size and color for this vital role; as Wotan, he sounds like a singer who has found his true home. He’s an adept actor, too, never overplaying his hand and relating to the rest of the cast with unflagging intensity.” He has also performed the role of Wotan in Die Walküre and Das Rheingold at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and in the full Ring Cycle with the Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Oper Köln, and on tour in Shanghai.