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date: 22 November 2019

Gilfry, Rodney locked

  • Elizabeth Forbes

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(b Covina, CA, March 11, 1959). American baritone. He made his European début in 1986 at Hamburg as Mozart's Figaro. After singing Demetrius (A Midsummer Night's Dream) at Los Angeles in 1988, he returned in roles that included the four villains (Les contes d'Hoffmann), Mozart's and Rossini's Figaro, Orestes (Elektra), Ford, Papageno, Guglielmo, Don Giovanni (of which he has made a vivid recording under Gardiner) and Malatesta. In 1988 he also sang Petya in Liebermann's La forêt at Schwetzingen and, in 1989, Lescaut (Manon) and Otho (L'incoronazione di Poppea) at Geneva. From 1990 he has appeared regularly at Zürich, where he has undertaken such roles as Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), Ernesto (Il pirata), Massenet's Herod, and Ford. Gilfry's other parts have included the title role in the US première of Wolfgang Rihm's Oedipus at Santa Fe (...

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