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Rodney Gilfry


Baritone Rodney Gilfry is becoming one of the better known American opera and recital performers. He was created in Covina, a suburb within the north from the Los Angeles region. His parents had been teachers, who transferred the family members a few mls to some other suburb, Claremont, where his dad was the senior high school primary. The daddy, a brass participant, was also the conductor from the high school music group. His mother trained kindergarten and particular education, and was also the cathedral choir director. All of the children within the family members are music artists. After completing his advanced schooling, Gilfry started singing. Within the 1980s he started singing skillfully and soon set up a reputation resulting in his break-through season of 1986, when he produced his debuts on the Metropolitan Opera in NY, the Royal Opera, Covent Backyard of London, and Opéra Bastille of Paris. Unusually, each one of these debut performances was within an opera by Benjamin Britten, A Midsummer Night’s Wish (as Demetrius) in NY and Billy Budd (within the name role) within the various other two locations. He includes a mellow rather than dark baritone tone of voice. That and his visual appearance have led to his focus on lyric baritone functions. He offers sung and documented the main baritone parts within the three Mozart-Da Ponte operas, Relationship of Figaro (because the Count number), Don Giovanni (because the Don) and Così lover tutte, and both Ravel operas (L’Heure Espagnole and L’Enfant et les Sortiléges). He shows up in such functions as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Marcello in La Bohème, Lescaux in Manon, Ford in Falstaff, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Papageno within the Magic Flute, Valentin in Faust, Belcore in L’Elisir d’amore, Dandini in Cenerentola, both Olivier as well as the Count number in Strauss’ Capriccio, Battone in L’Inganno felice, Zurga within the Pearl Fishers, and Enrico Ashton in Lucia di Lammermoor. He’s also in the home in lighter opera and American musicals. His functions in this world include Count number Danilo within the Merry Widow, Eisenstein in Der Fledermaus, Curly in Carousel, and Joey in Color Your Wagon. He comes with an desire for twentieth-century opera. Furthermore to his Britten functions, he offers sung Oedipus in Rihm’s opera, Riolobo in Daniel Kittyán’s Florencia en un Amazonas, and Stanley Kowalski in André Previn’s A Streetcar Called Desire. Getting ready to move into even more dramatic baritone parts he provides started to sing in recital the “Credo,” Iago’s single in Verdi’s Otello. Gilfry’s recital and concer performances consist of Bach’s B Small Mass (which he sang beneath the baton of Carlo Maria Giulini), Haydn’s The Creation, Carmina Burana, as well as the globe premiere of Ancelin’s Filius Hominis. As well as the Mozart-Da Ponte operas, he provides documented Rossini’s L’Inganno Felice, Schumann’s Genoveva, as well as the Creation. BOTH Creation and his portrayal of Don Giovanni gained Grammy nominations. He provides appeared in main venues like the Vienna Condition Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Opera, Glyndebourne Celebration Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, as well as the opera homes of Frankfurt, Geneva, Munich, Toulouse, Dallas, and NORTH PARK, but continues to be most closely from the Züwealthy Opera as well as the LA Opera. He was an associate of the business of the previous for six years, where he resided in Züwealthy. His wife, Tina (his sister’s greatest senior high school friend) and he made a decision after their many years of home in Züwealthy to make their house and professional bottom near their own families, and transferred to Rancho Cucamonga, California, that is near Claremont. They state that their three kids have got inherited their musical capabilities (Tina is really a previous vocalist), and frequently appear in college music productions.

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Full Name Rod Gilfry
Profession Actor, Opera Singer
Education University of Southern California, California State University, Fullerton
Nationality American
Spouse Tina Gilfry
Music Songs How Are Things In Cucamonga?, Oh What a Beautiful Morning, A Child Is Born/Oh What A Beautiful Morning, Deh Vieni Alla Finestra, By Strauss, If I Had My Druthers, Joey, Joey, Joey, My Heart Is So Full of You, If Ever I Would Leave You, Don Giovanni: Act II: from Finale Act II: 'Don Giovanni, a cenar teco', Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op.45 - 3. Solo und Chor: "Herr, lehre doch mich", Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op.45 - 6. Solo und Chor: "Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt", Some Enchanted Evening, This Old Guitar, Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 / Act 3 - "Vedro mentr'io sospiro", Previn: A Streetcar named desire / Act 2 - Scene 1: "Say, Blanche... Do you happen to know", Previn: A Streetcar named desire / Act 1 - Scene 2: "Hiyah, sweetheart", They Call the Wind Maria, Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 / Act 3 - "E perchè fosti meco", Wrestling, The Eagle and the Hawk, Luck Be A Lady, Soliloquy, Previn: A Streetcar named desire / Act 3 - You should just know the line, Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 / Act 3 - Eh già, solita usanza, Mozart: Così fan tutte ossia La scuola degli amanti, K.588 / Act 2 - "Donne mie, la fate a tanti", Haydn: Die Schöpfung Hob. XXI:2 / Dritter Teil - 30.Duett: "Holde Gattin, dir zur Seite", Previn: A Streetcar named desire / Act 1 - Hey Mitch! Come back here, Waxman: Joshua / Part 2 - Aria: I am old, Embraceable You, Cooperstown, Act I: VI. Third Inning, Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 / Act 2 - Susanna, son morta
Albums Messiaen: Saint François D'Assise, Così fan tutte, My Heart is So Full of You, Weill, K.: Firebrand of Florence [Opera], Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492 (The English Baroque Soloists feat. conductor John Eliot Gardiner), Mozart, W.A.:Cosi fan tutte K.588 - Highlights, Mozart: Opera Arias
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording
Movies Sophie's Choice

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1 Resides in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
2 Opera singer (baritone, L.A. Opera)



This American Life: One Night Only at BAM 2014 Video German Tourist
Cyrano de Bergerac 2008 De Guiche
Die lustige Witwe 2005 TV Movie Count Danilo Danilowitsch
Claude Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande 2004 TV Movie Pelléas
Don Giovanni 2001 TV Movie Don Giovanni
Iphigénie en Tauride 2001 TV Movie Oreste
Great Performances 1998 TV Series Stanley Kowalski
Le nozze di Figaro 1996/II TV Movie Il Conte di Almaviva
Le nozze di Figaro 1993 TV Movie Il Conte d'Almaviva (baryton)
Così fan tutte 1992 TV Movie Guglielmo



Rosie's Place 2015 TV Series producer - 6 episodes



BBC Proms 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode



Great Voices Sing John Denver 2013 Documentary
BBC Proms 2010 TV Series Himself - Vocalist
Arthur 2004 TV Series Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1995 TV Special Himself

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