Rod Gilfry

Peter Walsh, pianist

American baritone Rod Gilfry has an oaken voice as galvanizing as his considerable communicative warmth. Gilfry performed most recently in DC as Alfred Stieglitz opposite Renée Fleming’s Georgia O’Keefe in the world premiere of The Brightness of Light by Kevin Puts, led by Gianandrea Noseda with the NSO. In addition to standard repertoire, he has become a muse for many of today’s most respected composers, creating many modern roles including Stanley Kowalski in André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire (San Francisco Opera). This is his first concert for Vocal Arts DC in 20 years.

Program to include selections by Francis Poulenc, Jake Heggie, Morten Lauridsen, and original jazz arrangements of classic French art songs by Gilfry, Peter Walsh, and Matthew Aucoin.

Available for streaming February 26 through March 9, 2021

“In a tour-de-force performance, Rod Gilfry sings every phrase with crisp diction and dramatic force, delivering the music with virile energy and power or, during vulnerable moments, an aching confusion that takes you by surprise. He is becoming the go-to singer for contemporary American music.”

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

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