“Greer Grimsley was vocally commanding as chief of the gods Wotan, displaying unrelenting power and stamina”(San Francisco Examiner, June 2018)
American bass-baritone Greer Grimsley enjoys a thriving international career which has spanned more than three decades and sees him positioned as one of the outstanding singing actors of his generation.
Recognised internationally as a Wagnerian of great note, Grimsley made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 2018 as both Wotan (Die Walküre) and Der fliegende Holländer, roles that have featured prominently in his performance schedule of the last years. Heralded as an “exquisitely nuanced Wotan” (San Francisco Chronicle), Grimsley has appeared in landmark productions of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Metropolitan Opera (Robert Lepage), Seattle Opera (Stephen Wadsworth) and San Francisco Opera (Francesca Zambello); and in Europe Grimsley’s Wotan has graced the stages of Teatro Real Madrid, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Gran Teatre del Liceu and most recently Royal Swedish Opera under Alan Gilbert. Further notable Wagnerian performances include Wotan (Die Walküre) at New National Theatre Tokyo; Der fliegende Holländer at Seattle Opera, Dallas Opera and Ravinia Festival; Telramund (Lohengrin) at The Met, Royal Danish Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Seattle Opera; Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) at Bayreuth Festival, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Seattle Opera and Amfortas (Parsifal) at The Met and Seattle Opera.
Two other roles have featured particularly prominently across Grimsley‘s seasons: Jochanaan/Salome (The Met, San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, New National Theatre Tokyo and Dallas Opera) and Scarpia/Tosca (San Diego Opera, The Met, Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper der Stadt Köln, Den Norske Opera and at Japan’s Hyogo Performing Arts Center). Further recent roles have included Orest (Elektra), Macbeth, Jack Rance (La fanciullla del West), Don Pizarro (Fidelio) Captain Balstrode (Peter Grimes), Méphistophélès (Faust), Claggart (Billy Budd), Sweeney Todd, Villians (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Mandryka (Arabella).
Last season Grimsley joined Wiener Symphoniker under Karina Canellakis as Wanderer in a concert performance of Siegfried at the Bregenzer Festspiele and returned to San Francisco Opera under Eun Sun Kim as Don Pizarro. The current season includes Scarpia at San Diego Opera and Wotan in Das Rheingold at The Atlanta Opera; and joins Seattle Opera as High Priest of Dagon in concert performances of Samson et Dalila.
An active concert performer, Grimsley’s most frequently performed pieces include Verdi’s Messa da Requiem and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, which he has performed extensively on both sides of the Atlantic.
“Greer Grimsley as Kurwenal has a striking bass-baritone and outstanding diction.”
“Greer Grimsley reigned at the center of the performance as the Dutchman, towering physically and vocally with a resonantly powerful voice and range matched by an appropriately harrowing stage presence.”
“Greer Grimsley ist ein Holländer mit anziehendem Charisma und einer diabolischen Komponente in der Stimme, die fabelhaft zu Glogers Version past.”
“Grimsley, whose Wotan was a formidable blend of imposing authority and paternal warmth…Grimsley’s performance across three nights has been remarkable not only for its individual splendours but for the assurance with which he has traced that long dramatic arc.”
“Grimsley’s full sound had a steel core the cut through the orchestra.”
“Up among the gods, Greer Grimsley deployed substantial squillo as Wotan – a character so familiar to him that his acting seemed as natural as breathing.”
“Greer Grimsley’s exquisitely nuanced Wotan”
“Greer Grimsley’s sepulchral low notes contributed to an ominous portrait of Elektra’s brother Orest”
“the terrifying Pizarro, here the snarling bass-baritone Greer Grimsley.”
“he probes every nuance of the title role as a captain doomed to sail the seas…With Grimsley’s commanding stage presence and resonant voice, this is a role that suits him admirably”
“The cast was uniformly excellent. Greer Grimsley is one of the most prominent Wotans active on the opera scene today, having sung the role at the Met Opera, Seattle Opera and numerous other companies around the world. His powerful, stentorian baritone hit all the right notes – literally and figurative.”