- Program:Vocal Arts and Opera
- Division:Classical Performance and Composition
Rod Gilfry was born and raised in Southern California. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Fullerton, and a Master of Music in Vocal Arts at the University of Southern California. From 1987 to 1989 he was a member of the Frankfurt Opera ensemble, and from 1989 to 1994 he was a member of the Zürich Opera ensemble.
The two-time Grammy nominee, singer and actor has performed in all the world’s music capitals. He is acclaimed world-wide in opera, musicals, recitals and cabaret. Gilfry has created 11 leading roles in opera world premieres, most recently in the Brooklyn Academy of Music solo opera by David Lang, The Loser; and at the Houston Grand Opera in Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life.
Recent recordings include Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life, Great Voices Sing John Denver, Matson’s Cooperstown, Stucky’s August 4th, 1964.
Upcoming engagements include Adelaide Festival Brett Dean’s Hamlet, a solo concert with the San Bernardino Symphony, Los Angeles Opera (Crossing, The Loser), Phoenix Symphony (Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem), CSU Fullerton Elijah, Santa Fe Opera (Ariadne auf Naxos, Cosi fan tutte), Seoul (Cosi fan tutte), San Francisco Opera (It’s a Wonderful Life).
Rod Gilfry is an Associate Professor of Vocal Arts at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles.