Lauded by Opera News for his “inky bass-baritone and clear projection ideally suited to the role, capturing this isolated man’s passion with telling grief,” in the 2022/23 season Alfred Walker returns to San Francisco Opera as Enobarbus in the world premiere of John Adams’ Antony and Cleopatra, joins the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Vater in Hansel und Gretel, the Metropolitan Opera as Masetto in Don Giovanni, Detroit Opera for Amonasro in Aida, and returns to Bard Summerscape for the title role in Saint-Saëns’ Henry VIII. He also sings Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with the LA Philharmonic under Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, and joins the Boston Philharmonic for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Next season he reprises the role of Enobarbus in Adams’ Antony and Cleopatra with Gran Teatre del Liceu, sings Orest in Elektra with Dallas Opera, sings Rambaldo in La rondine in a return to the Metropolitan Opera, and joins Vashon Opera for Iago in Otello. Last season, he joined San Francisco Opera as Scarpia in Tosca, returned to the Metropolitan Opera for further performances of Crown in Porgy and Bess, joined Washington National Opera as Mtchll in It All Falls Down which is a part of Written In Stone, a tetralogy one-act operas by Carlos Simon and Marc Bamuthi Joseph. He also sang Nalikantha in Lakme with Washington Concert Opera, and sang Tom in Un ballo in maschera with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Ricardo Muti. He recently joined Michigan Opera Theatre as Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, the Metropolitan Opera for Crown in Porgy and Bess, San Francisco Opera for Vater in Hansel und Gretel, and Boston Lyric Opera for Oroveso in Norma.
Additional highlights of recent seasons include his Los Angeles Opera debut as Porgy in Porgy and Bess; title role of Don Quichotte, Four Villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann with Seattle Opera and Tulsa Opera; Méphistophélès in Faust also with Tulsa Opera; Achilla in Giulio Cesare and Colline in La bohème with San Diego Opera, Atlanta Opera, and New Orleans Opera; Leporello in Don Giovanni with Opera North; Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Palm Beach Opera, Banquo in Macbeth with Minnesota Opera; Donner in Das Rheingold with New Orleans Opera; and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Minnesota Opera and Utah Opera. Also a frequent presence on the Metropolitan Opera stage, he recently returned to the famed house for Parsi Rustomji in its first presentation Satyagraha in addition to joining the company for its productions of Bluebeard’s Castle, Il trovatore, Elektra, Le nozze di Figaro, Roméo et Juliette, Don Giovanni, Samson et Dalila, Pelléas et Mélisande, Les Troyens, and L’enfant et les sortilèges.
Mr. Walker is an equally versatile concert artist. He has sung Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Verdi’s Requiem with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Robert Spano as well as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Utah Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, and at the Sun Valley Music Festival. He has joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra for Rossini’s Stabat Mater as well as previously for Porgy in Porgy and Bess in performances conducted by Bramwell Tovey at Tanglewood and in Boston, the Grant Park Music Festival for Shostakovich’s The Execution of Stepan Razin and Elgar’s The Kingdom, the Handel and Haydn Society for Mozart’s Requiem, American Symphony Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall for Mahler’s Kindertoten-Lieder and Rückert-Lieder, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony and Toronto Symphony Orchestra for Porgy in concert performances of Porgy and Bess. Other concert performances include excerpts from Parsifal with the Baltimore Symphony; his debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis in Beatrice et Benedict; Verdi’s Requiem with Marin Alsop conducting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, with Boston Philharmonic, the Spoleto Festival U.S.A, and with the Greensboro Symphony and Reno Philharmonic; performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall; and a concert performance of Strauss’ Salome at the Tanglewood Festival with Seiji Ozawa. He has also presented recitals at the Manchester Music Festival. His recording credits include another collaboration with Semyon Bychov and the WDR Sinfonie Orchester Köln for Orest in Elektra on the Hybrid label as well as performances on Placido Domingo’s CD of Verdi tenor arias for Deutsche Grammophon.
A graduate of Dillard University, Loyola University, and the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program, the New Orleans native is the recipient of awards from the George London Foundation, Palm Beach Opera Competition, Houston Opera Studio’s Eleanor McCollum Competition, and the Sullivan Foundation career grant.
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