Bass-baritone Kristopher Irmiter has performed over 70 roles with more than 35 opera companies in his critically acclaimed career. Of his recent role debut as Don Giovanni, Opera News said, "the anchor of the performance was the Don of Kristopher Irmiter... it was evident that he has all the requisites - dashing stage presence, acting ability and solid vocal technique... This is a Don to be watched." Of his recent San Francisco Opera performances as Escamillo in Carmen, the San Francisco Sentinel said, "the applause meter was high enough to opt for an encore...Not surprisingly, the deep-noted Mr. Irmiter has appeared as the caped Mephistopheles, and in the title role of Wagner's Flying Dutchman."
Upcoming engagements include the Second Priest in Pizzetti's Murder in the Cathedral with San Diego Opera; the title role in The Flying Dutchman with Utah Festival Opera; Scarpia in Tosca with Syracuse Opera; as well as a role debut as Daland in The Flying Dutchman in 2014 and another return to San Diego Opera in 2015.
Mr. Irmiter's engagements have included his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Scarpia in Tosca; his San Francisco Opera debut as Escamillo in Carmen; his Pittsburgh Opera debut as Orest in Elektra , followed by a return as Mr. Redburn in Billy Budd; the Fifth Jew in Salome , and Ned Keene in Peter Grimes with San Diego Opera; Mephistopheles in Faust at Lyric Opera Baltimore and Utah Symphony & Opera; Ashby in La Fanciulla del West with L'Opera de Montreal; Rucker Lattimore in Cold Sassy Tree with Atlanta Opera and Opera Omaha; Leporello in Don Giovanni with Hawaii Opera; Lodovico in Otello and Capulet in Romeo et Juliette , with Atlanta Opera; Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor at Opera Cleveland; The Immigration Officer in Jonathan Dove's Flight and Alidoro in La Cenerentola with Austin Lyric Opera; Horace in Regina with Utah Symphony and Opera; and Braxton/Sherrin in Mines of Sulphur with Glimmerglass Opera, which was recorded on the Chandos label and nominated for a GRAMMY.
A house favorite with several companies, appearances have included Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen, and Don Profondo in Il Viaggio a Reims all with the Portland Opera; Monaoh in Szulamit, Scarpia in Tosca, and Oscar Hubbard in Regina all with the Florida Grand Opera; Pimen in Boris Godunov, Mephistopheles in Faust, Baptista/ Harry Trevor in Kiss Me Kate, and Commendatore in Don Giovanni all with the Utah Festival Opera; and with Opera Carolina, Ferrando in Il trovatore, Gremin in Eugene Onegin, the title role in Don Giovanni, Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, Escamillo in Carmen, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro and Don Pizarro in Fidelio.
He has participated in two World Premiere productions, creating the role of Arlington in the world premiere of Wakonda's Dream with Opera Omaha and T.J. Rigg in the world premiere of Elmer Gantry with the Nashville Opera, which was eventually recorded on NAXOS and won two GRAMMY Awards. In concert, most recent engagements have included Bach's St. Matthew Passion and Mozart's Requiem in Utah, and Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra.
Opera Carolina Performances:
The Flying Dutchman (2013–2014)
Eugene Onegin (2011–2012)
Il Trovatore (2011–2012)
Cosė fan tutte (2010–2011)
Love Notes (2008–2009)
The Marriage of Figaro (2008–2009)
Don Giovanni (2007–2008)
Love Notes (2007–2008)