Lucia di Lammermoor
Bass-baritone Kristopher Irmiter has performed over 80 roles with more than 40 opera companies in his critically acclaimed career. Of a recent performance in the title role of The Flying Dutchman, The Salt Lake Tribune wrote, “Irmiter brought a sense of vulnerability to the cursed Dutchman, whose quest had previously met with disappointment. His focused baritone allowed him to resonate above the orchestra.” Upcoming engagements include Daland in The Flying Dutchman with Opera Carolina, the title role in The Flying Dutchman with Michigan Opera Theatre, Athanaël in Thaïs with Florida Grand Opera, Scarpia in Tosca with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Raimondo in Rienzi with Odyssey Opera, as well as a return to San Diego Opera in 2015.
Kristopher has sung in many of the country’s top houses, such as Lyric Opera of Chicago in his debut as Scarpia in Tosca; San Francisco Opera in his debut as Escamillo in Carmen; the Fifth Jew in Salome, Ned Keene in Peter Grimes, and Second Priest in Pizzetti’s Murder in the Cathedral with San Diego Opera; Monaoh in Szulamit, Scarpia in Tosca, and Oscar Hubbard in Regina all with the Florida Grand 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; the title role in The Flying Dutchman, 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 Così fan tutte, Escamillo in Carmen, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro and Don Pizarro in Fidelio.
Other recent performances include Daland in The Flying Dutchman with Indianapolis Opera; his Pittsburgh Opera debut as Orest in Elektra followed by a return as Mr. Redburn in Billy Budd; Scarpia in Tosca with Arizona Opera and Syracuse 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 Roméo 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; and Horace in Regina with Utah Symphony and Opera.
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.