American bass Jeremy Galyon makes his Pacific Opera Victoria debut as the giant Fafner in Das Rheingold.
Jeremy's 2014-2015 season features debuts with Pacific Opera Victoria as Fafner in Das Rheingold, Dayton Opera as Sarastro in The Magic Flute and Opera San Antonio as the Fifth Jew (covering Jochanaan) in Salome, as well as Verdiís Requiem with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Huntsville Symphony and Mozartís Requiem with Symphoria (Syracuse, NY).
A former Adler Fellow with San Francisco Opera, his appearances there include Count Horn in Un ballo in maschera, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Lincoln in the world première of Philip Glassí Appomattox, and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte. He joined the Metropolitan Opera roster during the 2008-09 season as Alessio in La Sonnambula, and has since appeared with the Met in productions of Billy Budd, Gianni Schicchi, Ernani, Madama Butterfly, Nabucco, Queen of Spades, Rigoletto, Der Rosenkavalier, and Tosca.
Other recent opera engagements include Lt. Ratcliffe in Billy Budd and Second Priest / Second Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte with Houston Grand Opera; Sarastro with Utah Opera; Crespel in The Tales of Hoffmann with Opera Theatre of St. Louis; Theseus in Brittenís A Midsummer Nightís Dream with Chicago Opera Theater and at the Princeton Festival; Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Midsummer Mozart Festival; Zuniga in Carmen with Cedar Rapids Opera; and the Commendatore and Masetto in Don Giovanni with Opera Grand Rapids.
His work as a symphonic soloist includes Schubertís Mass No. 6 with the San Francisco Symphony; Mozartís Requiem with the Colorado and Columbus (OH) Symphonies; Verdiís Requiem with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica; Bachís Christmas Oratorio with Orquesta Sinfó;nica Nacional de Mexico; Messiah with American Bach Soloists; and Brahmsí Ein Deutsches Requiem and Fauréís Requiem at Carnegie Hall.
The star of the evening, however, was Jeremy Galyon. His portrayal of Osmin, the overseer of the harem, was at once stern, gruff, dim, and wickedly funny. His voice is full, resonant, and clear from top to bottom, without a hint of the muddiness that can sometimes plague basses. He presented finely crafted and musically sensitive arias, and stole every scene in which he appeared.
Kathryn Miller, San Francisco Classical Voice
The former San Francisco Opera Adler fellow possess a large, attractively colored bass voice, dark and firm as mahogany.
San Jose Mercury News
Below: Jeremy Galyon is the soloist in Va Pensiero / Prophecy Scene from Verdi's Nabucco. The MidAtlantic Opera Company Orchestra and Chorale are led by Artistic Director Jason C. Tramm in a performance in September 2013. Jeremy's solo begins four minutes into the video.