American baritone Rod Gilfry made his Royal Opera debut in 1993 in a concert performance of Handel’s Messiah. He returned in 1995 to sing Billy Budd and in 2002 created the role of Nathan in the world premiere of Sophie's Choice. In the 2014/15 Season he sings Stern (Anna Nicole) for The Royal Opera, a role he has also sung for New York City Opera.
Gilfry grew up in California. He studied music education at Cal State Fullerton and singing at the University of Southern California and in New York. He has created roles in six world premieres, including Stanley Kowalski (Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire) and the title role in Dalbavie’s Gesualdo. Other notable performances include Sweeney Todd for Théâtre du Châtelet, Saint François d’Assise for Netherlands Opera, Faust (Doktor Faust) for San Francisco Opera, Don Giovanni in Los Angeles, Paris, Amsterdam and Geneva, Robert Storch (Intermezzo) in Zürich, Sam (Trouble in Tahiti) for Bavarian State Opera, Billy Budd in Paris and Los Angeles, Danilo (Die lustige Witwe) in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas and Zürich and Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) for New York City Opera and in concert with Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Gilfry also has a keen interest in music theatre, and spent the 2009–10 season performing Rodgers and Hammerstein roles in the USA and Europe. He has a busy recital and concert career, and has made 28 CD and DVD recordings. He is an Associate Professor of Vocal Arts at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.