Andrea Silvestrelli


The Italian bass, who has made a specialty of German repertoire in recent years, recently performed in the Ring cycle, marking his return to the Tyrolean Festival in Erl, Austria (his fourth Ring with the company). He will be heard as both Fasolt and Hagen in San Francisco Opera’s Ring later this season. Silvestrelli is a favorite at these venues, having also portrayed King Marke/Tristan und Isolde and King Henry/ Lohengrin in Erl, and the Nightwatchman/ Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Wurm/ Luisa Miller, Pistola/Falstaff, the Grand Inquisitor/Don Carlo, Don Basilio/The Barber of Seville, and Sparafucile/Rigoletto in San Francisco. The bass’s achievements in Wagner and Verdi are mirrored by his successes in Mozart, including performances as the Commendatore/Don Giovanni (Lyric, La Scala, London, Bologna, Parma, Paris, Los Angeles, among many other companies), Sarastro (Philadelphia, Tel Aviv, Santa Fe), and Osmin (Lyric, San Francisco, Houston, Munich). Silvestrelli has recorded Donizetti’s rarely heard Adelia (CD, Haydn Orchestra), as well as Don Carlo (CD, La Scala Orchestra, Riccardo Muti conducting) and Rigoletto (DVD, Toscanini Foundation Orchestra). Among his previous successes in concert have been Verdi’s Requiem (Siena, Sydney, Munich), Rossini’s Stabat Mater (Berlin), Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw), and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria (Hamburg).

Previously at Lyric: Twelve roles since 2000|01, most recently Nourabad/The Pearl Fishers (2017|18); Oroveso/ Norma (2016|17); Ferrando/Il trovatore, Commendatore/Don Giovanni (both 2014|15).

Last updated: November 19, 2017