Torlef Borsting, Baritone
2010 – 2011
Former resident artist Torlef Borsting returned to OSJ during the 2013-14 season to perform the role of Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly. Other roles performed at OSJ include the role of Marquis D’Obigny (La traviata), Alexei Vronsky (Anna Karenina,) Scarpia (Tosca,) Dr. Bartolo (The Barber of Seville), and Marcello (La bohème.) Other recent engagements for Mr. Borsting include Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) for Verismo Opera, Marcello (La bohème) for Pacific Repertory Opera, Marquis (La traviata) for Sacramento Opera, and the 2nd Apprentice (Wozzeck) with Ensemble Parallele in San Francisco.
During the 2008 – 2009 season, Mr. Borsting was the baritone soloist in Hadyn’s Mass in Time of War with the Oakland Symphony Chorus and Oakland Youth Symphony, and Sharpless in his debut with Pacific Repertory Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly. He then accepted an invitation to participate in a Master Class with world famous soprano Evelyn Lear in May and continued with a new role, Horace Tabor, in The Ballad of Baby Doe, with Berkeley Opera in July.
Other roles performed recently include his creation of Wilmer McLean in the world premiere of Appomattox by Philip Glass at San Francisco Opera, Sgt. Belcore (The Elixir of Love) with Berkeley Opera, Prince Yamadori (Madama Butterfly) with Martinez Opera, Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) with Capitol Opera, Henry (The Gift of the Magi) and Melchior (Amahl and the Night Visitors) with Trinity Lyric Opera.