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Joseph Frank

Tenor and lecturer

FrankSince his 1974 San Francisco Opera debut, tenor Joseph Frank has specialized in the lyric character tenor repertoire. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has garnered acclaim in over 80 roles.  Metropolitan Opera and European debuts followed in 1979 and he currently appears regularly with leading opera companies here and abroad including the opera companies of Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Washington, San Diego, London, and Paris.  As a concert specialist, he has performed with such luminaries as James Levine, Christoph Eschenbach, Julius Rudel, Eduardo Müller and Emil Tchakarov.

Mr. Frank opened the 2011-2012 San Francisco Opera Season as Altoum in Puccini’s Turandot.  Other recent engagements include Salome for the San Diego Opera, and Turandot for Hawaii Opera and the Austin Lyric Opera, Monsieur Triquet in Eugene Onegin for the Pittsburgh Opera and Horace Adams in Peter Grimes for San Diego Opera. In the premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s revised The Grapes of Wrath, Frank was Grampa Joad for the Pittsburgh Opera.  Other noteworthy appearances include the Tanzmeister in famed film director William Friedkin’s production of Ariadne auf Naxos and the world premiere of Nicolas and Alexandra with Placido Domingo both for Los Angeles Opera. Future engagements include Turandot with the Pittsburgh Opera.

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