Bass-baritone Adam Cioffari joins the Utah Symphony in the 2013-14 season for his first performances of Brander in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust and reprises the role and piece later with the Tucson Symphony. He also sings Zuniga in Carmen with Pensacola Opera in addition to returning to Verdi’s Requiem with the Boise Philharmonic. Engagements in future seasons include his first Papageno in Die Zauberflöte in a return to the Teatro Municipal de Santiago. Last season he joined the Staatstheater Stuttgart for a year for a number of roles including Masetto in Don Giovanni; Patrocle in a new production of Iphigénie en Aulide and Lakai in Ariadne auf Naxos, both new productions; Angelotti in Tosca, Gran Sacerdote in Nabucco, in addition to joining the company for its productions of Alcina, La cenerentola, Die Zauberflöte, L'écume des jours, and Platée. He also sang the Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd with the Teatro Municipal de Santiago and a Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse in addition to Verdi’s Requiem with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
He recently completed a two-year tenure in the Opera Studio of the Komische Oper Berlin, where his roles included Morales in Carmen and the Brother in in Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, both new productions, as well as Nightwatchman in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Hermann and Schlemil in Les contes d'Hoffmann, First Nazarene and Second Soldier in Salome, Plutus in Pique Dame, Marquis D'Obigny in La Traviata, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, and the Herald in The Love for Three Oranges. Also while in Berlin, he sang Kaspar in Der Freischutz in student performances at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as well as at the Heimathafen Neukölln and de Suze in Maria di Rohan with the Berlin Opera Group. He returned to the States for Count Ceprano in concert performances of Rigoletto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.
A former member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, he created the role of Stanley in the world premiere of Andre Previn’s Brief Encounter, a recording of which has been released on the Deutsche Grammophon label. Other performances with the company include Elviro in Xerxes, both Angelotti and the Jailer in Tosca, Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and previous performances of Count Ceprano in Rigoletto. He also offered recital performances of Brahms’ Vier ernste Gesänge with pianist Kathy Kelly.
Other recent performances include Leporello in Don Giovanni with the Music Academy of the West, Masetto in the same opera with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, and Colline in La Bohème with Aspen Opera Theater. He was a finalist in HGO’s 2008 Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers. He holds bachelor and master of music degrees, both in voice performance, from Indiana University, from which his credits include Monterone in Rigoletto and Dr. Miracle and Coppelius in Les Contes d'Hoffmann.
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