Bass-baritone Kristopher Irmiter performed over 100 roles with more than 60 opera companies in his critically acclaimed career. Of a performance in the title role of Le nozze di Figaro, Charlotte Observer wrote, “As Figaro, the quick-thinking leader of the schemes against the count – who gets on his bad side by chasing Figaro’s fiancee – Kristopher Irmiter treated Mozart to a balance of masculine resonance and comic jauntiness.” This season’s engagements the role of Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte at Ash Lawn Opera, the world première of Riders of the Purple Sage with Arizona Opera as Bishop Dyer, Lt. Ratcliffe in Billy Budd with Des Moines Metro Opera, and a return to Michigan Opera Theatre as Lt. Horstmayer in Silent Night.
With an impressive repertoire of title roles in some of opera’s most prominent titles, Mr. Irmiter has certainly made his mark in the opera world. Some highlights of these include the role in Don Pasquale with Florida Grand Opera, Der fliegende Holländer with Michigan Opera Theatre and Utah Festival Opera, Le nozze di Figaro with Portland Opera and Opera Carolina, and Don Giovanni with Opera Carolina. Along with these, he also performed a multitude of other lead roles including Athanaël in Thaïs with Florida Grand Opera, Count Gil in Il segreto di Susanna with Odyssey Opera, Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West with Des Moines Metro Opera, and Horrace in Regina with Utah Symphony and Opera.
Mr. Irmiter has a collection of numerous principal roles under his belt, including Scarpia in Tosca with Florida Grand Opera, Arizona Opera, Syracuse Opera, and his début at Lyric Opera of Chicago; Escamillo in Carmen with Opera Carolina and his role with San Francisco Opera; Daland in Der fliegende Holländer with Opera Carolina and Indianapolis Opera; Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen with Portland Opera; Mephistopheles in Faust with Utah Festival Opera and Lyric Opera Baltimore; Oscar Hubbarb in Regina with Florida Grand Opera; and Leporello in Don Giovanni with Hawaii Opera Theatre.
Having worked with some of the leading opera houses in North America, Mr. Irmiter is a house favorite at many leading companies. Some of these houses include San Diego Opera, where he performed Angelotti in Tosca, Fifth Jew in Salome, Ned Keene in Peter Grimes, and Second Priest in Assassinio nella cattadrale (an operatic adaptation of the T.S. Eliot play Murder in the Cathedral); Atlanta Opera, where he performed Capulet in Roméo et Juliette, Lodovico in Otello, and Rucker Lattimore in Cold Sassy Tree, which he also performed with Opera Omaha; Opera Carolina, where he performed Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Ferrando in Il trovatore, Don Pizzaro in Fidelo, which he also performed with Manitoba Opera, and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, which he also performed with Toledo Opera and Opera Cleveland; Austin Lyric Opera, where he performed Alidoro in La Cenerentola and The Immigration Officer in Jonathan Dove’s Flight; Pittsburgh Opera, where he performed Orest in Elektra, in his début with the company, and Mr. Redburn in Billy Budd; and Odyssey Opera, where he performed Le Comte de Gormas in Le Cid and Raimondo in Rienzi.
Other opera engagements include the roles of The Mayor in Jenůfa with Des Moines Metro Opera; Pimen in Boris Godunov with Utah Festival Opera; Ashby in La fanciulla del West with Opéra de Montréal; Monoah in Ede Donáth’s rarely performed Szulamit; and Braxton/Sherrin in Mines of Sulphur with Glimmerglass Opera, which was recorded on the Chandos label and nominated for a Grammy award.
He participated in two world-première productions, creating the role of Arlington in Wakonda’s Dream with Opera Omaha, and T.J. Rigg in Elmer Gantry with Nashville Opera. In concert, recent engagements include Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Mozart’s Requiem in Utah; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra; and the roles of Scarpia in Tosca with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and Mephistopheles in Faust with Utah Symphony & Opera.