A baritone of imposing voice and stature, Gregg Baker continues to make an indelible mark on the world of opera theatre. Since his opera debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1985, Gregg has performed leading roles at the Glyndebourne Opera, New Israeli Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Stuttgart Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Vancouver Opera, Michigan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Greater Miami Opera, and the Arena di Verona.
A successful veteran of Broadway and a Lawrence Olivier Award nominee, Mr. Baker discovered his gift for and love of opera while performing the role of Crown in Porgy and Bess
. The Metropolitan Opera heard his performance in Radio City Music Hall's production of Porgy and Bess
and immediately engaged him for their own production. Since then, he has returned to the Metropolitan Opera in the roles of the High Priest (Samson et Dalila
), Amonasro (Aida
), Escamillo (Carmen
), Silvio (Pagliacci
), Donner (Das Rheingold
), and Belcore (L'Elisir d'amore
Other highlights include numerous engagements with the Opera Company of Philadelphia where he won the Philadelphia public's heart and is hailed as "the opera crowd's favourite deep voice", and repeat appearances in Europe particularly with the Arena di Verona. He will return to Philadelphia in future seasons as Conte di Luna and Germont and to Verona as Escamillo in Carmen
In addition to his opera performances, Mr. Baker has performed and recorded with leading orchestras and conductors: the Royal Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Radio Stuttgart Symphony, Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, the late Pierre Ponelle, and Agnes Blatsa.
Mr. Baker began the 2001 season in Indianapolis as Amonasro and re-interpreted the role with Teatro Massimo Bellini Catania in 2002. He also performs the role of Escamillo in Carmen
with the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv and the Arena di Verona in the 2002 opera season.