© Barbara Aumüller
© Barbara Aumüller

AJ Glueckert

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American tenor AJ Glueckert is making this season his house debut at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony under the baton of Zubin Mehta and as tenor/Bacchus in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos under the baton of Daniele Gatti.


At Oper Frankfurt, where he has been an ensemble member since 2016/17, he will appear as Don José (Carmen), as the title character in Wagner’s Lohengrin, and as Herod in Strauss’ Salome. In recent years he has won over the audiences in Frankfurt in versatile roles such as Edrisi (Król Roger), Count Vaudémont (Iolanta), Flamand (Capriccio), Lyonel (Martha, CD released by OehmsClassics), Froh (Das Rheingold), Skuratov (From the House of the Dead) Erik (Der fliegende Holländer) and as the Prince in Rusalka, a role which he had previously sung at Minnesota Opera and New Orleans Opera.


His role debut as Kaiser (Die Frau ohne Schatten) at De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam, planned for the 2019/20 season, fell victim to the Covid-19-related cancellations. His important role debut as Lohengrin at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl, as well as concerts with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer (Ariadne auf Naxos/Bacchus) in Vicenza, and with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven’s 9th Symphony) in Tokyo could fortunately take place despite the pandemic.


In the summer of 2018, AJ Glueckert was heard as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at Santa Fe Opera. In 2016/17 he made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Erik in Der fliegende Holländer under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.  He debuted as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Glyndebourne Festival and previously at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.


AJ Glueckert has a special connection to the San Francisco Opera as a former Adler Fellow and participant in the Merola Opera Program. He has most recently appeared there as Beadle Bamford (Sweeney Todd), Normanno (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Kunz Vogelsang (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg).


He made his role debut as Don José in Carmen with Pittsburgh Opera in 2015. At Philadelphia Opera and Minnesota Opera he sang in the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ opera Silent Night. He is a graduate of the Santa Fe Opera and Utah Opera Young Artists programmes. At Utah Opera he was heard in the role of the Imbecile in Boris Godunov.


In addition to opera performances, AJ Glueckert works with many orchestra, amongst others with the Utah Symphony and the Santa Clara and Sacramento Symphony Orchestras.


A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he has twice won regional competitions at the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions.

October 2021 – For the most recent biography please contact Annette Kroll