Since his 1974 San Francisco Opera debut, tenor Joseph Frank has specialized in the lyric character tenor operatic repertoire. In a career spanning over thirty-eight years, the tenor has garnered acclaim in over eighty roles. Metropolitan Opera and European debuts followed in 1979, and he currently appears regularly with other leading opera companies here and abroad, including the opera companies of Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Washington, Orange County, San Diego, Santa Fe, London, and Paris. As a concert specialist, he has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the symphonies of Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis and Atlanta under such luminaries as James Levine, Christoph Eschenbach, Julius Rudel, Eduardo Müller, and Emil Tchakarov.
Professor 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 Pong in Turandot for the Austin Lyric Opera. Other performances include Monsieur Triquet in Eugene Onegin for the Pittsburgh Opera and Horace Adams in the San Diego Opera production of Peter Grimes conducted by Steuart Bedford. Engagements in 2008 included the premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s revised The Grapes of Wrath as Grampa Joad for the Pittsburgh Opera and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus for Austin Lyric Opera. For San Diego Opera, Professor Frank performed in both Boris Godunov and a new production of Wozzeck by director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys). Other noteworthy appearances include the Tanzmeister in famed film director William Friedkin's production of Ariadne auf Naxos and a new production of Tosca with Samuel Ramey and Salvatore Licitra, both for the Los Angeles Opera; Turandot at the Hollywood Bowl; Los Angeles Opera’s world premiere of Nicolas and Alexandra; and Fanciulla del West both with Placido Domingo. Future engagements include Pong in Turandot for Hawaii Opera Theater, Boris Godunov for the Zagreb National Theater, and the Witch in Hansel and Gretel for the Hawaii Opera Theater.
Professor Frank received a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, the coveted Performer's Certificate from Indiana University, and an Opera Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music. He is currently Director of the School of Music and Dance at San José State University where he teaches applied voice, art song, and has been principal undergraduate music advisor. The year 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of his tenure with the School of Music and Dance. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Dean’s Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement for the College of the Humanities and the Arts. Professor Frank regularly gives master classes in voice and opera and has been an adjudicator for numerous musical organizations throughout the country. His students have pursued their studies at prestigious graduate schools such as the Mannes College of Music, the Academy of Vocal Arts, and the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. Graduates have gone on to be Resident Artists for the Orlando Opera, the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Caramoor International Music Festival, and the Amherst Early Music Festival. Others have been the recipients of the Mario Lanza Competition, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation and the Heinz Rehfuss Singing –Actor Competition.
Der Rosenkavalier with Kiri Te Kanawa, Tatiana Troyanos, Luciano Pavarotti, (Metropolitan Opera) METOPERA.org
Turandot with Eva Marton and Michael Sylvester (David Hockney Production.) DGG
Ariadne auf Naxos with Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle (Metropolitan Opera.) DGG
Boris Godunov (Count Shuisky) with Nicolai Ghiaurov. SONY
Adriana Lecouvreur (L’Abate di Chazeuil) with Renata Scotto, Giacomo Aragall and Elena Obratzova. MYTO
Madama Butterfly (Goro) with Renata Scotto and Jose Carreras. MYTO,
Pagliacci (Beppe) with Placido Domingo and Ingvar Wixell. GALA
Turandot (Pong) with Luciano Pavarotti and Monsarrat Caballe. GALA
St. Nicolas (Britten) FOUR WINDS
“Live from the MET” Television Broadcasts
Ariadne auf Naxos with Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle.
Der Rosenkavalier with Kiri Te Kanawa and Luciano Pavarotti.