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Alfred Walker sings the Four Villains in “The Tales of Hoffmann” at Seattle Opera in 2014. The American bass-baritone made his Seattle Opera debut in 2008 in the role of Orest in “Elektra.” In this passage he introduced himself to Elektra as the bosom companion of her dead brother: “I, and another, who comes with me, have a message for the lady. We were sent to bear witness that her son Orest died before our eyes. He was killed by his own horses. I was the same age as him; he was my companion, day and night.” Lawrence Renes conducts the orchestra of Seattle Opera. Photo by Rozarii Lynch.