Praised for his “matinee idol charm and charisma,” “a beautiful, luscious baritone,” and “a compelling, commanding stage presence” by publications such as Opera News, the Star Tribune, and the Houston Chronicle, Gabriel Preisser received rave reviews once again for his performance of Lt. Gordon in the world-première of Kevin Putz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night with Minnesota Opera. He then took his portrayal of Lt. Gordon to Opera Philadelphia and most recently, Cincinnati Opera in 2014.
This season, he sings Harold Hill in The Music Man at Colorado Symphony; Tommy in Brigadoon with Gulf Shore Opera, Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte, Marchese in La traviata, Oscar Jaffee in On the 20th Century with Skylark Opera, Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tiresias with Opera Orlando, and Masetto in Don Giovanni at Opera Tampa. He also appears in concert singing Belshazaar’s Feast with Canterbury Chorale. Next season, he makes his début with Michigan Opera Theatre.
Highlights of recent seasons include Falke in Die Fledemaus with Minnesota Orchestra, Silvio in Pagliacci with Opera Naples, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette with St. Petersburg Opera, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Shreveport Opera, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti with Florida Opera Theatre, Baron Douphol in La traviata with Orlando Philharmonic, Carmina Burana with the Gulf Coast Symphony, Händel’s Messiah with the Orlando Messiah Society, Billy Bigelow in Carousel with Minnesota Orchestra, Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen with Lyric Opera of the North, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with St. Petersburg Opera, Farmer Bean in Tobias Picker’s Mr. Fantastic Fox with San Antonio Opera and Odyssey Opera in Boston, Sciarraone in Tosca with Orlando Philharmonic, Angelotti/Jailor in Tosca with Colorado Symphony and Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro at City Opera/Ballet Bellevue, and a double bill as Le Mari in Poulenc’s surrealist two-act opéra bouffe Les mamelles de Tirésias and Bobby in Weill’s scenic cantata Mahagonny-Songspiel with Opera Parallèle.
Mr. Preisser has garnered a reputation for his dynamic interpretations of several new works including the title role in Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry, Tom Joad in Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath, and Riolobo in Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas at the Moores Opera Center; Antonio in Hagen’s New York Stories at Kentucky Opera; John Brooke in Adamo’s Little Women and Shoe Salesman/Puppet in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, both at Pensacola Opera; and several recitals throughout the United States with music by Charles Ives, Brahms, Ravel, Villa-Lobos, and others.
Mr. Preisser has demonstrated comfort and expertise on stages of all types with an expansive repertoire of opera and musical theater roles including Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Prince Ottokar in Der Freischütz, Danilo in The Merry Widow, the title role in Don Giovanni, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Achille in Giulio Cesare, Ubalde in Lully’s Armide, Pooh-bah in The Mikado, Mars in Orpheus in the Underworld, Don Quixote in Man of la Mancha, Larry Foreman in The Cradle Will Rock, Bob Baker in Bernstein’s Wonderful Town, and Albert in Werther with such companies as Minnesota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Pensacola Opera, Kentucky Opera, Skylark Opera, and others. Opera News made note of his “beautifully sung and beautifully portrayed” Yamadori for Kentucky Opera’s Madama Butterfly and his performance of Masetto in Don Giovanni at Utah Festival Opera was played “with a delicious mixture of jealous outrage and bewilderment… commanding the spotlight with vocal talent.”
Mr. Preisser was a Resident Artist at Minnesota Opera, Kentucky Opera, and Pensacola Opera and an Apprentice Artist at Des Moines Metro Opera. In the competition circuit, he has been honored as a district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and won the American finals of the International Lirico Concorso Competition this past summer. Mr. Preisser graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with Bachelor of Music degrees in Voice Performance and Commercial Music and earned a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Houston.