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Gabriel Preisser

Baritone

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. Highlights of recent seasons also 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, and Sam in Trouble in Tahiti with Florida Opera Theatre.

 

Sep
2014

Sep-25
to
Sep-28
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Farmer Bean
Opera San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Oct
2014

Oct-05
to
Oct-06
Vienna – City of Song
Baritone Soloist
Lyric Fest
Philadelphia, PA
Nov
2014

Nov-15
Carmen
Escamillo
Lyric Opera of the North
Duluth, MN
Nov-23
Carmina Burana
Baritone Soloist
Bach Society of Winter Park
Winter Park, FL
Dec
2014

Dec-07
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Farmer Bean
Odyssey Opera
Boston, MA
Jan
2015

Jan-31
to
Feb-03
Il barbiere di Siviglia
Figaro
St. Petersburg Opera
St. Petersburg, FL
Feb
2015

Feb-13
to
Feb-15
Tosca
Angelotti
Colorado Symphony
Denver, CO
Mar
2015

Mar-19
to
Mar-22
Carousel
Billy Bigelow
Minnesota Orchestra
Minneapolis, MN
May
2015

May-01
to
May-03
Tosca
Sciarrone
Orlando Philharmonic
Orlando, FL
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…consistently charismatic…
 The Fantasticks - “As the narrator and prospective seducer of the female lead, Gabriel Preisser is consistently charismatic and has a beautiful baritone voice. – Pioneer Music 
…combined charismatic energy and timbral allure…
 Les mamelles de Tirésias/Mahagonny Songspiel - “As Bobby and the Husband, baritone Gabriel Preisser combined charismatic energy and timbral allure. – Opera News 
…brings a charm and urgency…
 Pagliacci - “While his role as Silvio, Nedda’s lover, is brief – and doomed – Gabriel Preisser brings a charm and urgency to it.  Who wouldn’t want to run away with him? – Naples Daily News 
…young baritone was wonderful…
 Silent Night - “The young baritone Gabriel Preisser was wonderful as Lieutenant Gordon, a valiant and questioning Scottish officer.” - New York Times 
…excellent acting skills…
 Die Fledermaus - “Gabriel Preisser’s warm, rich voice was enhanced by his excellent acting skills. His very comfortable stage presence made him a believable Dr. Falke (the perpetrator of the revenge plot), and we rooted for him to succeed in snaring assorted characters into his net.”– El Paso Times 
…impeccably sung…
 La bohème  - “Gabriel Preisser’s Schaunard was impeccably sung and flawlessly acted and the whole principle ensemble worked wonderfully together, both in playful high-jinks and in the final scene, where subdued yet aching grief was beautifully conveyed by everyone.” - Monterey County Herald
Composer Opera Role
Adamo Little Women John Brooke
Aldridge Elmer Gantry Elmer Gantry
Bellini I puritani Sir Riccardo Forth
Bernstein Wonderful Town Bob Baker
Bizet Carmen Escamillo
Les pêcheurs de perles Zurga
Britten Albert Herring Sid
Billy Budd Tittle role
The Rape of Lucretia Junius, Tarquinius
Catán Florencia en el Amazonas Riolobo
Charpentier Les plaisirs de Versailles Comus
Copland The Tender Land Top
Donizetti Don Pasquale Dottor Malatesta
L’elisir d’amore Belcore
Lucia di Lammermoor Lord Enrico Ashton
Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande Pelléas
Gordon The Grapes of Wrath Tom Joad
Gounod Faust Valentin
Roméo et Juliette Mercutio
Handel Giulio Cesare Achilla
Heggie Dead Man Walking Joe de Rocher
Korngold Die tote Stadt Fritz
Lehár The Merry Widow Count Danilo Danilovitsch
Leoncavallo Pagliacci Silvio
Lerner & Loewe Camelot Lancelot
Lorzing Der Wildschütz Graf von Eberbach
Lully Armide Ubalde
Massenet Manon Lescaut
Werther Albert
Mozart Così fan tutte Guglielmo
Don Giovanni Title role, Masetto
Le nozze di Figaro Il Conte di Almaviva
Die Zauberflöte Papageno
Poulenc Les mamelles de Tirésias Le mari
Picker Fantastic Mr. Fox Farmer Bean
Previn A Streetcar Named Desire Stanley Kowalski
Puccini La bohème Marcello, Schaunard
Madama Butterfly Sharpless
Turandot Ping
Purcell Dido and Aeneas Aeneas
Puts Silent Night Lieutenant Gordon, Father Palmer, Ponchel
Rodgers & Hammerstein Carousel Billy Bigelow
Oklahoma! Curly McLain
South Pacific Lt. Joseph Cable
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Title role
La Cenerentola Dandini
Schmidt & Jones The Fantasticks El Gallo
Sondheim A Little Night Music Carl Mangus
Sweeney Todd Anthony Hope
Strauss, J. Die Fledermaus Falke
Strauss, R. Ariadne auf Naxos Harlekin
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Title role
The Queen of Spades Prince Yeletsky
Thomas Hamlet Title role
Verdi Falstaff Ford
Weber Der Freischütz Ottokar
Composer Work  
Bach Cantata No. 4
Cantata No. 36
St. John Passion
St. Matthew Passion
Bernstein Mass
Brahms Requiem
Copland Old American Songs
Duruflé Requiem
Fauré Requiem
Floyd Pilgrimage
Händel Messiah
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Requiem
Orff Carmina Burana
Ravel Don Quichotte a Dulcinee
Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem
Five Mystical Songs
Walton Belshazzar’s Feast
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.

Upcoming engagements include 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, Sciarraone in Tosca with Orlando Philharmonic, and Angelotti/Jailor in Tosca with Colorado Symphony.

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, 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-Songspielwith 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 Storiesat 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.

 

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