About

AMERICAN BARITONE GREGORY GERBRANDT is an established star in the worlds of opera and musical theatre, bringing a dynamic blend of vocal ability and stage prowess. Garnering critical acclaim around the world, Gerbrandt has created a prominent name for himself while receiving follow-up contracts from virtually every company with which he’s worked. He has performed with opera and symphonic organizations on five continents while singing for ambassadors and other officials from around the globe. Prior to earning the degree of Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Gerbrandt obtained a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado, where he was twice awarded the prestigious distinction of Scholar of the Year. He was also given the highest recognition by his high school alma mater: induction into the Greeley West Hall of Fame.

Gerbrandt has created the lead baritone in five World Premieres, while being hand-picked for one European Premiere, and another two North American Premieres. He is frequently asked to sing contemporary opera and has performed most recently the lead role in new productions of A Streetcar Named Desire (Previn), Glory Denied (Cipullo, European Premiere), Silent Night (Puts), Mansfield Park (Dove, North American Premiere), Judgment of Midas (Ince, World Premiere and recording), Model Love (Jackson, World Premiere), This is the Rill Speaking (Hoiby), The Gift of the Magi (Conte), and For a Look or a Touch (Heggie). An original cast recording of Kamran Ince's Judgment of Midas, in which Gerbrandt can be heard in the role of Theo, was released in May of 2015 on Albany Records. By contrast, Gerbrandt is in high demand to perform the prominent standards of Italian, French, and Russian opera. La bohèmePagliacciLucia di LammermoorLe nozze di FigaroL'elisir d'amoreCarmen, and Faust, as well as the title roles of Don GiovanniIl barbiere di Siviglia, and Eugene Onegin are just a sampling of his performed repertoire with Boston Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Central City Opera, Sarasota Opera, Kentucky Opera, Opera Saratoga, Nashville Opera, Opera Memphis, Indianapolis Opera, Utah Festival Opera, and the Teatro Nacional Sucre (South America).

THE 2018/19 SEASON is highlighted by the *EUROPEAN PREMIERE* of Tom Cipullo's incredible American Opera, Glory Denied. This prominent and brilliant work, based on the true story of Jim Thompson, America's longest held Prisoner of War, is introduced to European audiences in November/December of 2018. This will count Gerbrandt's fifth production of the work, having led the different casts in Anchorage, Boise, Syracuse, Cleveland, and now in Berlin, Germany. Gerbrandt also makes his debut with Chattanooga Symphony & Opera in the role of Escamillo in Bizet's, Carmen. Scheduled returns list Gerbrandt with Piedmont Opera for a new production of L'elisir d'amore in the role of Sergeant Belcore as well as with Opera Memphis in a charming and hilarious production of H.M.S. Pinafore in the role of Captain Corcoran. Gerbrandt is also performing a second production of Glory Denied as a guest artist with Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, leading the cast in the role of Older Thompson.

The previous two seasons' highlights included debuts with Opera Colorado, Anchorage Opera, Teatro Sanchez Aguilar (South America), Piedmont Opera, Opera Company of Middlebury, Mobile Opera, First Coast Opera, the Billings Symphony Orchestra, Hays Symphony, and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic to go along with returns to Opera Memphis, Asheville Lyric Opera, and Teatro Nacional Sucre.

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The 2016/17 Season ... Gerbrandt sailed high in the title role of Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Memphis. Also, Gerbrandt made his debut with Anchorage Opera in the lead role of Older Thompson in Glory Denied, a role which has become a recent staple in his repertoire, receiving wonderful press and acclaim for each production he's led. This season also marked his Opera Colorado debut in the capacity of Jim Larkens in Puccini's, La fanciulla del West. Gerbrandt also debuted with Teatro Sanchez Aguilar in Guayaquil, Ecuador (South America), reprising the polarizing role of Javert in one of the most popular musicals of all time, Les Misérables.  Gerbrandt also made returns to Asheville Lyric Opera as the Governor/Innkeeper in Man of La Mancha, and Opera Memphis for Mikey Stearns in Blue Viola and Renaldo Cabral in Later the Same Evening.

Some highlights from the 2015/16 Season included debuts with the Syracuse Opera, and Indianapolis Opera in the roles of Older Jim Thompson in Glory Denied, and Edmund Bertram in Jonathan Dove's new opera adaptation of Jane Austen's third novel, Mansfield Park, respectively. Gerbrandt made returns to the National Theatre in Quito, Ecuador (South America) for Les Misérables (Javert), Opera on the James for Don Pasquale (Malatesta), Opera Idaho for Glory Denied (Older Jim Thompson), Asheville Lyric Opera for Man of La Mancha (Governor/Innkeeper), and Opera Fort Collins for a new and updated production of Così fan tutte (Guglielmo), set in a modern New York City nightclub. February marked a special return to Kentucky Opera for Gerbrandt, as he had not seen the stage there in Louisville since he was a member of the Young Artists Program. He sang and danced the role of Frank Shultz in Show Boat! Gerbrandt debuted also with the Toledo and Boulder Symphonies for a "Rodgers & Hammerstein Tribute" (soloist) and a semi-staged production of La bohème (Marcello), respectively.

The 2014/15 Season saw Gerbrandt in the title roles of Eugene Onegin with Opera Idaho and Elijah with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire with Opera Santa Barbara, Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera on the James, both Marcello in La bohème and Governor/Inkeeper in Man of La Mancha with Utah Festival Opera, El Gallo in The Fantasticks with Playhouse on the Square, and Steven Kodaly in She Loves Me with Arvada Center. Gerbrandt also performed his first Carmina Burana, singing the baritone solos with Utah Festival Opera and the American Festival Chorus.

Other recent concert/symphonic appearances of note: Jesus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion as well as soloist in Handel’s Messiah, both with the acclaimed Bethany Oratorio Society; title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah for the National Opera Association convention; Pish-Tush in The Mikado with the Colorado Symphony; soloist for tribute concert with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra; soloist for Das klagende Lied with the Colorado MahlerFest; soloist for Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacem with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra; soloist for Haydn’s Paukenmesse with the Nebraska Choral Arts Society, soloist for Faure’s Requiem with the Masterworks Chorale; role of Jesus in Bach's St. John Passion as guest artist with the University of Northern Colorado.

Gregory Gerbrandt studied with Bill McGraw while earning his M.M. degree from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (CCM). Gerbrandt earned his B.M. degree from the University of Northern Colorado, where he studied voice and opera with his late father, Dr. Carl Gerbrandt. Gregory Gerbrandt sang as an apprentice artist with Glimmerglass Opera, Central City Opera, Sarasota Opera, Nashville Opera, Kentucky Opera, and Opera North.

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