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 Cincinnati Opera. Engagement this season include Billy Bigelow in Carousel with the 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 Fantastic Mr. Fox with Opera San Antonio, Sciarraone in Tosca with the Orlando Philharmonic, and Angelotti/Jailor in Tosca with the Colorado Symphony.
Highlights of recent seasons include Falke in Die Fledermaus with the 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, 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 Les mamelles de Tirésias and Bobby in Weill’s 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; Riolobo in Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas; and John Brooke in Adamo’s Little Women.