Gerald Thompson

Gerald Thompson begins the 2017-18 season at the Staatstheater Stuttgart returning to the role of Polinesso Ariodante. Last season he traveled to th Bolshoi Theatre for performances of Bertarido Rodelinda and undertook a number of performances in therole of Polinesso at the Staatstheatter Stuttgart. 

Recent success for the artist include the world premiere of Shell Shock - A Requiem of War by Nicholas Lens and Nick Cave at La Monnaie which won him rave reviews. With this, he drew on his rich experience in contemporary music, having made his main stage debut at San Francisco Opera while he was an Adler Fellow in the role of Prince Go-Go Le Grand Macabre, the American premiere of Ligeti's work. He appeared as Mike Teevee in Peter Ash's operatic adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Golden Ticket, at Atlanta Opera, as Hegai Esther at New York City opera and as The Dog The Cunning Little Vixen in his commented Royal Opera House, Covent Garden debut under the baton of Charles Mackeras. 

Past highlights demonstrate Mr. Thompson's versatility as a singer who is also at home in early music, where he has been much in demand as an interpreter of Handel. Inlcuded is his double-barrelled New York debut with both New York City Opera as Guido Flavio and The Metropolitan Opera as Tolomeo Giulio Cesare, which he also sang at the Glimmerglass Festival; he returned to The Metropolitan Opera for Bertarido (cover) Rodelinda, which he had previously sung with great success at Pacific Opera Victoria and at Canadian Opera Company under the baton of Harry Bicket. 

Other San Francisco Opera main stage roles include Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, a role he later sang at Edmonton Opera, and Unulfo Rodelinda, a role he also sang at Portland Opera and revived for his European debut in Bilbao with Opera Barroca. He returned to Portland Opera as Endimione in Cavalli's La Calisto

Further international appearances include his debut in Russia in the role of Medoro Orlando in Moscow in one of the first public appearances in Russia by a counter-tenor. he has provided the covers for performances of David Daniels on occasion, including Oberon A Midsummer NIght's Dream at La Scala, Milan, a role he later sang at Theater Magdeburg. He appeared in the role of Narvès in Carl Heinrich Graun's Montezuma at Musikfestpiele Potsdam Sanssouci Festival and revived the role in concert the folowing year. 

The artist's Lyric Opera Chicago debut came in the role of Nireno/Curio Giulio Cesare under the baton of Emmanuelle Haïm, and at Glimmerglass Festival in the role of Tolomeo. He portrayed Don Ramiro La Finta Giardinera at Theatre at Wildwood Park.