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Gerald Thompson

Countertenor

  • His mercurial voice has real beauty of tone and plenty of room at the top...
    Opera Britannia
  • Thompson is robustly expressive throughout his role…
    Times Colonist
  • Countertenor Gerald Thompson has a beautiful voice, which he used with unusual sensitivity
    The Oregonian
  • In the role of Bertarido, Rodelinda’s much-put-upon husband, Gerald Thompson deployed a voice of unusual warmth and resonance.
    Seen and Heard International
  • American countertenor, Gerald Thompson, begins the 2013-14 Season in concert as Tolomeo Giulio Cesare in the inaugural season of London’s Bloomsbury Festival. He travels to Canada to appear with Edmonton Opera as Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, a role he previously sang at San Francisco Opera as an Adler Fellow.

    Recent successes include his return to The Metropolitan Opera to cover the role of Bertarido Rodelinda, a role he previously sang with great success at Pacific Opera Victoria, and at San Francisco Opera. He appeared as Mike Teevee The Golden Ticket at Atlanta Opera, and also at Chicago Opera Theater in Teseo. He returned to Europe for concert performances of Narvès in Carl Heinrich Graun’s Montezuma at Musikfestpiele Potsdam Sassoucci Festival, a role he inaugurated the previous season and Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Theater Magdeburg. 

    Further appearances included his debut at Pacific Opera Victoria as Bertarido and his appearance at New York City Opera in the role of Hegai Esther.  He made his Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, debut in the role of The Dog The Cunning Little Vixen under the baton of Charles Mackerras, to great acclaim.
    Mr. Thompson made his Lyric Opera Chicago debut as Nireno/Curio Giulio Cesare under the baton of Emmanuelle Haïm, and at Glimmerglass Opera Festival in the role of Tolomeo; he appeared at Portland Opera as Unulfo Rodelinda and Endimione La Calisto; Medoro Orlando in Moscow in one of the first public appearances in Russia by a counter-tenor, and he covered Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream at La Scala, Milan.  In April 2007, Mr. Thompson made a double-barrelled New York debut performing with both New York City Opera as Guido in Flavio and The Metropolitan Opera as Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare

    Gerald Thompson made his operatic debut with Opera Theatre at Wildwood Park performing the roles of Don Ramiro La Finta Giardiniera and Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus.  In 2005, he became a member of the prestigious Adler Fellowship at San Francisco Opera, and made his main stagedebut as Prince Go-Go in the American premiere of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre.  This success led to further appearances at San Francisco Opera as Unulfo and Prince Orlofsky.  He reprised the role of Unulfo for his European debut with Opera Barroca in Bilbao, Spain, and sang Bertarido under the baton of Harry Bicket at Canadian Opera Company.  “Gerald Thompson’s tone and virtuoso passagework well suited the tormented Bertarido and made for a hair-raising account of Vivi, tiranno!” raved Opera News. 

    Future appearances include a role in the upcoming Shellshock Requiem a new composition that premieres at La Monnaie in 2014.

    • Die Fledermaus, Edmonton Opera
      January 2014

      The most interesting casting was the counter-tenor Gerald Thompson in the trouser-role of Orlofsky. It was a bold idea, and it works, though only because he has such a marvellous voice (one I would dearly like to hear in more conventional counter-tenor roles).
      Mark Morris, Edmonton Journal
    • Teseo, Chicago Opera Theatre
      April 2012

      As Egeo, whose attraction to Agilea leads him to become ensnared by Medea’s wiles, countertenor Gerald Thompson was a worthy semi-villain, characterizing well and cutting loose with some imposing top notes in his bravura aria, Voglio stragi, e voglio morte.
      Lawrence A. Johnson, The Classical Review
      In the black-hatted role of Egeo, the cad who tosses Medea aside and commandeers Agilea from her true love, countertenor Gerald Thompson displayed vocal warmth that nearly made one forget the king’s dastardly intent.
      Lawrence B. Johnson, Chicago on the aisle
    • The Cunning Little Vixen, Royal Opera House
      March 2010

      Of the many smaller roles, countertenor Gerald Thompson stood out for his attractively sung Dachshund. Although he is perhaps more famous for the stunning Sesto (sic) which he sang in the Metropolitan Opera's Giulio Cesare back in 2007, his mercurial voice has real beauty of tone and plenty of room at the top, which ordinarily is the perennial weakness of most protagonists in this vocal category.
      Antony Lias, Opera Britannia
    • Rodelinda, Pacific Opera Victoria
      November 2010

      Then there was some fine singing to be heard, notably from two exceptionally talented countertenors. In the role of Bertarido, Rodelinda’s much-put-upon husband, Gerald Thompson deployed a voice of unusual warmth and resonance. In the brilliant aria “Vivi, tiranno,” which Handel added to the score a few months after the opera’s 1725 premiere, he dispatched the rapid passage-work with phenomenal accuracy, if not consistently the fullest tone, and accomplished cadential flourishes of positively volcanic power. The touching segue into his first aria, “Dove sei,” might perhaps have been managed with more delicacy, but altogether this was a commanding assumption of one of Handel’s finest alto roles.
      Bernard Jacobson, Seen and Heard International
      Thompson is robustly expressive throughout his role… He is deeply moving in his first aria (the famous Dove sei) and in his gorgeous duet with Paulin, and thrilling in his final aria (Vivi tiranno!), a virtuosic tour de force that earned the evening's most thunderous plaudits.
      Kevin Bazzana, Times Colonist
    • La Calisto, Portland Opera
      March 2009

      Countertenor Gerald Thompson has a beautiful voice, which he used with unusual sensitivity, especially in his duets with Diana.
      David Stabler, The Oregonian
    • Giulio Cesare, Glimmerglass Opera Festival
      August 2008

      We see Tolomeo played by the counter tenor Gerald Thompson with his retinue. The casting of Thompson was pure brilliance, for the combination of his figure, mannerisms, and voice produced the antithesis of what one would normally associate with a powerful King Tolomeo.
      Lew Schneider, Musicweb International
    • Rodelinda, Portland Opera
      February 2008

      Arguably, the “discovery” of this production was countertenor Gerald Thompson as “Unulfo.” We have come a long way since pleasant rarities like Russell Oberlin, let me tell you! Mr. Thompson has an uncommonly impressive instrument for this Fach, full-bodied, expressive, responsive, capable of every demand that Handel asks of it. Our singer absolutely and thrillingly nailed every sixteenth note of the (extremely) rapid passage work with fiery precision. Moreover, he displayed real heart in his slower parlando passages. So accomplished was he, that I found myself wishing that he were the one singing the incomparably lovely “Dove Sei,” one of leading man “Bertarido’s” big set pieces.
      James Sore, Opera Today
      Countertenor Gerald Thompson was superb as Unulfo, the nobleman who befriended Bertarido and helped Rodelinda to save him. Thompson whipped through some devlishly tricky arias with panache, completely winning over the audience en route.
      James Bash, Northwest Reverb
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