Gabriel Preisser

GRAMMY® Award winning baritone Gabriel Preisser has been praised by Opera News for his “handsome voice, charismatic energy, and timbral allure.” His resume includes over 40 operatic and musical theater roles including Danilo in The Merry Widow with Utah Festival Opera, Billy Bigelow in Carousel with Minnesota Orchestra, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with St Petersburg Opera, Dandini in La Cenerentola with Opera Tampa, Escamillo in Carmen with Lyric Opera of the North, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Shreveport Opera, Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tiresias with Opera Parallele, Albert in Werther with Minnesota Opera, Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette with Opera Tampa and St. Petersburg Opera, Tommy in Brigadoon with Gulfshore Opera, Silvio in Pagliacci with Opera Naples, Harold Hill in The Music Man with Colorado Symphony, and Bob Baker in Wonderful Town with Skylark Opera.  He has been praised for having a “matinee idol’s charm and charisma” (Star Tribune), “a beautiful, luscious baritone” (Pioneer Press) and “a compelling, commanding stage presence” (Houston Chronicle).

In 2020, Preisser returned to Canterbury Voices as soloist for a socially distanced performance of Brahms’ Requiem while also taking on the role of Eisenstein for Opera Orlando’s production of Die Fledermaus. He was to perform the title role in Sweeney Todd with Helena Symphony in a production postponed due to COVID-19. In the 2021-2022 season Preisser returns to the role of Danilo in The Merry Widow making his company debut with Opera Idaho and makes his role and company debut with Las Vegas Opera as James in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The House without a Christmas Tree. He will also be seen as Belfiore in Verdi’s Un Giorno di Regno with Opera Orlando and as a soloist in Carmina Burana  with the Orlando Philharmonic. In May 2023, Preisser joins the Helena Symphony to perform the title role of Sweeney Todd  in concert.

Preisser has made a name for himself as a versatile, crossover performer and has been especially active in new works. He created the role of Lt. Gordon in Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize winning Silent Night at Minnesota Opera with subsequent performances at Opera Philadelphia, Cincinnati Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre. His performance with the Minnesota Opera as Lt. Gordon, deemed “wonderful” by The New York Times, was also broadcast nationally on PBS in 2013 and 2014. He also took on the role of Farmer Bean in Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox both with Opera San Antonio and Odyssey Opera of Boston.  He can be heard on the original cast recording of Fantastic Mr. Fox under the baton of Gil Rose with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project that won the GRAMMY® Award for best new opera recording in 2020.  He has also been seen as the title character in Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry, Tom Joad in Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath, Riolobo in Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas, Antonio in Hagen’s New York Stories, John Brooke in Adamo’s Little Women, and the Shoe Salesman/Puppet role in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco.  He is a frequent recitalist throughout the US and a proponent of American composers including Charles Ives, Carlisle Floyd, Aaron Copland and John Duke.

A 2016 League of American Orchestras Emerging Artist, Preisser is known for his dynamic interpretation of Orff’s Carmina Burana performed with the Winter Park Bach Festival, Atlanta Ballet, Gulf Coast Symphony, and others. He has also been heard as a bass soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Colorado Symphony and Cristian Macelaru, soloist in William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with Jacksonville Symphony and the Canterbury Chorale, Schlendrian in Bach’s Coffee Cantata with Orlando Philharmonic, bass soloist in Bach’s St. John’s Passion with the Houston Bach Society, and bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Ars Lyrica and The Messiah Choral Society.

He was a district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition and won the American finals of the International Lirico Concorso Competition. Mr. Preisser was a resident artist at Minnesota Opera, Kentucky Opera, Pensacola Opera, and an apprentice artist at Des Moines Metro Opera.  He graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with degrees in Vocal Performance and Commercial Music and completed a Masters in Voice at the University of Houston.

Outside of his performance career, Mr. Preisser serves as General Director for Opera Orlando.