German based American countertenor Gerald Thompson most recent success includes 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 draws 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 adaption of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Golden Ticket, at Atlanta Opera, Hegai Esther at New York City Opera and his commended Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, debut as The Dog The Cunning Little Vixen 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. Included is his double-barrelled New York debut with both New York City Opera as Guido Flavio and The Metropolitan Opera as Tolomeo Giulio Cesare; he returned to The Metropolitan Opera for Bertarido (cover) Rodelinda, which he previously sang with great success at Pacific Opera Victoria and at Canadian Opera Company under the baton of Harry Bicket: “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.
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.