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American tenor BEAU GIBSON (Pong) is a recent alumnus of the Houston Grand Opera Studio and is winning acclaim for his elegant voice and musicianship. In the 2008/09 season, Gibson returned to Houston Grand Opera, singing Beppe in I Pagliacci and Benedict in Beatrice and Benedict. He made his LA Opera debut in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte as First Armed Man and as Froh in Wagner’s Das Rheingold as part of a new Ring cycle directed by Achim Freyer and conducted by James Conlon. While there he also covered the lead role of Hoffegut in Braunfels’ Die Vögel. In the 2009/10 season, Beau Gibson debuted at San Francisco Opera as First Jew in Salome, followed by Cassio in Otello, both conducted by Nicola Luisotti. He then traveled to LA Opera for the role of Menaldo in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten, conducted by Conlon as part of the Forgotten Voices series.
A busy 2010/11 season saw Beau Gibson returning to Houston Grand Opera for Britten’s Peter Grimes (Bob Boles and cover Peter Grimes) with Patrick Summers, Normanno in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor with Antonino Fogliani and Father Grenville in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, also with Patrick Summers. Gibson also made his debut with Opera North (New Hampshire) as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni.
At Wolf Trap Opera Festival, Gibson has performed Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Edoardo in Verdi’s Un giorno di regno, Vanderdendur in Candide, and Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos. He also offered a recital with Steven Blier entitled Tales from the Vienna Woods. Beau has also participated as a Young Artist at the Merola Program with the San Francisco Opera and with the Chautauqua Opera.
A favorite with the National Symphony Orchestra, Beau Gibson has also performed with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, the Houston Ballet, the Utah Symphony & Opera, the Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Opera Academy in Rome, the Woodlands Symphony Orchestra, the Mercury Baroque Ensemble, and the Chautauqua Opera Orchestra, singing repertoire including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, and Stravinsky’s Les Noces. Recital performances have included Schumann’s Dichterliebe; Beethoven’s Gellert Lieder; Brahm’s Liebesliederwalzer Op. 52; Britten’s Folksongs with Guitar; Poulenc’s Tel jour, telle nuit; Schumann’s Liederkreis Op. 39; Spanisches Liederspiel Op. 74; and songs by Hundley, Respighi, Rimsky-Korsakov, Schubert, Strauss, Tosti, and Verdi.