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Performance Reviews


Turn Up Your Radio - Adelaide Fringe 2018.

"Gilbertson's soaring higher register was utilised most notably when he was tasked with reproducing the mighty vocals of Bon Scott, first Fraternity and then ultimately with a show stealing AC/DC finale." Scenestre.

Reaching the World Concert Tour 1999

"Thank you and Anne for your excellent performance at Australia House. We are grateful to you for your contribution to the overall success of the 'Experience South Australia' evening." Maurice de Rohan OBE, Agent General, London, October 1999

"This is the best concert I've attended at the Embassy. To get a Paris audience to sing

along in a concert and enjoy it was really something special." Jean-Paul & Monique

Delamotte (invited guests of the Ambassador), September 1999

"Uniting the world in one dream. The Olympic flame reaches Austria through

Brian Gilbertson's singing. Gilbertson has developed a unique ability to cross the borders

between classical and contemporary popular performance..." "...a very good ambassador."

Enea Hoyos - Austria Today, Vienna, September 1999

"The students are still talking about it. Your master class was very helpful and your recital most delightful." "You make an excellent ambassador for your country. Thank you for your generous spirit and your kind consideration of talent in the Third World." Brad Liebl (Director of Music) - Capetown University, August 1999

"A superb ambassador for Australia." Mr. David Connolly (Australian High Commissioner in South Africa), August 1999

"Triumphant tour!" ArtState, December 1999

"We appreciate your significant contribution." General Manager (Image, Special Events and Olympic Arts Festivals), December 1999

"In every way, Brian, and manager, Julie Sloan, and their accompanist - Anne ApThomas, were superb ambassadors for South Australia generally and SA Tourism Commission in particular." "...two great performances..." 

Australian High Commission Newsletter, October 1999

"your involvement was definitely one of the highlights of the promotion." Mr Chris Marchant (Australian High Commissioner in Mauritius), June 1999

"The only solo Australian Artist in the Festival, he was supported by the Foreign Affairs and Trade Department, Malaysia Air, SOCOG, the SA Agent General in London and SA Tourism. Armed with pictorial images of many of our 'best kept secrets,' the tenor incorporated these images as backdrops to his performances. His aim was to whet the appetite of audiences - several million courtesy of the television coverage - with stories of the many beautiful places in his home state." SA Great article - The Advertiser, November 1999

"Reached audiences of millions..." The Advertiser, November 1999


Goro in Madame Butterfly 1999

"...excels..." Jackie Tracey - The Sunday Mail, October 1999

"...another fine cameo..." Ewart Shaw - The Advertiser, October 1999

"...a consumate artist who knows his craft to perfection." Roger Knight - The Adelaide Review, September 1999


Nanki Poo in The Mikado 1999

"...breezes along as the wimpy juvenile lead Nanki Poo."

Jackie Tracey - The Sunday Mail, August 1999

"...fresh faced and youthful Nanki Poo whose music sits easily in the voice."

Ewart Shaw - The Advertiser, August 1999

"...the splendidly cast Nanki Poo..sang strongly throughout his long role." 

"...did his dialogue in a well studied toffee-nosed accent that was

funny in itself." Tristam Cary - The Australian, August 1999


Froh in Das Rheingold 1998

"...the hand picked caste of magnificent Wagnerian voices." The Bulletin, December 1998

"The cast (Rheingold) was uniformly strong." The Adelaide Review, December 1998

"...played with enormous pathos by Brian Gilbertson." Rip It Up Magazine, December 1998

"...the superb Brian Gilbertson..." The Advertiser, December 1998

"I was particularly impressed by Brian Gilbertson's Froh, sung strongly, clearly

and pleasingly." David Gyger - Opera Australia, December 1998

"...the level of consistent excellence was remarkable - the singers he (Bill Gillespie)

assembled make a powerful dramatic team right down to the smallest roles."

The Australian, November 1998

"His singers drawn from around the world are the real strength - from the Rheinmaidens

through the gods led by John Wegner's Wotan... and Brian Gilbertson's Froh."

The Brisbane Courier, November 1998

"...the best of local and international singers." "...there isn't a dull or uninteresting voice

among them." The Age, November 1998

"...strongly sung by Brian Gilbertson..." "...a consistently excellent caste..."

The Australian, November 1998


"I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Gilbertson on the roles of Froh and

Mime (Das Rheingold and Siegfried) in connection with the Ring in Adelaide, 1998. I have no hesitation in recommending him for these parts, and feel confident that Loge would also suit him well. He sings with clarity of text (and his German is excellent) and vocal production, and the sound projects well. He works intensively and with great attention to detail which make him a reliable colleague. Since he is capable of warmth as well as character he can be invaluable to very many operatic casts."

Lionel Friend (Assistant Music Director) - The Ring Company, December 1998

"Brian Gilbertson has been a valuable member of the Ring company, vocally and dramatically, not only as Froh.. but also as a brilliant cover for Mime, singing several rehearsals magnificently. He is surely capable of being a world class Mime, and as a lyric/character tenor of great use to any company. He is also a marvellously supportive colleague." Jeffrey Tate (Music Director) - The Ring Company, December 1998










Hussar (Cook) in Mavra 1998 

"...made this comedy blaze like a meteor..." Noel Purdon - The Bulletin, May 1998

"...a much admired singer..." Roger Knight (Arts Critic) -

The Adelaide Review, December 1998


Australia v South Africa Cricket Test Sydney 1998

" class rendition of 'Advance Australia Fair'." 

"...South Africa's anthem 'Nkosi Sikhelele Afrika' sung beautifully." Robert Craddock - Herald Sun


Australia v West Indies Cricket Test, 1997.

"...a stirring Australian National Anthem beautifully and simply sung by Brian Gilbertson." Richie Benaud - Channel 9

"...quite a magnificent singer - Brian Gilbertson." - Richie Beneau - Channel 9
"...wonderfully emotional moment of the Jamaican National Anthem." "...lovely to see Courtney Walsh and Clive Lloyd both came forward to congratulate him." Neville Oliver - ABC Radio Sport


Opening Ceremony - Davis Cup, 1997.

"I have not heard the Czech anthem sung better!" President - Czech Republic Davis Cup Team


Academy Awards Function - Shine 1997

" set the right atmosphere for a great party!" Diana Laidlaw (M.L.C. Minister for the Arts, South Australia), 1997


Australia v Sri Lanka Australia Day Cricket Test 1996

"...excellent rendition (Sri Lankan Anthem)." "...touching gesture of recognition and goodwill." Radley Claesson - Sri Lankan Consul in

South Australia

"...wonderful change to hear a highly talented singer performing the national anthem."
"SACA you hit the jackpot!" AJ Hocking - Letter to Advertiser


Atlanta Olympics ABC Radio Sport Broadcast 1996

"...should be singing the Anthem at the next Commonwealth Games." Norman May - ABC Radio. Radio Sport used Brian's recording of the National Anthem in their Atlanta Olympics Broadcast.


First Appearance Bert Newton's Good Morning Australia 1996

"...what a voice! what a voice!! "...South Australia's gift to the Australian Music Industry!" Bert Newton (Good Morning Australia), 1996


Release CD Tenor & Brass Take One 1996

"...another example of excellence in the Australian music industry. What a voice!" James Morrison (launching recording: 'Tenor & Brass - Take One')


Richard Dauntless in Ruddigore 1995

"...first class..well drawn & articulate." The Bulletin, December 1995

"...excellent as the jolly jack tar." The Australian, November 1995

"...the lyrical voice of Brian Gilbertson gave an outstanding Richard.." The Age, November 1995


The Witch in Hansel & Gretel 1994

"...a riot..." The Advertiser, April 1994

"Superbly played!" Backstage, April 1994


Malcolm in Macbeth 1993

"...confidently sung and acted..." Opera Australia, September 1993

"...intense and well articulated..." The Australian, September 1993


Spoletta in Tosca 1993

"...continues his notable carreer as the Lon Chaney of Opera." The Sunday Mail, June 1993

"...splendid creation..." The Australian, June 1993


Monostatos in The Magic Flute 1992

" fine voice..." Opera Australia, November 1992

"...compelling..." Opera Australia, September 1992


Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor 1992

"...a very handy person to have around..." The Advertiser, May 1992

"...versatile..." The Sunday Mail, May 1992


St. John in St. John's Passion 1992

"Brian Gilbertsons evangelist was a mature and eloquent performance that held everything together." The Advertiser, December 1992


St. Nicholas in St. Nicholas

" of his finest and most stylish performances to date." The Advertiser, November 1992


Goro in Madame Butterfly 1991

"...splendidly devious..." Opera Australia, December 1991

"...stands out..." The Advertiser, October 1991


Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni 1991

"Brian Gilbertson sings Don Ottavio with pleasing style and great intelligence." The Adelaide Review, June 1991

"...looked the part to perfection..." The Sunday Mail, May 1991

"Brian Gilbertson sings Don Ottavio with pleasing style and great intelligence." The Advertiser, May 1991


Pete McGinty in Pete McGinty and the Dreamtime 1990

"...played the young Pete with a freshness and verve and a fine voice..." The Sunday Herald, February 1990

" exceptional person in Brian Gilbertson impressed with his bravura rendering of the young Pete." The Toorak Times, February 1990

"..sang strongly and with admirably clear diction." The Herald, January 1990


Ernesto in Don Pasquale 1987

"...sang as if he had been listening to Tito Schipa, and the result was invariably totally successful!" The Adelaide Review, November 1987

"Brian Gilbertson has a lyric tenor voice whose upper range is extraordinarily clear and unstrained." The Advertiser, October 1987


© 2000 by Brian Gilbertson

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