Brian Gilbertson's first public appearance was at age 10. He sang in children's operas including the role of Captain in Benjamin Britain's The golden vanity. he fronted rock bands in his late teens to mid twenties, then in musicals and cabaret through his twenties.
Brian completed a Law degree in 1976 and practiced law for several years until he sold his legal practice in 1984 to move to Vienna to study voice and drama. He made his operatic debut in Vienna with the Vienna Kammeroper in 1985. For the next 20 years he performed in more than 40 lyric to character tenor roles as a principal artist in Europe, the United States and Australia. he also performed in concert and produced several CD recordings.
His operatic roles have ranged from the lyrical Ernesto in Donizetti's Don Pasquale to creating fascinating characters like Goro in Madama Butterfly or Mime in Wagner's Ring Cycle Siegried and Das Rheingold and the lyrical coloratura of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni or several toe-tapping tenors from Gilbert & Sullivan.
On the concert platform, he has had major successes including oratorio performances in Handel's The Messiah, the Bach Passions and numerous requiem masses.
Brian has also appeared as a special guest artist at many corporate functions and award evenings including Miss World and Miss Australia events.
Brian has worked with many internationally renowned music directors, including Richard Armstrong, Richard Bonynge, Carlo Felice Cillario, Jaques Delacôte, John DeMain and Jeffrey Tate, He has also worked with renowned directors including Bruce Beresford, Michael Blakemore, Stuart Maunder, Keith Michell, Moffatt Oxenbould, Simon Phillips, Pierre Strosser, Gayle Edwards and Keith Warner.
Performance colleagues in opera include: Elizabeth Campbell, Joan Carden, Conal Coad, Christopher Doig, Malcolm Donnelly, Dame Malvina Majors, Janis Martin, Yvonne Minton, Barry Mora, Patricia Payne, Marylin Schau, John Shaw, Lyndon Terracine, Yoko Watanabe, John Wegner and Lisa Gasteen.
In Musicals and lighter theatre works colleagues include: Jonathon Biggins, Rhonda Burchmore, Venetta Fields, Dobbs Franks, Keith Michell and Dennis Olsen.
Companies with whom Brian has collaborated: Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, State Opera of South Australia, Victoria State Opera, St Pölten State Theatre; Vienna Kammeroper, Palm Beach Festival, Schönbrunn Palace Theatre Vienna, Australian Broadcasting Commission, Victorian Arts Centre, Adelaide Festival Centre Trust and Darwin Centre for Performing Arts. Various concert venues in Europe and Australia as Tenor soloist.
Operatic Roles include: Froh (Das Rheingold:The Ring), Mime (Siegfried: The Ring), Don Ottavio, (Don Giovanni); Ernesto, (Don Pasquale); Almaviva, (Il Barbiere di Sivilgia), L'Abate di Chazeuil, (Adriana Lecouvreur); Wenzel (Die Verkaufte Braut); Goro, (Madama Butterfly); Spoletta, (Tosca); Monostatos, (II flauto magico); Normanno, (Lucia di Lammermoor); Malcolm, (Macbeth); Gastone, (La Traviata); The Witch (Hansel & Gretel); Remendado, (Carmen); Roderigo, (Otello); Young Servant, (Elektra); Borsa, (Rigoletto); Sid, (Sid the Serpent); Don Curzio, (Figaro); Benoir, (La Boheme); Bardolph, (Falstaff); Tenor, (Trouble in Tahiti) Edmondo, (Manon Lescaut), Father (Dead Man Walking), The Prologue and Peter Quint (Turn of the Screw).
Languages: Performed in Afrikaans, Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Sotho, Singalese, Thai and Zulu.
Vocal Training: Maestro Franz Schuch-Tovini,Vienna.
Dramatic Training: Hochschule fur Musik Darstellender Kunst in Vienna.
© 2023 by Brian Gilbertson