Gerard Powers sings the role of Rodolfo in the Opening Night performance of La Bohème. Mr. Powers temporarily replaces Luc Robert who is unable to perform due to illness.Tenor Luc Robert made his Pacific Opera Victoria debut in April 2006 in the role of the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto. In 2008 he returned for his debut as Nicias in Massenet's Thaïs. 2011 sees Luc returning to perform Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème.
Mr. Powers is making his Pacific Opera Victoria debut as Rodolfo, a role he has previously performed in the Royal Albert Hall in London, with New York City Opera, the Gothenburg Opera, in the Cologne Arena, and for Utah Opera, Opera Columbus, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
Gerard Powers has enjoyed enthusiastic acclaim for his fresh and innovative perspective in a wide variety of operatic roles.
Other recent engagements include Prunier in Puccini's La Rondine for Opera Tampa and for his debut with San Francisco Opera, the title role in Les Contes d'Hoffmann with Boston Lyric Opera and Central City Opera, Don José in Carmen for his debut with the Bolshoi Opera, Cavaradossi in Tosca with Arizona Opera, and the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with New York City Opera, Fresno Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Central City Opera, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and (upcoming) with Opera Omaha. He also sang Richard Smythe in Jake Heggie's The End of the Affair for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Additional engagements include leading roles with New York City Opera, Baltimore Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Central City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Cincinnati Opera.
Mr. Powers' recent European engagements include the title roles in Les Contes d'Hoffmann and Werther, and Luigi in Il Tabarro (as part of Robert Carsen's world-renowned production of Puccini's Il Trittico) all with De Vlaamse Opera in Belgium. He has also sung Anatol in Vanessa with the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Alfredo in La Traviata in Belgium's Vorst Nationaal, Germany's Cologne Arena, and Lisbon's Atlântico-Pavilhao, Pénélope with the Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland, and Don José in Carmen at Munich's Olympiahalle.