And, ah, the toreador – lanky of body and lusty of voice, Gabriel Manro brought brilliance to this strong character with his wonderful sense of the lyrics and use of diverse tone colors as he played with his phrases. He reminded me of Tito Gobbi in his use of the voice for effect, not necessarily for beauty, delivering raw tones and primal energy as he stalked the stage like a cat, using the French language as if it were real, not just vowels on a melodic line.

02.27.15Broadway World: LA Phil Presents West Coast Premiere of Unsuk Chin's ALICE IN WONDERLAND This We

The ground-breaking, fully-staged opera, written by composer Unsuk Chin and librettist David Henry Hwang, offers a new remix of the Lewis Carroll story. Under the guidance of director/designer/video artist Netia Jones and with visual material derived from the illustrations of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas gonzo-artist Ralph Steadman, Alice in Wonderland offers the audience a collision of styles and influences set on a black and white chessboard floor and featuring the orchestra as part of the set.

02.08.15Opera 'Ghosts of Versailles' may live forever

It's comic and serious, entertaining and erudite, silly and thoughtful, emotional and mysterious, harrowing and uplifting, intimate and over-the-top — and the more times you see it, the more you'll find in it and the more you'll get out of it.

08.18.14Center Stage Opera Presents LA TRAVIATA, 9/21-28

Tickets for Dylan F. Thomas' new production of Verdi's immortal La Traviata are already going fast! One of the most beloved operas of all time, La Traviata was also the inspiration for the hit film "Pretty Woman" starring Julia Robers ("Violetta") and Richard Gere ("Alfredo"). But while Hollywood insists on a "happily-ever-after" ending, opera (and real life) often takes a different direction. La Traviata's moving story and music will be brought to life on The Madrid


nytheatre.com q&a preview by Line Tjornhoj

What is your job on this show?

What is your show about?
Oration gives a unique description of the human experience and the love and hate, hope and despair, suffering and joy we see in our lifetimes."

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
Music theater and opera in particular provide a unique opportunity to work with important ekstistentielle themes relevant to people's lives. Especially opera creates a space where we as humans can reflect on our lives - the joys and sorrows that shapes us and provide impetus for change.

Are audiences in New York City different from audiences in other cities/countries where you’ve performed? If so, how?
I love being in New York! It's easy to talk to people and they are curious and open. Art is a natural and active part of people's lives and it's wonderful to meet an incredibly diverse audience.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
I'm pretty sure the audience will talk a long time about Oration. The singers are amazing and the production is beautiful and evocative. In Oration "sound of the human being" is built into the material and the audience will hear great extended voice techniques integrated into Opera. The opera is about the choices we as humans do in our lives and the consequences for life on earth. My hope is that it will inspire thoughtful conversations between people.

Which “S" word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
All people want to be seen for what they are - creating diversity is a keyword particularly in art because here is the opportunity to create visibility in all human facets. It brings peace, love and harmony!

10.26.12A Death in the Family (TV 2012) - IMDb

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A Death in the Family (2012)
TV Movie - Musical
Director: Róbert Alföldi
Writer: William Mayer
Stars: Philippe Brocard, Gabriel Manro and Oliver Holmes | See full cast and crew

10.25.12Best bets in Marin County, Oct. 25 through Nov. 1, 2012

Marin Independent Journal

Family opera

With its clever kids, a wacky witch, a spooky forest, colorful costumes and mysterious lighting, the Golden Gate Opera's annual production of "Hansel and Gretel" has become a Marin Halloween tradition.

10.14.12OperaJournal Opera on Blu-ray, DVD, Live and HD-Live

William Mayer - A Death in the Family

Armel Opera Festival, Sgezed, Hungary 2012 | Róbert Alföldi, Sara Jobin, Philippe Brocard, Adrienn Miksh, Vira Slywotsky, Gabriel Manro, Todd Wilander, Nora Graham-Smith, Sarah Belle Miller, David Neal, Joshua Jeremiah, Brooke Larimer, Ashley Kerr, Judith Skinner, David Gordon, Aaron Theno | Internet streaming - ARTE Live Web, 8 October 2012

Based on a novel by James Agee - the work unpublished at the time of the author’s death - A Death in the Family was created for New York’s Center for Contemporary Opera in 1983, the composer William Mayer, drawing also from Ted Mosel’s play ‘All the Way Home’ in the writing of the libretto. It’s a work that is seeped in the local colour of the deep American south and the period, set in Knoxville Tennessee in 1915, the score and libretto drawing music and imagery from gospel music and the blues to capture the tone of melancholy and sorrow that pervades the opera.

03.11.12"Lincoln and Booth"- A Bold New Opera - Matinee Performance

"Lincoln and Booth" is a Bold New Live Opera, set in the Civil War Era, about the lives and times of President Abraham Lincoln and actor John Wilkes Booth, commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War. Created by John Cepelak, composer, and Christina Rose, librettist, both of Mill Valley, CA. The cast features Gabriel Manro, baritone, as Abraham Lincoln, Matthew O’Neill, tenor, as John Wilkes Booth...

03.08.12San Francisco Chronicle - "Lincoln" Packs a Wallop of History

Seasoned baritone Gabriel Manro who, at 6-foot-5 resembles the towering president, leads the cast as Lincoln. Matthew O'Neill, a tenor who has just finished a gig performing in the "Moby-Dick" opera in San Diego, stars opposite Manro as John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's fate-sealer.

03.01.12Mill Valley composer-librettist couple make history with 'Lincoln and Booth'

"Lincoln and Booth," Marin's first opera premiere, will be performed March 10 and 11 by Golden Gate Opera at Dominican University. It's the first opera the two have written, and it's the first opera ever written about President Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth. And it's being debuted on the 150th year commemoration of the Civil War.

"This is the biggest public performance I've ever received," notes Cepelak, who began writing the music for the opera almost 12 years ago. "Yeah, I'm nervous!"

02.29.12Golden Gate Opera premieres ‘Lincoln and Booth’

The cast features baritone Gabriel Manro as Lincoln, tenor Matthew O’Neill as Booth and soprano Jacqueline Goldgorin as Mary Todd Lincoln.

02.24.12Marin Voice: Lincoln opera offers timely history lesson

THE OPERA, "Lincoln and Booth," debuts in Marin on March 10 and 11 at Dominican University.

There have been only two operas in part based on the life of our 16th president. Ironically, both will have premiered on either side of the Golden Gate: Phillip Glass' "Appomattox" in 2007 and Christina Rose and John Cepelak's work this year

Collaborating with Roberta Becker of Golden Gate Opera, the opus coincides with the sesquicentennial commemorations of the Civil War.

01.20.12Opera Preview Party - "Lincoln and Booth"!

Hear and meet the stars, Gabriel Manro, baritone, as Abraham Lincoln, and Jacqueline Goldgoren, soprano as Mary Todd Lincoln. Also meet the "Lincoln and Booth" creators, John Cepelak, composer, and Christina Rose, librettist.

10.23.11"Manro was still performing in Los Angeles Opera's Il Postino when Forza opened on October 15. Gifted with a striking, sinister baritone that remains strong, even and sonorous throughout the range, he tore into Verdi's music on October 23 with a vengeance. Manro's towering portrayal declared his readiness for major roles in houses far beyond his Southern California base." - Opera News

07.13.11Review: Festival's complicated undertaking of Boris Godunov

"Gabriel Manro demonstrated bass and baritone prowess."

11.01.10"Manro’s every syllable, every expression, every gesture demonstrated his mono-mania in an outstanding way. At times he was truly terrifying." - Splash Magazine

10.23.10"West Bay Opera dared, for the first time in its fifty-five-year history, to undertake one of opera's "big ones" — Verdi's La Forza del Destino. Thanks to the major casting coup of baritone Gabriel Manro as Don Carlo, the results were more than credible." - Opera News

10.22.10"The biggest revelation to me has been Gabriel Manro’s powerful Don Carlo." - Songs and Schemas

10.19.10"Gabriel Manro, a stunning Carlos, registered a standout performance with his beautiful open and free voice. Manro is likely to enjoy a long, full career." - Los Altos Town Crier

10.17.10"If no weapons are involved, next time I am facing a gang in a dark alley, I want Gabriel Manro on my side. The young, lanky baritone would need only sing “Morir! Tremenda cosa!” (Die! Darn it!) and all the bad guys would run away, presto." - San Francisco Classical Voice

10.17.10"Manro is a new kind of baritone: not lyric, not helden, not Kavalier, not Bariton-Martin — none of those. Rather, he’s a knock-down baritone." - San Francisco Classical Voice

10.17.10"His was an exciting debut of intensity and power. In the role of the demented Don Carlo, Manro burns up the stage, making at least this part of Francesco Maria Piave’s preposterous libretto believable." -San Francisco Classical Voice