has been called “a new kind of baritone: not lyric, not helden, not Kavalier, not Bariton-Martin — none of those. Rather, he’s a knock-down baritone.” --Janos Gereben, San FranciscoClassical Voice. Indeed, Manro regularly sings dramatic baritone roles – most recently: Don Carlo in La forza del destino with West Bay Opera and Andrei Shchelkalov in the Russian masterpiece Boris Godunov with Utah Festival Opera. Opera News declared West Bay's production a success “thanks to the major casting coup of baritone Gabriel Manro as Don Carlo. Gifted with a striking, sinister baritone that remains strong, even and sonorous throughout the range, he tore into Verdi's music with a vengeance.” --Opera News.
Mr. Manro made his professional operatic debut as Third Inmate in Jake Heggie's ground-breaking opera Dead Man Walking for Opera Pacific with Frederica von Stade. He immediately went on to perform the role of Inquisitor in Opera Pacific's critically-acclaimed Candide. In recent years, Mr. Manro has appeared in numerous world-premiere operas: as The Computer in Los Angeles Opera’s The Fly by Academy Award-winning film composer Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings Trilogy); as The Chauffeur in Opera Santa Barbara’s Séance on a Wet Afternoon by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell); and as Angry Voter in Los Angeles Opera’s Il postino, based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name and released on DVD by Sony Classical. Manro created the role of President Lincoln in Golden Gate Opera's world-premiere Civil War Epic: Lincoln and Booth. Most recently, Mr. Manro was both Joel Lynch and Father Jackson in the European Premiere and Telecast of William Mayer’s: A Death in the Family at the Hungarian National Theater, Szeged which was voted “favorite opera” by Duna, Mezzo, and TBS Network viewers which number in the millions.
Mr. Manro made his European operatic debut as Doctor Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with Corfu Opera in Greece. His engagements have also included the roles of Scarpia (Tosca), Enrico in (Lucia di Lammermoor), Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo (Cosí fan tutte), Belcore (L'elisir d'amore), Marcello (La bohème) and Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring). Equally at home in Musical Theater, he has performed numerous roles including Tony (The Most Happy Fella), Abner (Li'l Abner), Schroeder (You're a Good Man Charlie Brown) and the Governor (Man of La Mancha). Manro has recently returned to the operatic stage after a musical run as Jafar in Walt Disney Company's Aladdin directed by Francesca Zambello.
Upcoming engagements include: the role of Joel Lynch/Father Jackson (A Death in the Family) with Opéra D’Avignon and Scarpia (Tosca) with the American National Opera at Lincoln Center.
Gabriel Manro, baritone