Gary Briggle, tenor, is delighted and grateful to make his Opera Carolina debut as Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B. He is highly acclaimed for his witty, stylish portrayals of the Gilbert & Sullivan "patter roles", including Major-General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance, Reginald Bunthorne in Patience, The Duke of Plaza-Toro in The Gondoliers, Jack Point in The Yeomen of the Guard, Lord Tolloller in Iolanthe, Sullivan in An Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan, and Koko in The Mikado (taped for PBS-TV). He has performed many of these roles, thanks to Bill Theisen, with The Skylight Opera Theater in Milwaukee, as well as with Virginia Opera, Opera Omaha, Dayton Opera, Nevada Opera, Anchorage Opera, and Sacramento Opera.
Mr. Briggle began his career as a member of the Minnesota Opera Company, with whom he sang such comprimario classics as The Witch in Hansel & Gretel, Goro in Madama Butterfly, Monastatos in The Magic Flute, Mac the Knife in The Threepenny Opera, and Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro. He has also created principal roles in Libby Larsen's Barnumís Bird, Mrs. Dalloway, Mayer's A Death in the Family and Titus' Rosina.
He has served as Director of Opera at the University of Iowa, guest director at numerous colleges, artistic director (and leading tenor) of Lyric Opera Cleveland, artistic associate with Seaside Music Theater, and resident ensemble member of The Arizona Theatre and The Children's Theater Company of Minneapolis, where he makes his home.
In the Twin Cities he recently worked with Nautilus Music-Theater, Skylark Opera, Frank Theater, Theatrical Music Company and The Ordway Center for Performing Arts, in roles such as The Stage Manager in Rorem's Our Town, Editor Daily in The Cradle Will Rock, The Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods, The Lecturer in Argento's A Waterbird Talk, The Professor in Elvis Costello's The Juliet Letters, and revues of Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Jacques Offenbach and Noel Coward.
Mr. Briggle has been honored with a Carbonell Award from the SFCA, The Norman Samuels Award for Best Actor, and the privilege of directing Sondheim's A Little Night Music at The National theater of Hungary.
Upcoming engagements include his Jungle Theater debut as Polonius in Hamlet, the premiere of Winesburg Ohio in the MN Fringe Festival, joining the faculty of The St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and directing Peter Brook's Carmen for Dayton Opera.
Opera Carolina Performances:
H.M.S. Pinafore (2010–2011)