Originally from Winnipeg and a veteran of the University of British Columbia 's opera program, Canadian-American Gerrit Theule's repertoire encompasses more than thirty performed and incredibly diverse roles despite not yet being thirty himself. Acclaimed for his "well rounded notes and his talent for bombast" (Toronto Star), he is one of the country's most promising young bass-baritones.
From the title role in Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle to both Mozart's and Rossini's Dr. Bartolos he is known for his ability to sing a wide variety of repertoire. This season Mr. Theule can be seen making three different company premieres: With Jeunesses Musicales Canada he will be participating in their tour of L'elisir d'amore as Dr. Dulcamara and he will be joining Tapestry New Opera for their workshop of act one of Aaron Gervais and Colleen Murphy's new opera Oksana G. He will also be returning to Opera York in Toronto for their production of La boheme in the role of Colline. Last season saw Mr. Theule perform in two different 21 st c. operas: as The Farmer in the North American debut of Milch-Sherrif's And The Rat Laughed as a part of Holocaust Education Week in Toronto, and as Brentano/Rumplestiltskin in Winnipeg in a production of Dean Burry's The Brothers Grimm. Additionally, his 2009/2010 season included performances as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte and as Don Magnifico in La cenerentola, both with Opera Kitchener. Previous seasons have seen him making multiple trips to the operetta stage with Toronto Operetta Theatre in The Bird Seller as Baron Weps , as Colonel Calverley in Patience , or as Frank in Die Fledermaus. Other notable roles include a "sonourous Dr. Bartolo" (Opera Canada) for Opera York's Il barbiere di Siviglia, and an acclaimed performance as the Commendatore in Opera York's Don Giovanni. He has also been featured in multiple appearances with Opera in Concert including their production of Snegurochka where he made "a stentorian (Grandfather) Frost" (Opera Canada), and in a trio of bass roles as La Cuisiniere/Farfarello/Hérault in their L'amour des trios oranges .
"Bass-baritone Gerrit Theule as Father Anton possesed well rounded notes and a talent for bombast!" -Toronto Star, El Gato Montes, Father Anton
"Bass Gerrit Theule was a sonorous Dr. Bartolo." -Opera Canada, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Dr. Bartolo
"I must especially acknowledge ... the performances of Theule and Tranquada;both gentlemen outdid themselves." - Ontario Arts Review, La Cenerentola, Don Magnifico
"Gerrit Theule did very well with his voice and stature as the jealous guardian Dr. Bartolo" - Echo Germanica, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Dr. Bartolo
"Bass-baritone Gerrit Theule made a stentorian Frost" - Opera Canada, Snegurochka, Grandfather Frost
"Soprano Ani Imastounian as Spring and baritone Gerrit Theule as Grandfather Frost, the snow maiden's parents, were nicely cast." - The Globe and Mail, Snegurochka, Grandfather Frost
"Baritone Gerrit Theule gave an all-around fine performance vocally and was good as the bewigged Baron Wepps." - The Greek Press (Toronto), The Bird Seller, Baron Weps