Pacific Opera Victoria
Dr. Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro
April / May, 2014
In 2014, Thomas Goerz performs Dr. Bartolo in Pacific Opera Victoria's production of The Marriage of Figaro – a role he has previously performed with Vancouver and Calgary Opera. His previous POV appearances include Belcore in The Elixir of Love, the Hermit / Samuel in the Canadian première of Der Freischütz, Sulpice in The Daughter of the Regiment, Mustafa in The Italian Girl in Algiers, Nosnibor / Hanky in the world première of Erewhon, Baptista in the Canadian première of Giannini's The Taming of the Shrew, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Stephano in the Canadian première of Hoiby's The Tempest, and Zuniga in Carmen,
Dramatic integrity and vocal clarity are the enduring artistic hallmarks of performances by Mr. Goerz. His impressive variety of roles ranges from Leporello in Don Giovanni with Opera Ontario to Owen Hart in the Canadian première of Dead Man Walking with Calgary Opera.
He was heard at the Elora Festival (2013) in the title role of The Mikado before joining Calgary Opera as the Sergeant in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. Vancouver opera patrons heard him as the Sacristan in Tosca and he was Zuniga in Carmen for Opera Hamilton.
In the summer of 2012, he made his Central City Opera debut as Benoit/Alcindoro in La Bohème and Andrew Carnes in Oklahoma, returning to Vancouver Opera to play Benoit/Alcindoro. Also on his schedule was a reprise of his role in Dead Man Walking, this time for Opéra de Montréal along with an appearance with Les Violons du Roy.
A busy 2011/12 season began in New York at the Metropolitan Opera with two cover roles: Sulpice in La fille du régiment, and Lord Krishna in Philip Glass's Satyagraha. He then appeared with Edmonton Opera as Pooh Bah in The Mikado, followed by Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Vancouver Opera, then Rocco in Fidelio, again with Edmonton Opera.
Mr. Goerz' 2010/11 season opened with three pivotal roles in the world première of Lillian Alling with Vancouver Opera, followed by Don Alfonso (cover) in Così fan tutte at the Metropolitan Opera and Publio in La clemenza di Tito with Vancouver Opera.. The 2009/10 season included Der Sprecher in Opera Lyra Ottawa's Die Zauberflöte, Bartolo with Vancouver Opera, cover of Suplice at the Met, and Handel's Israel in Egypt for the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
Other engagements include Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette with Opera Hamilton; Don Estoban in Zemlinski’s rarely heard Der Zwerg with the American Symphony Orchestra under Leon Botstein at the Bard Festival in New York; Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Benoit/Alcindoro, and Nikitich in Boris Godunov for the Canadian Opera Company, a debut at the Wexford Festival as Tovey in The Mines of Sulphur; Sulpice and Don Alfonso with Vancouver Opera, and Tod in Der Kaiser von Atlantis with both the Canadian Opera Company, and Edmonton Opera.
Performances in the United States include Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Masetto in Don Giovanni, both with Cincinnati Opera, Pooh Bah with Arizona Opera, the title role in The Mikado with Virginia Opera, Robin Oakapple in Ruddigore with Washington Opera, and Benoit/Alcindoro with Glimmerglass Opera.
An accomplished oratorio singer, Thomas has been featured with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, the Mozart Requiem, and Mendelssohn's St. Paul. He has sung Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Taipei Symphony and with the Arcadia Chamber Orchestra at Izumi Hall in Osaka Japan. His repertoire includes Handel's Messiah, Bach's Mass in b minor, Johannes-Passion, Weihnachtsoratorium, and Magnificat, with groups such as the Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Québec Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Vancouver Bach Choir, and the Grand Philharmonic Choir. Mr. Goerz has also performed with the Japan Philharmonic at the Takefu International Music Festival under Chosei Komatsu. He made his debut with the Costa Rica Symphony singing the Mozart Requiem and can be heard on Naxos' recording of Bach Cantatas for Advent.
Several key roles at the Banff Summer Festival have marked Mr. Goerz’s continuing success and growth as a complete artist, starting with his personal favourite – Bottom in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by the late Colin Graham, along with George III in Eight Songs for a Mad King by Maxwell Davies and Ari Onassis in the Canadian première of Jackie O, directed by Nicholas Muni.
Mr. Goerz’s range is further demonstrated in an extensive repertoire of operetta and musical theatre. With Vancouver Opera he has performed Mr. Peachum in Weill’s The Threepenny Opera, directed by Morris Panych. His Gilbert & Sullivan roles now number 17, including Dick Deadeye in H.M.S. Pinafore at the Stratford Festival. He is well remembered as the villainous Inspector Javert in the original Canadian cast of Les Misérables at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre. He fought many windmills as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha with Theatre Aquarius, and toured to Singapore and Hong Kong as M. Firmin in The Phantom of the Opera.
In terms of creating a character, bass-baritone Thomas Goerz nearly steals the show with an empathetic and humorous portrayal of Papageno. Goerz is saddled with the majority of the libretto’s comedy but he carries it off skillfully. He blends slapstick physical humor with striking vocal clarity and makes it look easy.
Thomas Goerz ... an absolutely wonderful Rossini bass voice. His phrasing was fantastic and he just rolled up and down the scale with a secure coloratura. This is a Don Pasquale, this is a Dr. Bartolo. It's all there and he has a secure coloratura ... he was absolutely sparkling, plus it's an exciting voice and a big voice.
Paula Citron, Classical 96 FM