I’ve never been one to follow the traditional path, and my classical singing career is no different.
For many singers, nothing beats performing in operas, but personally, I’ve always loved singing concert works!
There’s truly nothing like singing on a stage with the sound of a full orchestra surrounding me, and being the tenor soloist in Britten’s War Requiem (one of my favorite pieces of all time!), Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Bernstein’s Songfest, and Judas in Judas Maccabaeus, were all incredible experiences.
At over six feet tall, you might expect me to sing all of the romantic leads in the operatic repertoire, but being a performer who enjoys running around the stage and making the audience laugh, I actually LOVE singing and playing character roles!
Don’t get me wrong, singing Tony in West Side Story (a bucket list role!), Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, Tonio in La ﬁlle du régiment, and Princ in Rusalka, were definitely some of the highlights in my classical career.
But, some of the most fun I’ve ever had on stage was singing Mayor Upfold in Albert Herring, Scaramuccio, the Tanzmeister, and Brighella in three different productions of Ariadne auf Naxos, and possibly my favorite role to date – the Witch in Hänsel & Gretel!
I’ve always thought that the bigger the character tenor the funnier it is when he falls, especially when the leading tenor is smaller, and audiences seem to enjoy that, too!
“Gilad Paz’s time on stage as Rosina Tastymouth, the evil witch of our story, is excellent, and we commend him for not shaving his manly beard before going on stage.”
~ Drama Queens Blog
“The reformed leader of the Jets is played here by Gilad Paz, a classically trained tenor with a silken, powerful voice… has no problem whatsoever hitting a high B-flat [in] “Maria”. Surely Paz shines when it comes to classical music.”
~ Tampa Bay Times
“Tom [Rakewell]’s death scene was very effective and seemed genuine, a rare feat on stage. Throughout, Paz was quite the leading man, giving Tom a kaleidoscope of feelings and character quirks throughout each tableau.”
~ Briggler in Tune
“Gilad Paz bravely portrayed his role as The Dance Master after suffering an injury to his ankle moments into the first act and kept the audience in stitches in spite of his trauma.”
~ In My Own Words Blog
“Tenor Gilad Paz made an excellent conciliatory Mayor Upfold.”
~ Voce di meche Blog