OPERA ORLANDO STAFF
Gabriel Preisser, Executive and Artistic Director
As Executive and Artistic Director of Opera Orlando, Gabriel Preisser uses his performance experience of over fifty operatic and music theater roles to serve the company in areas of growth and development, artistic vision and planning, and administration. Born and raised in Apopka, just outside of Orlando, Preisser has deep ties to the Central Florida area. He graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a major in vocal performance and a minor in business and completed a master’s degree in voice at the University of Houston.
Critically acclaimed by The New York Times and Opera News, Preisser has performed leading-man roles for various companies throughout the U.S., including the Minnesota Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Opera Tampa, among others. Most notably, he created the role of Lt. Gordon in Kevin Puts’s Pulitzer Prize-winning "Silent Night" at Minnesota Opera, with subsequent performances at Opera Philadelphia and Cincinnati Opera and on national PBS broadcasts.
On the concert stage he has garnered a reputation for his dynamic interpretations of Orff’s "Carmina Burana" and Walton’s "Belshazzar’s Feast" with the Canterbury Chorale, Atlanta Ballet, Orlando Ballet, and Jacksonville Symphony. In addition, he is a frequent recitalist throughout the U.S. and a proponent of American composers such as Charles Ives, Carlisle Floyd, Aaron Copland, and John Duke.
Outside of his performing career, Preisser co-founded Angels & Demons Entertainment, an opera/music theater production company focusing on semi-staged and site-specific opera and music theater presentations. He currently lives in Winter Garden with his wife, son, and daughter.
Robin Jensen, Music and Education Director
Robin Jensen holds a master's degree in piano performance from Drake University, with additional opera and piano collaboration studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She is the UCF opera program artistic director and coaches in the Rollins College Opera Workshop program. Jensen has been music director for MadCow Theater since 2004 and is in her 10th season as artistic director for Camp Madhatter, a summer intensive music theater camp in Minnesota. She also served as the first director of education and music administration with the former Orlando Opera Company, serving as the company’s assistant conductor. Jensen was also the founder of the Children’s Opera Company programs from 1989 to 1997.
More information on our Youth Company staff HERE.
MEET THE TEAM
Gabriel Preisser, Executive & Artistic Director
Beatriz Ramirez, Managing Director
Robin Jensen, Music & Education Director
Sarah Purser, Studio Artist Coordinator
Grant Preisser, Creative Director
Michelle Engleman, Production Manager
Dani Janesick, Artistic Administrator Assistant
Hope Griffin, Office Assistant
Caroline Cox, Social Media Manager
Lydia Jorge, Ad Sales Representative
Carol Stuckey, Accountant
Susan Speicher, Editor-at-Large
David Brancato, Production Videographer
Robin Jensen, Director
Amado Bobadilla, Vocal Improvisation/Composer
Timothy Williams, Acting Coach