Gabriel Preisser, Executive & Artistic Director
As Executive & Artistic Director of Opera Orlando, Gabriel Preisser takes his performance experience of over 40 operatic and music theatre roles to serve the company in areas of growth and development, artistic vision and planning, and administration. Born and raised in Apopka, FL just outside of Orlando, Mr. 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, Mr. Preisser has performed leading-man roles for various companies throughout the US including the Minnesota Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Opera San Antonio, and others. Most notably, he created the role of Lt. Gordon in Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize winning Silent Night at Minnesota Opera with subsequent performances at Opera Philadelphia and Cincinnati Opera and subsequent national broadcasts on PBS.
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 such organizations as the Canterbury Chorale, Atlanta Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Jacksonville Symphony, and others. In addition, he is a frequent recitalist throughout the US and a proponent of American composers such as Charles Ives, Carlisle Floyd, Aaron Copland, John Duke, and others.
Outside of his performing career, Mr. 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, FL with his wife and son.
Robin Jensen, Music & Education Director
Robin Jensen holds a Masters in Music in Piano Performance from Drake University with additional opera and piano collaboration studies from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She is the UCF Opera Program Artistic Director and coaches in the Rollins College Opera Workshop Program. Robin 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. Robin also served as the first Director of Education and Music Administration with the former Orlando Opera Company where she served as the company’s Assistant Conductor. She was also the founder of the Children’s Opera Company programs from 1989-97.
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Eric Pinder, Director in Residence
An accomplished actor, writer and director, Eric Pinder has been part of the Orlando arts scene for 23 years. As a theme park performer, he has worked in all four Disney parks (including the legendary "Adventures' Club" on Pleasure Island where he played three different roles) as well as several stages at Universal. Originally from Michigan, Eric holds a BFA in Musical Theatre where he portrayed roles as diverse as Richard in "Ah, Wilderness", Marcellus in "Music Man", and the Police Sargeant in "Pirates of Penzance" to name just a few. He has an MFA In Theatre Performance from the University of Florida where a sampling of his parts there include the Major General in "Pirates of Penzance", "Chairman/Sapsea in "Mystery of Edwin Drood" and Lexy Mills in "Candida".
A professional Equity performer, Eric has been onstage at Mad Cow Theatre (Lockstock in "Urinetown", "Shipwrecked!", "The Explorers Club") Orlando Shakes ("The Luckiest People in the World", "The Exit Interview") and SAK Comedy Lab (Christmas Carol Invasion). He is best known for being a fixture of the International Orlando Fringe Theatre Festival having appeared in 19 out of 25 years. Besides appearing in works by others, he also penned his own one man shows, "Waiting For Napoleon" and "My Mislabeled Youth" as well as the critically acclaimed hits "Driving Miss Cherry Blossom" and "Skip Peril" both of which were named "Best Bets" by the Orlando Sentinel.
He was a supernumerary for Orlando Opera's production of "Salome" and has performed Antonio in two different productions of "Barber of Seville". Taking over as Director in Residence for Florida Opera Theatre, he directed "Gianni Schicci", "The Telephone", "Old Maid and the Thief", "Trouble in Tahiti", "Peter Brooks' Carmen", as well as several concerts and events. For Orlando Light Opera he directed "The Student Prince". He was proud to be the director for the inaugural production of Opera Orlando, the double bill of Mozart's "Impresario" (for which healso wrote a new script) and Poulenc's "Mamelles de Teresias". Next up, he is directing "The Seven Year Itch" at Valencia College. He is at work on two different opera librettos, one of which is for a hockey opera called "Goaliedammerung".
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