Countertenor Gerrod Pagenkopf has been praised by the Houston Chronicle as having “an elegant bearing and a sweet, even sound,” and by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as “emit[ting] one gorgeous mellifluousness after another.” Mr. Pagenkopf made his professional operatic debut in 2008 with Amarillo Opera as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. Other opera credits include the title roles in Actéon, Orlando, Rinaldo, Ottone (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Endimione and Satirino (La Calisto), Niso (L’Artemisia) the Sorceress, Second Witch, and Spirit (Dido and Aeneas), Tolomeo (Giulio Cesare), Arsamenes (Serse), Polinesso (Ariodante), Public Opinion (Orpheus in the Undeworld), Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and the Refugee (Flight).
As a concert soloist, Mr. Pagenkopf has performed with ensembles including Ars Lyrica Houston, Mercury Baroque, the Bach Society of Houston, the Houston Chamber Choir, the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Ballet Florida, Sarasota Ballet, Orchestra X (Houston), the Green Bay Symphony, the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee, Masterworks Chorale of Boston, Exsultemus, the Blue Heron Ensemble, Aston Magna Festival, Ensemble Altera, La Donna Musicale, Newton Baroque, as well as the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble. Mr. Pagenkopf has performed as soloist in such masterworks as Handel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt; Bach’s Passions, Magnificat, and Mass in B Minor; Vivaldi’s Gloria and Dixit Dominus; as well as numerous cantatas, oratorios, and other liturgical works of Alessandro Scarlatti, Caldara, and Telemann.
A native of rural Wisconsin, Mr. Pagenkopf received his Bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also received his Masters of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Houston, where he was a graduate fellow with Katherine Ciesinski. Pagenkopf currently resides in Boston and is a student of Dr. Rebecca Folsom.