Gordon Gerrard is a respected figure in the new generation of Canadian musicians. Trained first as a pianist and subsequently as a specialist in operatic repertoire, Gordon brings a fresh perspective to the podium. He is active in symphonic, operatic and ballet repertoire throughout Canada and internationally. His passion and his dedication to producing thrilling musical experiences have endeared him to his fellow musicians and the public alike.
After an international search, Gordon was appointed the Music Director of the Regina Symphony Orchestra beginning in the 2016-2017 season. He was the Associate Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, a position which was created for him after two highly successful seasons there as Assistant Conductor. During his tenure there, Gordon led the orchestra in over a hundred performances. For four seasons Gordon held the positions of Resident Conductor and Repetiteur for Calgary Opera. He led many productions while in residence in Calgary, including LA BOHÈME, LAKMÈ, DIE FLEDERMAUS, and the Canadian premiere of Mark Adamo’s LITTLE WOMEN recorded for national broadcast on CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera. He was invited back to help launch Calgary Opera’s summer opera festival Opera in the Village with productions of CANDIDE and THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE. During his tenure at Calgary Opera, Gordon was honoured with the Mayor’s Award for Emerging Artists for his contribution to the musical life of the city of Calgary. In December 2015, Gordon made his debut with The National Ballet of Canada; and in August 2016, Gordon made his European debut conducting TOSCA for Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg in Rheinsberg, Germany. Gordon has also conducted productions for Opera Hamilton to critical acclaim and was Assistant Conductor for several productions at Opera Lyra Ottawa. Gordon is also a regular guest conductor for Opera McGill, where he has led productions of DON GIOVANNI and LE NOZZE DI FIGARO.
A passionate and gifted educator, Gordon has been engaged as a conductor and lecturer by many institutions, including McGill University, the University of Manitoba and Iowa State University. He has served as conductor for Opera Nuova (Edmonton) since 2001 and has been part of the music staffs of the Opera as Theatre Programme at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute (Montreal), Halifax Summer Opera Workshop and the Undergraduate Opera Studio at the Manhattan School of Music. He has been a regular vocal coach for Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program and l’Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier Lyrique.