Meet the Cast of Silent Night

Meet the Cast of “Silent Night”

Kirk Dougherty Nikolaus Sprink With a sound combining beauty, clarity, and strength, Kirk Dougherty is one of the most exciting voices in opera today. His expressivity and commitment to both musical and dramatic interpretation has earned him continuous appearances as a leading tenor since he began a serious foray into the repertoire just seven years ago. Of his recent performances in Tosca, the San Jose Mercury News exclaimed, “Kirk Dougherty shined…The unique timbre and expression of his handsome voice, coupled with refined, satisfying phrasing, provided noteworthy, heartfelt performances of ‘Recondita armonia’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle,’ two of the treasured arias of the repertoire. This season, Kirk makes his Piedmont Opera debut as Nikolaus Sprink in their production of Kevin Puts’ and Mark Campbell’s, Silent Night. He also debuts at Opera Las Vegas as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto. He returns to Wichita Grand Opera as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and as tenor soloist in their performance of Rossini’s Stabat Mater.  He will also sing the role of Tamino in a concert version of Die Zauberflöte at Glacier Symphony.


Gabriel Preisser Lieutenant Audebert (French)  Mr. Preisser has made a name for himself as a versatile, cross-over performer and has especially been active in new works. He created the role of Lt. Gordon in Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize winning Silent Night at Minnesota Opera with subsequent performances at Opera Philadelphia, Cincinnati Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre. His performance as Lt. Gordon with Minnesota Opera was also broadcast nationally on PBS in 2013 and 2014.  He also took on the role of Farmer Bean in Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr Fox both with Opera San Antonio and Odyssey Opera of Boston.  He can be heard on the first official audio recording of Fantastic Mr Fox under the baton of Gil Rose with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.  He has also been seen as the title role in Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry, Tom Joad in Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath,  Riolobo in Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas, Antonio in Hagen’s New York Stories, John Brooke in Adamo’s Little Women, and the Shoe Salesman/Puppet role in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco.  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.

Gregory GerbrandtLieutenant Gordon (Scottish) AMERICAN BARITONE GREGORY GERBRANDT is a rising star in the worlds of opera and musical theatre, bringing a dynamic blend of vocal ability and stage prowess. Garnering critical acclaim around the world, Gerbrandt is creating a prominent name for himself while receiving follow-up contracts from virtually every company with which he’s worked. He has performed with opera and symphonic organizations on five continents, singing for ambassadors and other officials from around the globe. Prior to earning the degree of Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Gerbrandt obtained a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado, where he was twice awarded the prestigious distinction of Scholar of the Year. He was also given the high school alma mater: induction into the Greeley West Hall of Fame.

Brian Banion’s (Lieutenant Horstmayer) combination of physical and vocal acting combined with his versatile, warm, well-projected bass-baritone voice are demonstrated in a variety of roles including Leporello in Don Giovanni, Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Escamillo and Zuniga in Carmen, Daland in Der fliegende Holländer, the Doctor in Vanessa, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Nourabad in Les Pêcheurs de Perles, and Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette.

Kyle Guglielmo (Ponchel) is a New York City-based lyric baritone emerging as a dynamic performer of opera and musical theater. In 2017 Mr. Guglielmo made his debut with Little Opera Theater of New York in the local premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players and joined the roster of the Princeton Festival to both make his role debut as the Duke (Don Carrasco) and cover Don Quixote in the Festival’s summer production of Man of La Mancha. Mr. Guglielmo begins the 2017–2018 season joining Piedmont Opera as Ponchel in the North Carolina premiere of Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night.


Soprano Jodi Burns (Anna Sørensen) is recognized as an exciting new voice in opera. After viewing her debut as Ann Trulove with The Princeton Festival’s The Rake’s Progress, Anthony Tommasini wrote in The New York Times of her “plush voice and rich expressivity.” And her “soprano soared” as Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore with Piedmont Opera, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Her reflective, deliberate character interpretations and graceful presence lit up the stage during her study as a fellow at UNCSA’s A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute. She holds a Master of Music from UNCSA and B.M.E. from The Ohio State University.