Bass-baritone Gerard Michael D’Emilio has been hailed for his “commanding presence” and a voice described as “thrilling” and “stentorian.” Mr. D’Emilio’s roles have included King René (Iolanta), Sulpice (La fille du régiment), the Villains (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Kecal (The Bartered Bride), Leporello (Don Giovanni) and Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte). Equally at home in concert repertoire, Mr. D’Emilio has been featured as the bass soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Pilatus in Bach’s Matthäus-Passion and the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah. Mr. D’Emilio received his M.M. from Westminster Choir College in 2014, and graduated from Oberlin College in 2012 with a B.M. in voice performance and a B.A. with highest honors in politics. He is an alumnus of such training programs as the Glimmerglass Festival, Music Academy of the West and CoOPERAtive. For Minnesota Opera, he was Jake Wallace in La fanciulla del West and will be seen again as Moralès in Carmen. He will join Des Moines Metro Opera for its 2015 season, appearing as Jake Wallace and covering Stárek in Jenůfa.