A relative latecomer to singing, Gerard Atkinson was 24 when he was approached by a choir in Melbourne in 2007 who were seeking a bass voice. Despite having had musical training in his youth as a clarinettist and percussionist, he had not performed as a vocalist. Much to his surprise he developed quickly as a choral singer, and worked with a number of Melbourne-based amateur and professional sacred music ensembles before moving to Canberra in 2008 to pursue employment. Under the tutelage and guidance of singing teacher David Reedy, Gerard was encouraged to consider solo repertoire, and was introduced to opera.
From 2009-2011 he performed with the award-winning choral ensemble The Resonants, as well as with the Canberra Academy of Music and Related Arts (CAMRA) in performances of Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” and Mozart’s “Bastien and Bastienne”. In 2012 He was a member of the chorus of the Melbourne Opera for their performance of Bizet's "Carmen" at the Canberra Theatre.
Gerard made his debut in a principal role in 2010 in an abridged version of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” directed by David Reedy, performing the roles of both Papageno and Sarastro. In 2011 he performed the role of Belcore in the Canberra Opera Workshop production of Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love". In 2012, he reprised the role of Sarastro for their full production of "The Magic Flute", with the added twist of simultaneously singing the role of Papageno from the side of stage for three performances to cover for an ill colleague. This is believed to be the only historical instance of one performer singing both roles in the same performance.
Gerard Atkinson - Bass