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Gail Gilmore

Gail Gilmore was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in New Orleans (Louisiana). She studied music at Xavier University in New Orleans and later at the Indiana University in Bloomington.
She started her career in Germany. Her real breakthrough took place with the role of Kundry in Parsifal, at first under the direction of Ruth Berghaus and afterwards under the direction of Luigi Pizzi with Peter Hofmann as Parsifal. In this production she appeared in the major opera houses all over the world such as Teatro de le Fenice, La Scala, Bolshoi Theatre, Teatro Colon, Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall (concertant) etc.
Thereafter she performed many years in the Arena of Verona as Carmen with Jose Carreras as Don Jose', as Amneris in Aida, Ulrika in Ballo in Mascera and as Azucena in II Trovatore. In the Metropolitan Opera she returned in different productions under James Levine, such as Venus in Tannhäuser and the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos.

Her opera repertoire is extensive with roles as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Eboli in Don Carlo, the title role in Elektra, Leonore in Fidelio, Flora Tosca in Tosca, Abigaille in Nabucco, Ortrud in Lohengrin, the Lady in Erwartung, Judith in Herzog Blaubart, the title role in Fosca (Carlos Gomes) and the title role in Carl Orff's ANTIGONE, etc.

Gail Gilmore's concert repertoire consists of "Mahler 3rd Symphony (performed among other things, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, London, with the Dresdner Pilharmonic Orchestra in Dresden and Berlin under Yuri Termikanov), "Kadish" 3rd Symphony from Leonard Bernstein under Michel Plasson, "La mort de Cléopatre" from Berlioz, The Four Last Songs" from Richard Strauss and many other concert works.