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
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
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.