Meet Our Lesley Resident Artists
Gabrielle Gilliam, a native of Houston, TX, joins the inaugural class of Studio Artists at The Dallas Opera. This season, Ms. Gilliam will sing A Heavenly Voice in Don Carlo, cover the roles of Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Sandrine/Mercedes in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and perform in concert for the Hart Institute for Women Conductors. Gabrielle also makes her debut this season with Tulsa Opera as Amore in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. Praised for her “substantial and sweet timbre and bel canto flexibility”(Texas Classical), Gabrielle has been seen in previous seasons with TDO’s Outreach & Education program, portraying the roles of Bastienne in Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne and Dorabella in John Davies’ The Bremen Town Musicians. Ms. Gilliam is a graduate of University of North Texas and has performed with Fort Worth Opera, Opera North, and American Baroque Opera Co.
Darius Thomas continues to make his presence known in the world of opera with his clear and rich voice. In the 2020-2021 season, Thomas will perform throughout DFW as a Fort Worth Opera Lesley Resident Artist, and be featured online through the company’s digital platform FWO Green Room, where he will perform the role of Stan in the world premiere film of Joe Illick and Mark Campbell’s Stone Soup. Last season, he made a partial role debut as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet in Knoxville Opera’s touring production, and was previously the tenor in residence for the Mary Ragland Emerging Artists program with Nashville Opera. There he performed the roles Dauber in The Cradle Will Rock, and Nathanael/Cochenille in The Tales of Hoffmann. Mr. Thomas pursued graduate studies at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where he studied with American Tenor Andrew Skoog and served as a graduate teaching assistant. Mr. Thomas holds a Bachelors of Music Degree in Voice Performance from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. When he is not on the stage, Thomas can usually be found with his family in his hometown of Sherman, Texas.