The Mexican baritone has sung over 50 different operatic parts in more than 70 productions in opera houses in Europe. He made a name for himself with the most important rolls of the lyric baritone Fach covering most Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti roles, as well as many French ones.
During the course of almost 20 years on stage, Gerardo has moved into a more dramatic repertoire with Kavalier and Heldenbaritone roles like Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier, Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Posa in Don Carlo, Giorgio Germont in La traviata, Conte di Luna in Il trovatore, Doge in I due Foscari and Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen.
In 2005, he made his debut at Ópera de Bellas Artes in Mexico City as Mercutio in Gounods Roméo et Juliette alongside Rolando Villazón and Anna Netrebko. In 2009 he starred as Schaunard in La Bohème im Hochhaus, a coproduction of ARTE TV and Swiss Television SF1 (available on DVD). In 2019 he sang the solos in Carmina Burana at Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City for an audience of 20,000 people.
Gerardo Garciacano has been a member of the ensembles at Theater Biel Solothurn, Theater Bern, Theater Dortmund and at Oper Köln. He has also had an extensive guesting career at Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen, Staatstheater Nürnberg, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Staatstheater Darmstadt, and Theater Aachen in Germany as well as at the Salzburger Landestheater and Landestheater Linz in Austria and Theater Basel in Switzerland. In France, he has sung at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, at Opéra National de Montpellier and at Opéra Grand Avignon. He has worked with conductors like Hans Drewanz, Giacomo Sagripanti and Kent Nagano and with stage directors such as Mariame Clément, Jens-Daniel Herzog, Brigitte Fassbänder, and David Pountney among others.
Gerardo Garciacano won 3rd Prize at the Seoul International Music Competition (Seoul, 2007), Best Baritone Prize at the Concurso Nacional de Canto Carlo Morelli (Mexico City, 2005), 1st Prize at Schlossoper Haldenstein (Chur, 2005) and 2nd Prize at DEBUT-Klassik-Gesangswettbewerb (Bad Mergentheim, 2002). He was also a finalist at the 1er Concours International d’Art Lyrique presided over by Barbara Hendricks in Strasbourg (2007).
Gerardo is a passionate Lied performer. He has sung Dichterliebe and Hugo Wolf songs at CENART in Mexico City, Bethoveen’s An die ferne Geliebte at Konzerthaus Dortmund and with Neue Meister der Liedkunst in Stuttgart, as well as Schumann’s Liederkreis Op. 39 as well as Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Rückertlieder at Konzerttheater Bern. In 2015, he interpreted Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin at Theater Dortmund. Melodías de (in)dependencia, a successful concert program of Argentinean and Mexican 20th-century art song was recorded on CD (available at Spotify) by Telos Music in 2012.
In the oratorio repertoire Gerardo has done Fauré’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Purcell’s King Arthur and Ode to St. Cecilia’s Day, Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Händel’s Messiah, Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht, at Konzerthaus Dortmund among others.
Gerardo Garciacano studied at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he received a Master degree in Vocal Performance under Giorgio Tozzi, and at the opera studio of the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg.