With over ninety roles to his credit, Roberto Perlas Gómez has performed extensively throughout the United States with a special emphasis on California. He has done multiple leading roles with most of the regional companies in the state. He has done numerous supporting roles with Michigan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Opera, and San Francisco Opera. He has appeared regularly as soloist with the Verdi Chorus.
Mr. Gómez made his international debut as Marcello in La bohème with the Shanghai Opera. In December of 1995, he performed at the Philippine Cultural Center in Manila, to create the title role of Jose Rizal in Rizal: Mga Huling Araw, an opera honoring the final days of the Philippine national hero during the centennial year of his death. Last year, he also performed the role of Elias in the Philippine National Opera Noli me tangere at Kennedy Center in Washington D. C.
Mr. Gómez made his European debut for the Arena di Verona as the Chinese Prime Minister Chou en-lai in the Italian premiere of John Adams’ Nixon in China, a role he reprised with Long Beach Opera to great press.
In the Spring of 2009, he debuted several leading roles with Long Beach Opera, to universally critical praise: the Koenig in Orff’s Die Kluge, as well as the title roles in Viktor Ullmann’s Emperor of Atlantis and Antonio Vivaldi’s Motezuma, the opera’s American premiere. He continues to perform multiple leading roles with Long Beach Opera, the latest being the roles of the Theater Director and the Gendarme in Poulenc’s The Breasts of Tiresias.
With San Diego Opera, Mr. Gómez performed mainstage roles in Rusalka, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Carmen, and Turandot. He was also their Artist-in-Residence for four seasons, performing a series of solo outreach recitals throughout the county.
As an Opera San Jose resident artist, Mr. Gómez performed the roles of Escamillo in Carmen, Giorgio Germont in La traviata, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and created the role of the Drosselmeier in the premiere of The Tale of the Nutcracker. Later that year he performed Germont with the Mendocino Music Festival. He has further performed what has become his signature role of Figaro with Nevada Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, Accorde in Mexico, Sacramento Opera, Opera Idaho, Stockton Opera, and with Opera San Luis Obispo.
Among Mr. Gómez’s many appearances in Southern California are several at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater: the baritone leads of Germanno in La scala di seta, Allazim in Mozart’s Zaide, and Riolobo in a concert version of Florencia en las Amazonas.