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 and numerous supporting roles with Michigan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Opera, and San Francisco Opera. He has appeared regularly with the Verdi Chorus.
In December of 1995, Mr. Gómez performed at the Philippine Cultural Center in Manila, creating the title role of José Rizal in Rizal: Mga Huling Araw, an opera honoring the final days of the Philippine national hero during the centennial year of his death. He made his European debut at the Arena di Verona as 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 excellent reviews.
In the Spring of 2009, he debuted several leading roles with Long Beach Opera to 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 its 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.
Mr. Gómez has done a number of Verdi roles, singing the baritone leads of Renato in Un ballo in maschera, the previously mentioned Germont, Count di Luna in Il trovatore, Cavalier Belfior in Il finto Stanislao, and concerts of Verdi’s Requiem with the Juneau Symphony and Rodrigo in Don Carlo. Mr. Gómez has also performed the baritone leads of Figaro, Scarpia in Tosca, the Marquis d’Herigny in Auber’s Manon Lescaut, Mercutio in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Enrico in Lucia, the four villains in The Tales of Hoffmann, Alfio and Tonio in Cavalleria/Pagliacci, and Leporello in Don Giovanni.