_____Gregory Sheppard has brought his rich bass sound, his joy of singing, and his spontaneous passion to recital performances, operatic roles, and appearances with symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles in the United States and Europe. His operatic repertoire ranges from Sander in the rare Zemire et Azor and Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro to John Shields in Frederick Douglass. He has appeared in leading roles with Syracuse Opera, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera (Western Opera Tour), Opera Ebony, Dayton Opera, Lake George Opera, Virginia Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Connecticut Opera, Opera Memphis, Chattanooga Opera, Opera Northeast, Buffalo Opera, MET Opera Education, Philadelphia Opera, Pennsylvania Opera Theater, and Orlando Opera. His orchestra appearances include the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Denver Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Sioux City Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony, New Haven Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Little Orchestra Society, and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. In Europe Mr. Sheppard has appeared with Savonlinna Opera (Finland), Vienne Festival (Austria), Munich's Biennale Festival and Orchestra I solisti di Roma (Rome, Florence, Venice).
_____In addition, he has performed with the Bowdoin Music Festival as soloist in Mozart's Requiem Mass; as guest artist at the Arts Festival in Fort-de-France, Martinique; as soloist in the premier and live recording of Perfect Harmony by Finnish composer Heikki Sarmanto at the Savonlinna Festival; as Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors for the Berkshire Winter Festival; and as Herald in Cinderella at the North Shore Music Festival.
_____Mr. Sheppard's innovative collaborations with artists in the cutting edge of their fields (including Tonia Leon, Tan Dunn, Wayne Sanders, Bruce Adolph and Mark Lamos) add new dimensions and exciting challenges to his work. He is the winner of a Metropolitan Opera National Council Award and Study Grant, Friday Music Club's Young Artist Award, Jan Peerce Scholarship, Syracuse Opera Award among numerous others. Mr. Sheppard has recorded Perfect Harmony on Finlandia Records, Done Crossed Every River with Opera Ebony, and Gianni Schicch in a live MET performance for the Metropolitan Opera Education Department.