Gerald Frantzen, Artistic Director, is one of the founding members of Folks Operetta. He has been the Artistic Director for the past thirteen years and has worked on over 17 translations and productions since Folks Operetta began in 2006. He most recently directed the critically-acclaimed The Csárdás Princess by Emmerich Kálmán. Mr. Frantzen is equally comfortable on stage . He is a frequent soloist with Handel Week, where he most recently performed as the tenor soloist in Bach’s Magnificat. His portrayal of Grimoaldo in Handel’s rarely performed opera Rodelinda, received rave reviews from the Chicago Tribune. Mr. Frantzen has sung with the Chicago Symphony Chorus and the Lyric Opera of Chicago chorus where he made his LOC solo debut as the Peasant in Eugene Onegin in 2008. In 2010 he received rave reviews from the Chicago Tribune for his portrayal of Grimoaldo in Handels rarely heard opera Rodelinda, with Handel Week. He has performed roles in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria (NPR live broadcast) , Acis and Galatea, and Salome with Glimmerglass Opera; Don Pasquale with Natchez Opera; La Rondine with Sarasota Opera, Arabella with Santa Fe Opera and Don Giovanni with Ridge Light Opera. In the operetta world, he has performed roles in Madame Pompadour, The Rose of Stambul, Arizona Lady, Clo Clo, The Girl in the Train, Springtime, Mitislav the Modern, Peter and Paul in the Land of Nod, Thespis, Gypsy Love, Babes in Toyland, Yeomen of the Guard, Duchess of Chicago, Pirates of Penzance, Student Prince, The Merry Widow, and The Gondoliers. He founded Folks Operetta in 2006 with his wife Alison Kelly. Most recently his production of Johnny Johnson by Kurt Weill was noted as the “must see musical of the Summer” by the Chicago Tribune. His international musical theater credits include Bishop (Jekyll & Hyde) in Bremen, Germany, Piangi (The Phantom of the Opera – Hal Prince, Director) in Hamburg, Germany and The Russian (Chess) in Bergen, Norway. Regional credits include Dorsey & the Young Confederate Soldier (Parade-which won 8 Jeff Citations), Sir Harry (Once Upon a Mattress), Tony (West Side Story), Baron (Grand Hotel) and Charlie (Brigadoon). He can also be heard with “The Three Waiters”, which won the award for Best Corporate Event of the Year in 2002, 2005 and 2009 and 2015. Special thanks to the loves of his life Alison and his two children Joseph and Clara. Upcoming engagements: Acis in Acis and Galatea with Handel Week.