Brian Thorsett

Since taking to the operatic stage in 2001, tenor Brian Thorsett has been seen and heard in over 90 diverse operatic roles, ranging from Monteverdi to Britten, back to Rameau and ahead again to works composed especially for his talents. During the 2013–14 season, he returns to the roles Jupiter and Apollo in Semele and Arnalta in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Peter Quint in Turn of the Screw, adds the title roles in Rameau’s Pigmalion and both Handel’s Samson and Acis and Galatea, as well as creates Will in Allen Shearer’s Middlemarch, Helios and Daedalus in Rosenthal’s Minotaur and Chesire in Getty’s Canterville Ghost.

As a concert singer Brian fosters a stylistically diversified repertoire of over 200 works, which has taken him to concert halls across the US and Europe. Future engagements include Evangelist and soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Nelsonmesse and Seasons, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mass in C, and the Coronation Mass and Requiem of Mozart.

An avid recitalist, Brian will be featured in recitals in San Francisco, Stanford, Berkeley, Santa Clara, San Jose, and Weed, CA and Ashland, OR, presenting various vocal-chamber combinations along with premieres of Ian Venables, David Conte, Shinji Eshima, Michel Bosc, Noah Luna, Laurence Lowe, Brian Holmes and Nicholas Carlozzi. He is a graduate of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, Glimmerglass Opera’s Young American Artist program, American Bach Soloists’ Academy, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme at Aldeburgh, England and spent two summers at the Music Academy of the West.

Brian is currently on faculty at Santa Clara University, where he directs and conducts Opera Workshop, teaches Beginning Voice and maintains a private studio.

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