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Nanette McGuinness

Lyric soprano Nanette McGuinness has performed in over 25 roles in operas, concerts, and oratorios in twelve languages and on two continents, Hailed in the press for her “creamy golden tone, “glorious soprano,” and “magnetic stage presence, McGuinness performs a repertory that ranges from 1600 to music just written yesterday, in Europe and North America in the roles of Mimì, Freia, Desdemona, Countess Almaviva, Micaela, Foreign Woman (Consul), First Lady (Magic Flute), Musetta, Lauretta, and Nella, among others. SF Bay Area audiences have heard her with opera companies that include Mission City, Trinity Lyric, Opera San Jose (Opera-in-the-Schools), West Bay, Verismo, North Bay, Capital Opera Sacramento/ Davis, Berkeley, Livermore Valley, Open, and Pocket Operas

Her CD of chamber music by women composers, Fabulous Femmes, includes the premiere recordings of several works and was named “perfect for the song recital lover” by Chamber Music Magazine. Solo concert engagements include the world premiere of William Ludtke’s Christmas Suite with Joann Falletta and the San Jose Symphony, Mahler's Fourth Symphony with the Palo Alto Philharmonic, Duparc Mélodies, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Vesperae solenne, Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Vivaldi Gloria, Fauré Requiem, Handel’s Solomon, Samson, and Messiah, highlights from Ravel’s Shéhérézade, Berlioz’ Les nuits d’été, and Purcell’s Ode to St. Cecilia, and cantatas by Caldara, C.P.E. Bach, and Handel. A 2010 Teaching Artist for the S.F. Opera Guild, McGuinness is a founding member of the Athena Trio and the Vinaccesi Ensemble, a Baroque chamber ensemble which recorded the solo cantatas of early eighteenth century Italian composer Benedetto Vinaccesi in 2013 on Centaur Records, funded by a grant from SFFCM's MGP program. McGuinness earned an MM in Vocal Performance from Holy Names, a PhD in Music (specializing in musicology) from U.C. Berkeley, and a B.A. in Music from Cornell University.

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