About

Noted for her “rich tone” and “seemingly effortless melismatic lines” (San Francisco Classical Voice), mezzo-soprano GABRIELA ESTEPHANIE SOLIS enjoys a varied performing career on both the East and West Coasts. On the stage, she was most recently seen as a member of the Boston Early Music Festival Young Artist Training Program in performances of Handel’s Orlando (role of Medoro). Other opera experience includes Handel’s Alcina (Bradamante), Cavalli’s La Calisto (Endimione), and scenes from Cavalli’s L’Erismena (Orineo) at the Amherst Early Music Festival. 

As a passionate concert soloist, her repertoire includes Bach’s B Minor Mass (American Bach Soloists Festival and  Academy), Handel’s Messiah (Eureka Symphony), Copland’s In the Beginning (University of Notre Dame), Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri (Sacred Music at Notre Dame), Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and Vivaldi’s Gloria (First Church Berkeley). She is also a regular soloist with the California Bach Society for works such as Monteverdi’s Vespers, Rachmaninoff’s All-night Vigil, and many various masses and cantatas by J.S Bach. 

A committed ensemble musician, she has performed with the American Bach Soloists, Eya Ensemble, JSB Ensemble Stuttgart, the Weimar Bach Cantata Academy, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Chamber Choir, the Westminster Choir College Choral Festival, and the Georgetown Epiphany Festival. This summer, she was a choir member and soloist in performances of Golijov’s La Pasión según San Marcos with Border CrosSings and the Minnesota Orchestra. Past accomplishments include winning the Bethlehem Bach Aria Competition and receiving first place in various divisions at NATS Indiana and San Francisco Bay Area chapter competitions. 

Gabriela received her B.A. Music and English from Santa Clara University, magna cum laude, and was the recipient of the university’s Arrigo and Catherine Descalzi Prize for artistic growth and dedication. Additionally, she holds an M.A. in English Composition from San Francisco State University. She is a graduate of the Sacred Music Program at the University of Notre Dame, where she co-wrote winning grants for the Institute of Liberal Arts and received the program’s vocal performance award. She is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, and in her free time she enjoys connecting to her Panamanian and Mexican-American heritage through Latin social dancing. Gabriela is based in Philadelphia and studies with soprano Elizabeth Daniels.

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Calendar

2021

Border CrosSing 
Recording Project
August 7-21st, 2021

California Bach Society
BWV 6, Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden
Virtual Cantata Workshop
June 5th, 2021
Soloist

Chora Nova 
Bach’s Magnificat 
May 22nd, 2021
Soloist

Border CrosSing
Virtual Choir Cantata
From We Are of a Tribe, by Nico Gutierrez
April 26th, 2021

Kentucky Bach Choir
Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition
April 24th, 2021
Finalist 

University of Oregon
Musicking Intermezzo Lecture-Concert
“Women Singing in Colonial Mexico,” by Bethany Battafarano
April 12th, 2021

NATS Mid-Atlantic Region
13B Upper Advanced Classical Treble Voice
March 12th, 2021
2nd place

Border CrosSing
Virtual Choir Cantata
From To Know the Path, by Linda Kachelmeier
March 19th, 2021

Border CrosSing and the Minnesota Chorale
From El Mesías, “Porque nos ha nacido un niño/For unto us a child is born”
December 11th, 2021

Border CrosSing 
Heritage Choir Episode #7
November 20th, 2021

2020

California Bach Society
BWV 77, Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren, lieben
Virtual Cantata Workshop
July 18th, 2020
Soloist

JSB Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart
Bach’s B Minor Mass and Köthener Trauermusik
March 7th-21st, 2020
Stuttgart, Germany

Opera Lafayette
Beethoven’s Leonore
February 26th/March 2nd/March 4th, 2020
Washington, D.C/New York, NY

Cappella SF
Northern Voices: Musical gems from Nordic countries
February 15th & 16th, 2020
San Francisco, CA

Border CrosSing
La Colonia: Early Music from Latin America
February 1st and 2nd, 2020
Minneapolis, MN
Soloist

2019

Border CrosSing: El Mesías (Handel’s Messiah)
12/13 – 12/14/2019 | Minneapolis, MN | Soloist

The Bridge Ensemble: Advent Music by Candlelight
12/1 – 12/2/2019 | Baltimore, MD & Washington, D.C.

Basilica of the National Shrine: La Rocca’s Mass of the Americas
11/16/2019 | Washington, D.C.

Washington National Cathedral Veterans Day Concert
11/10/2019 | Washington, D.C.

The Benedict Sixteen and Richard Sparks: Lobo’s Missa pro defunctis 
11/2/2019 | San Francisco, CA | Soloist

Chor Symphonica: BWV 227, Jesu, Meine Freude
10/20/2019 | Wheaton, MD

Eya Ensemble for Medieval Music: Nocturn(e) for Peace / Stella Serena
10/9 & 10/13/2019 | Washington, D.C.

California Bach Society: Bach’s Magnificat and Zelenka’s Missa Divi Xaverii
10/4 – 10/6/2019 | SF Bay Area, CA | Soloist

Border CrosSing + Minnesota Chorale: Osvaldo Golijov, La Pasión según San Marcos
8/2 – 8/3/2019 | Minneapolis, MN | Soloist

BEMF Young Artist Training Program: Steffani’s Orlando and Handel’s Orlando
5/21 – 6/16/2019 | Boston, MA

California Bach Society: Bertali’s Missa Redemptoris (U.S. Premiere)
4/24 – 4/28/2019 | SF Bay Area, CA | Soloist

JSB Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart
3/7 – 3/21/2019 | Stuttgart, Germany

California Bach Society: Rachmaninoff, All-night Vigil
3/1 – 3/3/2019 | SF Bay Area, CA | Soloist

Eya Ensemble: The Juggler of Our Lady
2/22/2019 | Washington, D.C.

Brahms, Bridge, and Loeffler: Songs for Viola and Mezzo-Soprano
2/22/2019 | College Park, MD

Brahms, Liebeslieder-Walzer and Schmitt, Chansons à Quatre Voix
1/11/2019 | Washington, D.C.

2018

Eureka Symphony: Messiah
11/30 -12/1/2018 | Eureka, CA | Soloist

California Bach Society: BWV 198 and Missa Brevis in A
10/19 – 21/2018 | SF Bay Area |Soloist

Bach Choir of Bethlehem: BWV 29
9/11/2018 | Bethlehem, PA | Soloist

Weimar Bach Cantata Academy
7/29/2018 – 8/11/2018 | Weimar, Germany

Bethlehem Bach Vocal Competition
5/20/2018 | Bethlehem, PA | Winner

Copland, In the Beginning
4/27/2018 | University of Notre Dame | Soloist

Bernstein, Chichester Psalms
4/22/2018 | University of Notre Dame | Soloist

Bach, BWV 42: Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats
4/8/2018 | University of Notre Dame | Soloist

Bach, BWV 106: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Actus Tragicus)
3/18/2018 | Chicago, IL | Soloist

Notker Balbulus, selections from Liber ymnorum
3/6/2018 | University of Notre Dame | Soloist

Vivaldi, RV 608: Nisi Dominus
2/23/2018 | University of Notre Dame | Graduate Recital

Mozart, Mass in C Minor
2/4/2018 | University of Notre Dame | Soloist

Buxtehude, Membra Jesu Nostri
1/21/2018 | University of Notre Dame | Soloist

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