About

“Gabriela Estephanie Solis, the mezzo-soprano soloist and a San Francisco Bay area native, consistently stole the show…” — San Francisco Classical Voice


Noted for her “rich tone” and “seemingly effortless melismatic lines” (San Francisco Classical Voice), mezzo-soprano GABRIELA ESTEPHANIE SOLÍS enjoys a varied performing career throughout the U.S. 

A committed ensemble musician and concert soloist, she has performed with Seraphic Fire, Border CrosSing, the American Bach Soloists, Cappella SF, Eya, JSB Ensemble Stuttgart, and the Weimar Bach Cantata Academy. Highlights of her repertoire include Bach’s B Minor Mass (American Bach Soloists Festival and Academy), Handel’s Messiah (Seraphic Fire), Copland’s In the Beginning (University of Notre Dame), Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri (Sacred Music at Notre Dame), and Golijov’s La Pasión según San Marcos (Border CrosSing and Minnesota Orchestra). She is also a frequent soloist with the California Bach Society and Chora Nova in the San Francisco Bay Area for works such as Monteverdi’s Vespers, Rachmaninoff’s All-night Vigil, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Zelenka’s Missa Divi Xaverii, and various masses and cantatas by J.S Bach.


“…it was Solis who always seemed to add just the right amount of dramatic seasoning to her delivery of her texts…” — The Rehearsal Studio


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. She won second place in the 2021 NATS Mid-Atlantic regionals and was a finalist for the Audrey Rooney Kentucky Bach competition. Most recently, she performed with the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra as the alto soloist in Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht, singing selections from Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder, as well as with the Georgetown Chorale in performances of Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasy. In August, she will compete as a finalist in the Handel Aria Competition.

On the stage, she participated in the Boston Early Music Festival Young Artist Training Program for performances of Handel’s Orlando (Medoro). Other opera experience includes Handel’s Alcina (Bradamante) and Cavalli’s La Calisto (Endimione) at San Francisco University under the direction of Christine Brandes as well as scenes from Cavalli’s L’Erismena (Orineo) at the Amherst Early Music Festival. 


“Solo passages were sung…with moving expressiveness (and sensitive Russian diction) by mezzo-soprano Gabriela Estephanie Solis.” — San Francisco Classical Voice


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. As a graduate of the Sacred Music Program at the University of Notre Dame, she co-wrote winning concert grants and received the program’s vocal performance award. 

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Recordings

Esurientes implevit bonis, from Bach’s Magnificat

Calendar

UPCOMING

9th Annual Handel Aria Competition
May 19th, 2022
Madison, Wisconsin
Finalist

Seraphic Fire
Handel’s Messiah
April 28-May 1st, 2022
Miami, Florida
Soloist and Chorister

Georgetown Chorale
Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasy
May 14th, 2022
Washington, D.C.
Soloist

Border CrosSing
Un Milagro de Fe Album Release Concert
May 22nd, 2022
Minneapolis, MN

Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra 
Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht and Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder (selections)
June 19th, 2022
Berkeley, CA
Soloist

2021

Border CrosSing El Mesías (Handel’s Messiah) and Ariel Ramírez’s Navidad Nuestra
 Minneapolis, MN | Soloist [Cancelled due to COVID-19]

Chora Nova | Vivaldi Gloria, RV 589 and Dixit Dominus, RV 807
11/20/2021 | Berkeley, CA | Soloist

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 
Virtual Cantata | 5/22/21 | Soloist

Border CrosSing | Virtual Choir Cantata
From We Are of a Tribe, by Nico Gutierrez | 4/26/2021

Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition | Finalist 
Kentucky Bach Choir| 4/24/2021

University of Oregon | Musicking Intermezzo Lecture-Concert
“Women Singing in Colonial Mexico,” by Bethany Battafarano | 4/12/2021

NATS Mid-Atlantic Region | 2nd place 
13B Upper Advanced Classical Treble Voice| 3/12/2021

Border CrosSing | Virtual Choir Cantata
From To Know the Path, by Linda Kachelmeier | 3/19/2021

Border CrosSing and the Minnesota Chorale
From El Mesías, “Porque nos ha nacido un niño/For unto us a child is born” | 12/11/2021

2020

California Bach Society | BWV 77, Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren, lieben
Virtual Cantata Workshop | 7/18/2020 | Soloist

JSB Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart| Bach’s B Minor Mass and Köthener Trauermusik
3/7 – 3/21/2020 | Stuttgart, Germany

Opera Lafayette | Beethoven’s Leonore
2/26 – 3/4/2020 | Washington, D.C/New York, NY

Cappella SF | Northern Voices: Musical gems from Nordic countries
2/15 – 2/16/2020 | San Francisco, CA

Border CrosSing | La Colonia: Early Music from Latin America
2/1 – 2/2/2020 | 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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