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.