“Gabriela Estephanie Solis, the mezzo-soprano soloist and a San Francisco Bay area native, consistently stole the show with her rich tone and seemingly effortless melismatic lines.”
— San Francisco Classical Voice
“…it was Solis who always seemed to add just the right amount of dramatic seasoning to her delivery of her texts…”
— The Rehearsal Studio
Noted for her “moving expressiveness” (San Francisco Classical Voice), mezzo-soprano GABRIELA ESTEPHANIE SOLÍS enjoys a varied performing career as a concert soloist and ensemble artist.
Her diverse repertoire includes 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’s 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 Rachmaninoff’s All-night Vigil, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Zelenka’s Missa Divi Xaverii, and various masses and cantatas by J.S Bach. Gabriela is equally comfortable on stage, and has performed the roles of Medoro in Handel’s Orlando (Boston Early Music Festival Young Artist Training Program), Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina, and Endimione in Cavalli’s La Calisto at San Francisco State University, under the direction of Christine Brandes.
A committed ensemble musician, she has sung with groups such as Lorelei Ensemble, Seraphic Fire, Border CrosSing, the American Bach Soloists Choir, Cappella SF, Eya Ensemble, JSB Ensemble Stuttgart, the Weimar Bach Cantata Academy, and the choirs of the Washington National Cathedral and National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Gabriela was winner of the 2018 Bethlehem Bach Aria Competition and won second place in the 2021 NATS Mid-Atlantic regionals. She also competed as a finalist in the Audrey Rooney Kentucky Bach 2021 competition and the 2022 Handel Aria Competition in Madison, WI.
Photo by Veronique Kherian.