“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. Most recently, she won second place in the NATS Mid-Atlantic regionals and was a finalist for the Audrey Rooney Kentucky Bach competition. Upcoming engagements include her debut with Ming Luke and 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 her debut with the Georgetown Chorale in performances of Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasy.
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. Gabriela is based in Philadelphia and studies with Elizabeth Daniels.