Nanette Mcguinness

Nanette Mcguinness

Lyric Soprano

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Die amerikanische Sopranistin Nanette McGuinness ist im Boston, Massachusetts geboren. Sie hat ihre musikalische Ausbildung erst alsOrganistin begonnen, anschließend studierte sie Musik an der Cornell University und schloss mit dem “Bachelor of Arts”. Es folgte ein Aufbaustudium als Opernsolistin an der Holy Names University mit dem Abschluss “Master of Music”. Parallel dazu promovierte sie in Musik an der  University of California, Berkeley. Sie hat Deutsch im Universität und am Goethe Institut studiert. Im Tschechien (Sleské Divadlo Opava) sang sie Mimì; andere Partien, darunter Freia, Gräfin, Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Micaela, Desdemona, Lauretta, Anna (Le Villi), Pamina,“Foreign Woman” (Der Consul), Die Mutter (Amahl and the Night Visitors), und Nella (Gianni Schicchi) sang sie an verschiedenen Opernhäusern in den U.S.A., und auch Musetta im Italien (Stagione dei Concerti di Santa Margherita Ligure).  Im 2003 war sie eine Halbfinalistin an der “International Opera Singers Competition” in New York.  Sie hat Erfahrung auch mit Barock Musik—z.B. als Nino in Semiramide von Cesti unter der musikalischen Leitung von Alan Curtis, in Oratorien von Händel, und Kantaten von Caldara und C.P.E. Bach. Darüber hinaus singt sie gerne Neue Musik, z.B. sang sie “Lady with the Cake Box” in “Postcard from Marocco” von Dominik Argento und die Welt-Premiere von Weinachts Suite von William Ludtke unter der Leitung von JoAnne Falletta mit dem San Jose Symphony. Eine CD mit Musik von Komponistinnen des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts ist bei Centaur Records erschienen, Fabulous Femmes; eine zweite CD mit Musik von Benedetto Vinaccesi ist auch bei Centaur Records erscheinen, Benedetto Vinaccesi: the Solo Cantatas. Im 2016, wird Surviving: Women's Words (Neue Musik) bei Centaur erscheinen. --------- Soprano Nanette McGuinness has performed operas, oratorios, symphonies, and concerts on two continents in ten languages. Described in the press as “a glorious soprano” with “magnetic stage presence” and “a creamy golden tone,” she was a Teaching Artist for the S.F. Opera Guild and Opera San Jose, and has premiered works by numerous Bay Area composers, including the title role (written for her) in the world premiere of William Ludtke's Gaia Sophia.  In 2014, she toured Hungary as part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days with pianist Dale Tsang; the two also performed together in Berlin, Germany in 2012.  She also sang the roles of Mimì at the Silesian State Opera in the Czech Republic and Musetta at the Società  dei Concerti di Santa Margherita Ligure in Italy.  Her highly acclaimed first CD of music by women composers, Fabulous Femmes, featured a number of premiere recordings by American women composers and was described by Chamber Music Magazine as “perfect for song recital lovers.”  Fabulous Femmes was released on Centaur Records and went into its second pressing in 2007.  Benedetto Vinaccesi: the Solo Cantatas, her second CD, was recorded with the Vinaccesi Ensemble and released on Centaur Records in April of 2013.  McGuinness recently recorded a third CD for Centaur, for release in 2016, Surviving: Women's Words. A versatile musician whose repertory ranges from 17th century music to pieces hot off the press, McGuinness made her stage debut  performing the role of Nino in the American premiere of Semiramide by Marc'Antonio Cesti, conducted by Alan Curtis, and her professional debut in opera as Cis in Albert Herring with the Berkeley Opera Company. She has sung with Mission City Opera, Trinity Lyric Opera, West Bay Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera, Opera San Jose (Opera in the Schools),  Pocket Opera, Oakland Opera, Lamplighters, and North Bay Opera, in roles that include Desdemona (Otello​), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Mimi and Musetta (La Boheme), Micaela (Carmen), Countess Almaviva, (Le Nozze di Figaro) Foreign Woman (The Consul), First Lady and Pamina (The Magic Flute), Fiordiligi and Despina (Così fan Tutte), Lauretta and Nella (Gianni Schicchi),  Anna (Le Villi by Puccini), Pertelote (Chanticleer by Seymour Barab), First Nymph (Rusalka), Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), and Lady with the Cake Box (Postcard from Morocco). Solo concert engagements include the world premiere of William Ludtke's Christmas Suite with JoAnn Falletta and the San Jose Symphony, Mahler's Fourth Symphony with Thomas Shoebotham and the Palo Alto Philharmonic, Canteloube's Chants d'Auvergne, also with the Palo Alto Philharmonic, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Mozart's Vesperae Solemnes, and the West Coast premiere of Ned Rorem's Homer with SF City Chorus, Lord Nelson Mass with the Solano Community Symphony and Choral Society, highlights from both Handel's and Purcell's Ode to St. Cecilia with the Contra Costa Chorale, Saint Saens' Christmas Oratorio with the Monterey Peninsula Choral Society, orchestral songs by Duparc, Ravel, and Berlioz with the Oakland Community Chorus, cantatas by Handel, Caldara and Carissimi with The Handel Opera Project, and and Messiah with the Solano Choral Society. An avid proponent of new music, McGuinness has premiered Elena Ruehr's Winter Solstice Songs, Laura Schwendinger's Kay Ryan Songs, David Garner's Chanson fuer Morgen, Mein blaues Klavier, Song Is a Monument, and Phoenix , William Ludtke's  Three Songs for soprano and cello, Four Songs (soprano and guitar), Trees (clarinet, guitar, and soprano) and Li BaiSongs (soprano, flute and string trio), all written for and dedicated to her.   She also covered the soprano soloists of the 1990-1 season of the Berkeley Symphony (conducted by Kent Nagano), the highlight of which was the West Coast premiere of the Suite from Messiaen's St. Francois d'Assise. McGuinness has concertized in the U.S. and Europe.  She is a founding member of the chamber ensemble, the Athena Trio, the Baroque chamber group, the Vinaccesi Ensemble, and the Jewish Music and Poetry Project, an affiliate of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.  McGuinness began her musical education at the organ, adding piano, musicological, and vocal studies while at Cornell University. She received a MM in voice from Holy Names University and a PhD (specializing in musicology) from U.C. Berkeley.  Competitions include a First Prize at the Martinez Opera Competition and the Santa Clara University Art Song Festival Competition, as well as Semi-Finalist in the International Opera Singers Competition. McGuinness maintains a private voice studio in the San Francisco Bay Area.  
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