Jewish Music & Poetry Project

Poets & Musicians

Nanette McGuinness, soprano

Lyric soprano Nanette McGuinness has been hailed in the press for her “creamy golden tone, “glorious soprano,” and “magnetic stage presence.”

With a repertory that ranges from 1600 to music just written yesterday, she has performed in operas and concerts in Europe and North America in the rolesof Mimì, Freia, Desdemona, Countess Almaviva, Micaela, Foreign Woman (Consul), First Lady (Magic Flute), Musetta, Lauretta, and Nella, among others.

Her CD of chamber music by women composers, Fabulous Femmes, includes the premiere recordings of several works and was named “perfect for the song recital lover” by Chambermusic Magazine.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, Rossini Stabat Mater, Mozart Vesperae solenne, Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio and Handel’s Solomon, Samson, and Messiah.

Bay Area audiences have heard her with opera companies that include Mission City, Trinity Lyric, Opera San Jose (Opera-in-the-Schools), West Bay, Verismo, North Bay, Capital Opera Sacramento/ Davis, Berkeley, Livermore Valley, Open, and Pocket Operas.

A 2010 Teaching Artist for the S.F. Opera Guild, McGuinness is a founding member of the Athena Trio and the Vinaccesi Ensemble, a Baroque chamber ensemble which received a grant from the SF Friends of Chamber Music to record the solo cantatas of the Italian early eighteenth century composer Benedetto Vinaccesi in 2011.

McGuinness earned an MM in Vocal Performance from Holy Names, a PhD in Music (specializing in musicology) from U.C. Berkeley, and a B.A. in Music from Cornell University.