Tenor Brian Thorsett has been seen and heard in over 100 diverse operatic roles. 2012-2013 season highlights include the title characters in Rameau’s Pygmalion and Handel’s Samson, Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Jupiter in Semele and creating roles in new works by Allan Shearer, Gordon Getty and Laurence Rosenthal.
As a concert singe,r Thorsett fosters a stylistically diversified repertoire of over 200 works, which has taken him to concert halls across the US and Europe and collaborations with acclaimed conductors such as Nicolas McGegan, Masaki Suzuki, Antony Walker, Jeffrey Thomas, Michael Morgan and Konrad Junghanel.
Upcoming highlights include perennial favorites such as Carmina Burana, Messiah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Bach’s Magnificat, Mass in B minor and St. Matthew Passion as Evangelist; other works include Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, Haydn’s Creation and Seasons, Britten’s Serenade, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, several Chandos Anthems and aria concerts of Handel, CPE Bach’s Magnificat and the Requiems of Schutz, Verdi, Mozart and Bob Chilcott.
An avid recitalist, Thorsett will perform concerts with string quartet including Reimann’s Oder soll es Tod bedeuten, Schubert’s Winterreise and Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Ete arranged for wind quintet, programs with French horn and clarinet and Schubert’s Die Schone Mullerin for guitar. Other projects include recitals featuring debuts of works written for him by David Conte, Noah Luna, Michael Bosc and Nicolas Carlozzi, in addition to US premieres of works by Ian Venables.
Thorsett is a graduate of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, Glimmerglass Opera’s Young American Artist program, American Bach Soloists Academy, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme at Aldeburgh, England, and Music Academy of the West.