Brian Thorsett


Since taking to the operatic stage in 2001, tenor Brian Thorsett has been seen and heard in over 100 diverse operatic roles, ranging from Monteverdi to Britten, back to Rameau and ahead again to works composed specifically for his talents. During the 2013-14 season, Brian returns to Acis in Acis and Galatea, and adds the roles of Arnalta in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Peter Quint in Turn of the Screw as well as the title character in Handel’s Samson

As a concert singer Brian fosters a stylistically diversified repertoire of over 200 works, which has taken him to concert halls across the US and Europe. Future highlights include Evangelist and soloist in both Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Britten’s War Requiem and St. Nicolas, von Weber’s Jubilee Mass.

An avid recitalist, Brian will be featured in several recitals: Les Nuits d’Ete and Winterreise with woodwind quintet, new works with Friction Quartet, and piano quintet with voice. Closely associated with expanding the vocal-chamber genre, he has been involved in premieres and commissions of Ian Venables, Peter Josheff, David Conte, Shinji Eshima, Gordon Getty, Michel Bosc, Noah Luna, Laurence Lowe, Brian Holmes, Eric Davis, Robert Conrad and Nicholas Carlozzi.

He 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 spent two summers at the Music Academy of the West. Brian is currently on faculty at Santa Clara University and at UC Berkeley.