Fall 2014 Concert Soloists

Jennifer Paulino, soprano

Jennifer Paulino, Soprano

An accomplished chamber and concert artist, soprano Jennifer Paulino is equally praised for her stunning voice and dramatic capability. San Francisco Classical Voice celebrated her singing as “graceful yet powerful” and “sensitive and clear.”  The South Florida Classical Review proclaims her rendition of Handel’s I know that my Redeemer liveth as “hard to equal."

2014-15 season highlights include a three part performance of a new oratorio, Terra Nostra for soloists and chorus by Stacy Garrop with the San Francisco Choral Society under the direction of Bob Geary.  Ms. Paulino will also be appearing with Magnificat Baroque Ensemble, California Bach Society, and Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida, singing works by Bach, Cavalli, Handel, Schütz, and Vaughn Williams.

Ms. Paulino was a national finalist at the 2012 Artist Awards Competition of the National Association for the Teachers of Singing (NATS) for her interpretations of works by Purcell, Handel, Schubert, Poulenc, and Stravinsky.  She studied early music styles with Rita Dams, Jill Feldman, and Michael Chance at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Netherlands.


Danielle Reutter-Harrah, Mezzo Soprano

Danielle Reutter-Harrah is an avid performer of baroque, classical, and contemporary music. Highlights of her last concert season included a tour of Charpentier’s La Couronne de Fleurs and La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers, Handel’s Messiah with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and Bach’s Magnificat with the American Bach Soloists. In the coming season Danielle will appear with the Boston Early Music Festival, Pacific MusicWorks, and Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, and she will sing the role of Ariodante with San Francisco’s Black Box Baroque in March. She performs frequently with lutenist/theorbist/guitarist Adam Cockerham as the duo Jarring Sounds, and is a founding member of the bay area baroque chamber ensemble Liaison. Danielle teaches voice and piano privately and through schools. She earned her BM at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, and her MM at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Danielle currently resides in San Francisco.

Brian Thorsett, tenor

BrianThorsett, tenor

Hailed as “a strikingly gifted tenor, with a deeply moving, unblemished voice” (sfmusicjournal.com), tenor Brian Thorsett excels internationally in opera, oratorio, and recital. He has been seen and heard in over 100 diverse operatic roles, in works ranging from Monteverdi to Britten to Rameau, as well as in pieces composed specifically for his talents. During the 2014–16 seasons, Brian returns as Acis in Handlel’s Acis and Galatea, Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata. He adds the roles of Edoardo in Rossini’s Cambiale di matrimonio, Jason in Cherubini’s Médée, Father in Weill’s 7 Deadly Sins, one of the trio in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, Peter Quint in Britten’s Turn of the Screw, and the title character in Handel's Judas Maccabaeus. He will create the Narrator and Bull roles in the premiere of Josheff’s Europa and the Bull.

As a concert singer, Brian fosters a stylistically diverse repertoire of over 250 works, which has taken him to concert halls across the United States and Europe. Future engagements include the role of Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion, and soloist in Bach’s Mass in B Minor, J. L. Bach's Trauermusik, Orff's Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Britten's St. Nicolas, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the requiems of Mozart and Dvořák, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, a rare performance of Blitzstein’s Airborne Symphony, and the premiere of Garrop’s Terra Nostra. 

Closely associated with expanding the vocal chamber genre, he has been involved in premieres and commissions of works by 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. His voice has been featured in films and commercials.Brian’s first solo album will be released in fall 2014, featuring the works of Frank Tours, Idabelle Firestone, Victor Herbert, and their contemporaries, arranged for salon orchestra. He will also contribute the Rossetti Songs to a recording of David Conte's music.

Brian is a graduate of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, Glimmerglass Opera’s Young American Artists Program, American Bach Soloists' Academy, and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme at Aldeburgh, England. He also spent two summers at the Music Academy of the West.

Brian is currently Assistant Professor of Voice at Virginia Tech and has previously served on faculty at Santa Clara University and University of California at Berkeley.    

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Jeffrey Fields, baritone

Jeffrey Fields, baritone 

Jeffrey Fields hails from the San Francisco area, and sings regularly as soloist and ensemble member with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (since 1999), American Bach Soloists (since 2002), Bach Collegium San Diego (since 2011), and Carmel Bach Festival (since 1998). Jeffrey made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in Handel’s Messiah in 2007, under Andrew Megill and returned to Carnegie in 2012 with Aoede Consort. Solo engagements this season include Handel's Teseo with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra at Lincoln Center (Mostly Mozart Festival) and Tanglewood, Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle, Bach's St. John Passion in Berkeley, and concerts with Pacific Bach and the Spire Chamber Ensemble.

Recent engagements include Purcell's Dioclesian with Philharmonia Baroque, Handel's Dixit Dominus with Bach Collegium San Diego, Haydn's Seasons at UC Berkeley, Dvorak's Stabat Mater in San Francisco, Handel's Alexander's Feast under Jeffrey Thomas, Handel’s Samson with Philharmonia Baroque, Orff's Carmina Burana, the title role in Mendelssohn's Elijah for Marin Oratorio, and Handel's Acis and Galatea with California Bach Society. Mr. Fields studied with Albert Gammon and taught voice and singer’s diction at the University of Iowa, and was an artist fellow for three seasons at the Bach Aria Festival, Stony Brook, New York. He was a three-time winner of the NATS Central Region auditions.
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Paul Thompson, bass

Paul Thompson, bass

Bass Paul Thompson studied Environmental Science at U.C. Berkeley and voice at Humboldt State University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His performance highlights include the title role in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Osmin in Die Entführung, the title role in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Budd in Britten’s Albert Herring, the Sergeant of Police in Gilbert and  Sullivans’ Pirates of Penzance, Pooh-bah  in The Mikado, and Ariodate in Handel’s Xerxes.

Among the companies he has performed with are Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Opera San Jose, Eugene Opera, Nevada Opera Theater, West Bay Opera, Donald Pippen’s Pocket Opera, Bayshore Lyric Opera of Capitola, Opera Piccola of Bremen, Lamplighters, Santa Cruz Bay City Opera and Livermore Valley Opera. Paul's concert repertoire includes solos in Mozart’s Requiem and C Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Verdi’s Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Brahms’ Requiem and Purcell’s Ode to Queen Mary, to name a few. 

He has participated in the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute (B.A.S.O.T.I), in the American Institute of Musical Studies (A.I.M.S.) in Graz, Austria, and has studied German in Hamburg and Italian in Perugia.