Hailed as “a strikingly gifted tenor, with a deeply moving, unblemished voice”, Brian Thorsett excels in opera, oratorio, and recital across the world. Since taking to the stage, Thorsett has been seen and heard in more than 100 diverse operatic roles, ranging from Monteverdi to Britten, back to Rameau, and ahead again to works composed specifically for his talents. Upcoming roles include Alfredo in La Traviata and the title character in the premiere of Josheff’s The Dream Mechanic. As a concert singer Thorsett fosters a stylistically diversified repertoire of over 250 works, which has taken him to concert halls across the U.S. and Europe. Future highlights include Evangelist and soloist in both Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Britten’s War Requiem, as well as the Requiems of Mozart and Verdi.
An avid recitalist, Thorsett will be featured in several recitals: Winterreise with piano trio and various collaborations with viola, oboe, horn, and piano. Closely associated with expanding the vocal-chamber genre, he has been involved in premieres and commissions of Ian Venables, Scott Gendel, Michael Scherperel, Peter Josheff, David Conte, Shinji Eshima, Gordon Getty, Michel Bosc, Noah Luna, Laurence Lowe, Brian Holmes, Eric Davis, Robert Conrad, Eric Choate, and Nicholas Carlozzi.
Thorsett has also performed in recordings, commercials, and movies as the voice for Soundiron’s Library Voice of Rapture: The Tenor. 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. Thorsett is currently assistant professor of voice and opera at Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts and served on the faculties of the University of California at Berkeley and Santa Clara University.