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Nanette McGuinness

Berkeley, CA         

Award-winning soprano Nanette McGuinness  has performed in operas, oratorias, symphonies, and concerts on two continents in ten languages, with a repertory that crosses over four centuries, ranging from the brand new to the very old.  A passionate advocate of collaborative new works, she has been described in the press as “a glorious soprano” with “a creamy golden tone” and “magnetic stage presence.” 

A founding member of Ensemble for These Times (formerly the JMPP), McGuinness  also counts among her recordings Fabulous Femmes (music by 19th and 20th century women composers, Centaur CRC 2461) with the Athena Trio. Cited as “perfect for the song recital lover,” by Chamber Music Magazine, the recording features  several premiere recordings by American women composers, including Libby Larsen and Margaret Garwood.

McGuinness has  been a Teaching Artist for the San Francisco Opera Guild and Opera San Jose and has premiered or performed works by a number of American composers, including Libby Larsen, Margaret Garwood, David Garner, David Conte, Dominick Argento, Carlisle Floyd, William Bolcom, Daniel Felsenfeld, John Bilotta, James Primosch, David Rakowski, Eric Chasalow, Kurt Erickson, Jean Ahn, Mona Lyn Reese, and William Ludtke.

A first-place winner in the Santa Clara University Art Song Competition and the Martinez Opera Competition, as well as a Semi-Finalist in the International Opera Singers Competition, McGuinness earned her BA (in Music) from Cornell University, her MM in Vocal Performance from Holy Names University, and her PhD (in Music) from the University of California at Berkeley.  She is represented by Lorenzo Fontana Artists Management.

See more at her website, http://www.nanette.biz

Der Fragebogen (2012) by David Garner (b. 1959)

“Der Fragebogen” (The Form/Questionnaire, sung in German) by David Garner (b. 1954), with Ensemble for These Times (E4TT, with pianist Dale Tsang) from E4TT’s 2016 CD, “Surviving: Women’s Words,” winner of a Silver Medal in the 2016 Global Music Awards

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from “Missed Connections” (2006) by Sam Krahn

Performed by E4TT (Nanette McGuinness, soprano and Taylor Chan, piano) on January 26, 2019 at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. The song is based on a found text from the anonymous “missed connections” section from Craigslist.

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“Eyewitness” from “Guernica” (2016) by Jeffrey Hoover (b. 1959(

“Eyewitness” (sung in Basque) , is about the bombing of the Spanish town of Gernika-Lumo during the Spanish Civil War. The recording comes from the world premiere of “Guernica” on April 15, 2017 at Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco, CA by E4TT (Nanette McGuinness, soprano, Anne Lerner-Wright, cello, Dale Tsang, piano, and guest violinist Dawn Harms).

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