Old First Concerts

Nanette McGuinness
Nanette McGuinness has been hailed in the press for her “creamy golden tone,”glorious soprano," and “magnetic stage presence.” Shemade her operatic debut under the direction of Alan Curtis in the role of Nino in Cesti’s Semiramide. Solo engagementsinclude Handel’s Samson, Solomon, Ode to St. Cecilia, and Messiah, Purcell’s Ode to St. Cecilia, Mozart’s Vespers, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. Audiences have also heard her in roles that include Mimi, Musetta, Countess, Micaela, First Lady, Lauretta, Nella, Despina, and the Foreign Woman with the Silesian State Opera (Czech Republic), Opera San Jose (Opera in the Schools), West Bay, Pacific Repertory, Open a, Berkeley, Livermore Valley, and Pocket Opera companies, among others. She often sings and premieres new music, including San Francisco composer David Garner’s Chanson für Morgen, supported by a grant from the East Bay Community Foundation, and William Ludtke’s Christmas Suite with JoAnn Falletta and the San Jose Symphony.She was a San Francisco Opera Guild Teaching Artist and her CD of music by women composers, Fabulous Femmes was called “perfect for song-recital lovers,” by Chambermusic Magazine. An alumna of Cornell University, Ms. McGuinness received an MM in Vocal Performance from Holy Names University and a PhD in Music from UC Berkeley.
O1C Performances:
    Vinaccesi Ensemble
    Jewish Music & Poetry Project
    Vinaccesi Ensemble
    Ensemble for These Times