Santa Clara University

Courses taught:
Private Instruction - Voice Beginning Voice Class Opera Workshop

Brian Thorsett

Voice Instructor


Brian Thorsett has been seen and heard in over 90 diverse operatic roles; 2012-3 highlights include the title character in Rameau's Pygmalion, Nemorino in L'Elisir d'Amore, Jupiter in Semele and creating roles in new works by Allan Shearer, Gordon Getty and Laurence Rosenthal.

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 and collaborations with acclaimed conductors Nicolas McGegan, Masaki Suzuki, Antony Walker, Jeffrey Thomas, Michael Morgan and Konrad Junghanel. Upcoming highlights include perennial favorites such as Carmina Burana, Messiah, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Bach's Magnificat, Mass in B minor and St Matthew Passion as Evangelist; other works include Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers and Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Haydn's Creation, Britten's Serenade, Stravinsky's Pulcinella, several Chandos Anthems and Samson of Handel, and the Requiems of Schutz, Verdi, Mozart and Bob Chilcott.

An avid recitalist, Brian will perform concerts with string quartet, Schubert's Winterreise and Berlioz's Les Nuits d'Ete with wind quintet, an all French program with horn player Kevin Rivard and several baroque sets with ImpromptuSF. Projects also include recitals featuring debuts of works written for him by David Conte, Michael Bosc and Nicolas Carlozzi, in addition to US premieres of works by Ian Venables. 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 Music Academy of the West.