The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) is thrilled to announce that transgender soprano Breanna Sinclairé will join GMCW as it continues its 37th season, Make America Gay Again. Ms. Sinclairé will join the Chorus for two concerts in 2018 – first for the world premiere of the tenor-bass arrangement of Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem in March, and then again for TransAmerica in June.
A native of Baltimore, MD, Breanna Sinclairé is a graduate of the esteemed Baltimore School for the Arts and Tanglewood Institute. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in vocal performance from the Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts, under the tutelage of Maria Fortuna Dean and Kate Conklin. She earned a Master of Music in opera from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as the first transwoman of the opera program, under the pedagogy of Ms. Ruby Pleasure.
Operatic performances include Carmen (as Carmen), Cavalli’s La Calisto (Furie), Menotti’s The Old Maid and The Thief (Miss Todd), Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, Rameau’s Platée, and Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s West Side Story, as well as contemporary performances in Meredith Monk’s Songs of Ascension at the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theatre (REDCAT) and Zachary Sharrin’s Time Bodies at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in downtown Los Angeles.
Ms. Sinclairé also holds the distinction of being the first transwoman to sing at a national sporting event – first with the Oakland A’s, and more recently for the San Francisco Deltas. She was among Out Magazine’s 2015 “OUT100” list of LGBT heroes.
“In these dark times, community and empowerment is what we need. I am honored to sing alongside the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washinton, DC. Let’s make a statement with the sounds of music!” said Ms. Sinclairé.