With a voice described as “fresh”, “ethereal”, “captivating” and “angelic”, soprano Brenna Wells is garnering attention for her varied performances. Her operatic roles include La Poesie and La Paix in Les Arts Florissants, Galatea in Acis and Galatea, Venus in L’Europe Galante, Sandman in Hansel and Gretel, First Witch in Dido and Aeneas, La Musique in Charpentier’s Les Plaisirs de Versailles with the L’academie, as well as roles in Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs. She was Première Nymphe de l’Acheron in the Boston Early Music Festival’s production and Grammy-nominated recording of Lully’s Psyché and is featured on two BEMF recordings, Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Acteon and John Blow’s Venus and Adonis. She made her Carnegie Weill Hall Debut as a winner of the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, and returned to Carnegie Hall under the baton of Ton Koopman as a Young Artist. Ms. Wells has sung and recorded with such acclaimed ensembles as the BEMF Orchestra, Blue Heron, Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra, Boston Baroque, Opera Boston, L’Académie, and the Handel and Haydn Society. She has appeared in many festivals and programs world wide including the London Handel Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Amherst Early Music Festival, BBC Proms and in both 2008 and 2009, she was selected to perform in the Early Music Seminars at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Italy.
Ms. Wells performed in the Yale Choral Artists’ inaugural season, under the direction of William Christie and has joined the Austin based Ensemble Viii for performances including solos the Couperin Leçons de Ténèbres, Bach’s Cantata Christ Lag in Todes Banden, Buxtehude Jesu Membra Nostre, and the Monteverdi 1610 Vespers, among other progams. Highlights from recent seasons include her soloist debut at Symphony Hall under the direction of Harry Christophers, appearances as the soprano soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion and Cantata In allen Meinen Taten with the Emmanuel Music, soloist with the Metropolitan Chorale for Handel’s Israel in Egypt, and other solo performances with Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Yale Choral Artists, Boston Cecilia, Cambridge Concentus, Collage New Music, Connecticut Early Music Festival, and a return to the Boston Early Music Festival and their tour of the Charpentier Opera Double Bill: La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs to Victoria, British Columbia and New York. She also had the unexpected dream debut of singing back up vocals on “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” with the Rolling Stones and their 50th Anniversary Tour. The 14-15 season included appearances as the Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow at Emmanuel Music in Boston and soloist and ensemble performances with Seraphic Fire, Yale Choral Artists, Ensemble VIII, Lorelei Ensemble, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Handel and Haydn Society, Blue Heron Choir, and Boston Baroque.
Miss Wells recently became a resident of Seattle, WA and held the post of Interim Program Director and Professor of Music at Trinity Lutheran College. The 2015-16 season included appearances with the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, Seraphic Fire and the New World Symphony, Ensemble VIII, Early Music Underground, and making her solo debuts with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra. She is also the Staff Soprano for the Blessed Sacrament Church in the University District where she will be singing as the soprano soloist for the St. Cecilia Festival with works including Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Purcell’s Ode to St. Cecilia. The 2016-2017 season include’s appearances with Seraphic Fire and the Cleveland Orchestra Miami, the Brookings Harbor Friends of Music series, Vancouver Early Music Festival, Pacific MusicWorks Underground, Ensemble Viii, Pacific Musicworks’ production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and performances in the St. Cecilia Festival as the “Israelitish Woman” in Judas Maccabaeus and more.