Estelí Gomez, soprano
Estelí Gomez, soprano
In January 2014 she received a Grammy award with vocal octet Roomful of Teeth in the category of best chamber music/small ensemble performance; a featured soloist on recordings of works of Samuel Barber with Conspirare (Harmonia Mundi, 2012), and Rossini and Rheinberger with Etherea Vocal Ensemble (Delos, 2013), in 2011 she was one of five singers on Ensemble Caprice’s Salsa Baroque (Analekta) to be nominated for a JUNO in the category of Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance.
A devoted performer of early music, Estelí was awarded first prize in the Canticum Gaudium International Early Music Vocal Competition in Poznań, Poland in November 2011; one year later she returned to Poland as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah in the 10th International Festival of Boy Choirs. Her Montréal-based early music group Ensemble 1729 has toured internationally and performed for a sold-out audience at Boston Early Music Festival Fringe, 2013. Estelí was a featured recitalist as Victoria Bach Festival’s New Young Artist in 2012, and has performed the title role in Handel’s Agrippina (Opera McGill), Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Yale College), Clomiri in Handel’s Imeneo (Opera McGill), and Proserpina in Monteverdi’s Orfeo (Yale Baroque Opera Project).
As a founding member of groundbreaking vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, Estelí is additionally dedicated to modern repertoire, and the exploration of extended vocal techniques from around the world. Her performance of Rinde Eckert’s neo-alpine yodeling solo “Cesca’s View” has been called “wonderfully haunting” (Times Union) and “breathtakingly lovely” (icareifyoulisten.com); Roomful of Teeth’s self-titled debut album (October 2012) featured Caroline Shaw’s Partita, which was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. Estelí has premiered new works with award-winning recorder quintet Flûte Alors! in Montréal, and served as artist in residence for three consecutive years with the University of Oregon, Eugene composition department, both teaching masterclasses on writing for voice, and performing recitals of student works.
Highlights of 2014-5 include soprano solos on Conspirare’s newest CD in Robert Kyr’s Songs of the Soul (Harmonia Mundi), a performance of Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans, soprano solos in Esenvalds’ Passion and Resurrection in Kansas City, recitals with lutenist Sylvain Bergeron and guitarist Colin Davin, and performances with Roomful of Teeth at Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Hall, and in Seoul, South Korea.
Originally from Santa Cruz, California, Estelí received her Bachelor of Arts with honors in music cum laude from Yale College, and Master of Music from McGill University, specializing in early music vocal performance studying with Sanford Sylvan. She currently travels and performs full-time. esteligomez.com