Featured Soloists

Ethan Bremner, tenor

Since his arrival in Boston, Ethan Bremner has become one of the city’s most sought-after young tenors. He made his local debut with Boston Opera Collaborative in 2006 as Achilles in Gluck’s Iphigenie en Aulide, and then sang with the company as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème. He also had an auspicious debut as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir D’amore and Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Longwood Opera. He performed the premier performance of Odyssey Opera of Boston as Baroncelli in Wagner’s Rienzi. Most recently he performed as Shallow in Sir John in Love with Odyssey Opera, Vasek in Boston Midsummer Opera’s Production of The Bartered Bride and Don Jose in Carmen. Recent appearances on the concert platform include: Verdi Requiem with Cape Cod Symphony and Beethoven 9th with Boston Civic Symphony.

Mr. Bremner was a Finalist in the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (New England Region) and earned his Master of Music in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin.

Gary Thies, baritone

Gary Thies's first professional engagement was as Count Almaviva in a 2003 concert presentation of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro with the Lowell Opera Company under the baton of Valerie Taylor and the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Thies returned to Lowell Opera in 2006 to sing Tonio in Il Pagliacci. Since then he has sung the lovelorn Marcello in Riverside Theatre's production of La Boheme, the ladies' man Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and the dashing Sgt. Belcore in The Elixir of Love -- the latter two productions with Longwood Opera.

In 2007, Mr. Thies appeared as the L’Imperial Commissario in Granite State Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly starring Metropolitan Opera Soprano Theresa Cincione in the title role and Chicago Lyric Opera's Arnold Rawls as Lt. B. F. Pinkerton. Gary Thies returned to both Madama Butterfly and Longwood Opera as the American Counsel Sharpless in Longwood's production of Madama Butterfly opposite the Pinkerton of Ethan Bremner.