Today I’m interviewing opera singer Breanna Sinclairé. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, and a graduate of CalArts, Breanna received her Masters from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and was the first transwoman of the opera program. Operatic performances include Carmen, La Calisto, The Old Maid and The Thief, The Magic Flute, L’enfant et les sortilèges, Platée, and West Side Story, as well as Meredith Monk’s Songs of Ascension at REDCAT, and Zachary Sharrin’s Time Bodies at MOCA. Outside of opera, Sinclairé has enjoyed a variety of performance opportunities with LGBT and other nonprofit organizations across North America.
Breanna also made her debut as a guest artist for the Gay Men’s Chorus of DC in Durufle’s Requiem performing “Pie Jesu” at Church of the Epiphany. She was among Out magazine’s 2015 “OUT100” list of LGBT heroes. She was the first transwoman to perform the National Anthem at a professional sporting event for the Oakland A’s, SF Giants, and San Francisco Deltas. She made her debut with SF Symphony on December 2018 as the first trans singer to perform with the orchestra.
Start of interview (2:14)
Early thoughts about gender (5:09)
Breanna's passion for music (9:40)
Coming out as trans (15:57)
What it means to be a Soprano singer (21:21)
Your favourite opera to perform? (24:21)
The day-to-day of an opera singer (27:57)
Breanna's inspirational Alpha Woman (38:40)
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