Mezzo-soprano Mary Gerbi is a versatile soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble member, whose repertoire ranges from plainchant to premieres of new music. She has been praised for her “earthy tone and crisp diction” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) and for “project[ing] emotion with easy power” (Boston Globe).
As a concert soloist, Ms. Gerbi’s recent performances include Haydn’s Salve Regina and Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with Boston Cecilia, Corigliano’s Fern Hill with the Maryland Choral Society, Handel’s Judas Maccabeus with the Berkshire Bach Society, and selections from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with both Emmanuel Music and the Handel and Haydn Society. As a performer of baroque opera, she has portrayed the title role in Alessando Scarlatti’s La Principessa Fedele with Amherst Early Music and Elisa in Maria Teresa Agnesi’s Sofonisba with La Donna Musicale. In high demand as an ensemble member, she sings regularly with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Emmanuel Music, Yale Choral Artists, and several other groups.
A skilled interpreter of medieval and renaissance music, Ms. Gerbi is a founding member of Cut Circle, which recently released a double CD of Franco-Flemish polyphony entitled “De Orto and Josquin: Music in the Sistine Chapel around 1490.” She has toured internationally with the Liber Ensemble for Early Music and is a member of the Connecticut-based Ensemble Origo. She received a fellowship from the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Italy to study and perform music by John Dunstaple, and from the Vancouver Early Music Programme to explore the Cantigas de Santa Maria and the Codex Las Huelgas. Ms. Gerbi has given lecture-recitals on early Italian madrigals, performed at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society and other academic conferences, and created a program to complement the exhibit “The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries” at the Peabody Essex Museum.
Ms. Gerbi is also an experienced singer of 20th-century and contemporary works. Last season she appeared on the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s concert series performing David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion “with outstanding sensitivity and skill” (Boston Classical Review). She performed with the groundbreaking vocal ensemble Boston Secession for eight years, and can be heard on their recordings Surprised by Beauty: Minimalism in Choral Music and Afterlife. She recently recorded an album of choral works by Carson Cooman, and was both an ensemble member and soloist on The Sacred Voice: Heinrich Christensen Conducts Sacred Vocal Works by Graham Gordon Ramsay. In May she will travel to Arizona to record new works by Stephen Paulus with Tucson Chamber Artists.
Raised in Millbrook, New York, Ms. Gerbi studied at Boston University and has resided in the Boston area ever since.