Paul Flight


Countertenor Paul Flight (alto) is a new addition to Gaude.  As a soloist, he has performed works by John Adams, Leonard Bernstein, and Unsuk Chin with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Cincinnati May Festival, the Norwegian State Opera, and the Berkeley Symphony.  He made his debut at the Kennedy Center in 2008, singing the first countertenor role in Adams's El Niño, and in August, 2010 he made his debut at the Edinburgh International Festival singing the third countertenor role. He has given the premieres of two works by Osvaldo Golijov, Mournes and The Ballad of the Drowned Solitude, and his portrayal of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhnaten in the Oakland Opera production of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten received glowing reviews from the San Francisco Chronicle.  He has been a member of many distinguished ensembles, including The Waverly Consort, Theatre of Voices, Pomerium Musices, the New York Collegium, The Concord Ensemble, and Aguavá New Music Studio.

Paul Flight is in his eleventh season as Artistic Director of the California Bach Society,  and he is the founding director of the Berkeley-based choir, Chora Nova.  He is also Artistic Director of Schola Cantorum San Francisco.  For many years he was principal conductor at the Madison Early Music Festival, where he directed masterworks by Bach, Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi, Purcell, Dufay, and Guerrero. He was Director of Choral Activities at Smith College, and has thrice been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley, directing the music department's top choral ensembles. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz.  At Mills College he conducted an operatic double-bill of Gustav Holst's Savitri and Darius Milhaud's Les malheurs d'Orphée, a production directed by Professor Nalini Ghuman, and he returned to Mills to lead a special concert celebrating the release of Ghuman’s acclaimed book for Oxford University Press, India in the English Musical Imagination.