Hometown: Seattle, Washington, USA
Web site: http://www.northwestartists.org/jh.html
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American soprano Janeanne Houston is a versatile performer, and one of the Northwest region’s busiest artists. Her extensive repertoire spans the Baroque era to the present, and she has been privileged to champion the work of living composers. She has worked under the batons of many fine conductors including Gerard Schwarz, James DePreist, Sidney Harth, Dean Williamson, Richard Sparks, Christophe Chagnard, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. An active recitalist, she is often the featured guest artist on concert series programs and music festivals across the nation. Concert works she has performed many times include Carmina Burana, Messiah, Requiems of Brahms, Verdi, and Mozart, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. Also at home on the opera stage, she has sung the roles of Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Violetta in La Traviata, Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites and Micaela in Carmen. Ms. Houston has recorded many of North Carolina composer Dan Locklair’s songs and vocal works, and in the fall of 2006 she recorded a work for orchestra and soprano with the Slovak Radio Orchestra that will be released on Naxos in August of 2007. In 2006 she commissioned a song cycle from the composer titled Cummings’ Suite, settings of poetry by the beloved poet E.E. Cummings. She will premiere the cycle in New York in October of 2007. A recording of world premieres by living composers titled The Shining Place was also released in 2006, as was a recording for Zimbel Records titled Songs of the Cotton Grass that features the music of Welsh composer Hilary Tann. In October of 2007, she will perform the New York premiere of that cycle at Union College. Other recordings include So Great a Joy, (2001), Living Mysteries, (2002), The Chamber Music of Dan Locklair, (Albany 2004), and So Much Beauty, (2004). The Seattle Times has called her performances "radiant-voiced" and Gramophone, "unfailingly responsive and dedicated.” The Journal of Singing raves “a flawless sense of style.” The managing and founding member of Northwest Artists and the recording label Elmgrove Productions; she has also been a member of the voice faculty at Pacific Lutheran University since 1989.
Music, Video, Image and Lyric Samples:
06ifi.mp3 - If I - a setting of Emily Dickinson's poem "If I can stop one heart from breaking" by composer Lori Laitman