serving the Bay Area with quality classical music since 1988
8 pm* Saturday, December 6, 2014
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
(* pre-concert talk at 7:30pm)
Music and Poetry
Manfred Overture, op. 115
Beyond the Silence of Sorrow
Jouvanca Jean-Baptiste, soprano
Introduction and Love Scene,
Haitian-American soprano Jouvanca Jean-Baptiste has been hailed for her "impressive singing" and "big, Verdian lyric dramatic sound." She is fast emerging as a true talent in the opera world, a lush soprano well-suited to the roles of Puccini, Verdi, Strauss, Mozart, and the operas of the verismo genre. Highlights for the 2013-14 season included her critically-acclaimed debuts as Floria Tosca in Tosca and Anna in Nabucco with Florida Grand Opera. Previously, she sang with Orchestra Miami in the role of The Mother in their production of Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Ms. Jean-Baptiste spent two seasons as a Principal Resident Artist with Opera San Jose, performing such varied roles as Marguerite in Faust, Violetta Valery in La traviata, Nedda in Pagliacci, Mimi in La boheme, the title role in Tosca, and as Tolstoy's doomed heroine in David Carlson's Anna Karenina. She has also performed the title role in Suor Angelica with Intermezzo Opera Festival. Ms. Jean-Baptiste has sung for acclaimed soprano Marilyn Mims and renowned Verdi baritone Sherrill Milnes in masterclasses, and she was a finalist and the Wagner Society of Northern California Award Winner in the 2011 Irene Dalis Vocal Competition.
More information about Ms. Jean-Baptiste is available at her website: www.thehaitiandiva.com