Janice Hall
Soprano
New England First Place Winner, 1976
National Council Finalist, 1976

Since returning from Germany in 2007, 1976 National Finalist Janice Hall has continued her career in contemporary opera, theater, and cabaret. Last season the soprano appeared as Maddy in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers with Fort Worth Opera, and she was recently the Rabbi/Doctor/Hannah in a concert version of Angels in America with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gretta in Richard Nelson and Shaun David’s adaptation of Joyce's “The Dead” with the Quotidian Theatre Company in Bethesda. Janice was also the 2012 Winner of the MAC Award (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) as Best Female Vocalist for her presentation “Grand Illusions: The Music of Marlene Dietrich,” which a year earlier had brought her a Bistro Award for Best Tribute show. Last year she offered another solo cabaret show, “I'd Rather Be Doing This…,” at the Metropolitan Room in New York. She also made her off-Broadway theater debut as Helen in Monica Bauer’s My Occasion of Sin.

 

Janice began her studies in music and theater at Colorado Women’s College, and continued her training at the Boston Conservatory. Soon thereafter she was engaged by companies including Opera Theater of St. Louis, the Washington Opera, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera and Houston Grand Opera. Her early roles included Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Elvira in I Puritani and the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor. She made her European debut as Rosina at the Hamburg State Opera, a role she later sang at the Cologne Opera, Vienna State Opera and Covent Garden. For several years she was an ensemble member of the Cologne Opera, performing leading roles in Rigoletto, Turandot, La Traviata, La Gazza Ladra, and The Cunning Little Vixen. Also abroad Sondra appeared at Zurich Opera, Teatro La Fenice, the Komische Oper Berlin and several productions at the Schwetzingen Festival of which Agrippina and La Cambiale di Matrimonio were filmed for German television and released on DVD. For two seasons she performed at the Salzburg Festival, appearing in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria.


Appearances stateside included Susanna with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Musetta with Vancouver Opera, and Violetta in the New York City Opera’s Emmy-winning telecast of La Traviata, “Live from Lincoln Center,” directed by Renata Scotto. She twice performed the title role of Strauss’s Salome, which led to more contemporary pieces including Turn of the Screw, Dialogues of the Carmelites and Street Scene. Over the past few seasons Janice appeared in Angels in America with Ft. Worth Opera and the BBC Symphony in London, and in 2010 she created the roles of The Mother/The Sea in the world premiere of Jorge Martin’s Before Night Falls, later released on cd.

 

 

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