Janice Meyerson

Meyerson, Janice, Mezzosoprano, * 1950 (?) Omaha (Nebraska)

in english: Janice Meyerson has triumphed in opera houses and concert halls on four continents, bringing her rich tone and dramatic characterizations to a wide-ranging repertoire. Since her professional debut as Brangäne in »Tristan and Isolde« with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein, she has appeared as soloist with many of the finest symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, National Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, Mexico City Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, and American Symphony with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Charles Mackerras, Rafael Kubelik, Leonard Slatkin, and Christian Badea. Her operatic appearances have included leading roles with Deutsche Oper Berlin (Laura in »La Gioconda «), Téatro Colón in Buenos Aires (Amneris in »Aida«), Frankfurt Opera (three seasons as Amneris), New York City Opera (Santuzza in »Cavalleria Rusticana«; title role in »Carmen«), Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels (title role in »Carmen«), L'Opéra de Montréal (Herodias in »Salome«), Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp (Adriano in »Rienzi«), Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City (Judith in »Bluebeard's Castle«), Washington Opera (Baba the Turk in »The Rake's Progress«), Opera Company of Philadelphia (Olga in »Eugene Onegin«), Essen Opera, Germany (Eboli in »Don Carlo «; Ulrica in »Un Ballo in Maschera«), Staatstheater Kassel, Germany (Kostelnicka in »Jenufa«; Preziosilla in »La Forza del Destino«; Fricka in »Der Ring des Nibelungen«), New Orleans Opera, and Houston Grand Opera (Suzuki in »Madame Butterfly«). In 2003, Miss Meyerson performed Herodias in »Salome« with the Florida Grand Opera in Miami. Among her 2004-05 engagements are Madame in »Les Bonnes« (Bengtson/Genet), a return engagement with the Angers-Nantes Opéra, France; Frugola the Cat Lady in »Il Tabarro « with the Arizona Opera; Wagner's »Wesendonck Lieder« with the Omaha Symphony; and contralto soloist with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony in Shostakovich's »From Jewish Folk Poetry« at the Bard Music Festival, where she will appear in 2005-06 as soloist in the orchestral version of Copland's »Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson« . In 2006, she will sing Chausson's »Poème de l'Amour et de la Mer« with the Wyoming Symphony. Miss Meyerson has also appeared on the roster of Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu, most recently in 2004 as Mrs. Sedley in »Peter Grimes«. Engagements in recent seasons include London's Queen Elizabeth Hall in the demanding Wagnerian role of Adriano in »Rienzi«; Opernhaus Halle, Germany, a return engagement for Amneris in »Aida«; Ulrica in »Un Ballo in Maschera« in Concord, Massachusetts; Schnittke's »Faust Cantata« at the Teatro São Carlos in Lisbon; Verdi's Requiem in Carnegie Hall; Kabanicha in Janacek's »Katja Kabanova« with Opera Ireland in Dublin; the Mother in »The Consul« with the Nantes Opéra; and Judith in »Bluebeard's Castle« with the New England Philharmonic. Summer festival appearances include Marlboro, Spoleto USA, Tanglewood, Aspen, Chautauqua, and Wolf Trap. She is featured on the CD »For the Night to Wear«, music of Donald Harris, released on CRI. A native of Nebraska, Miss Meyerson earned a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music. She was also a vocal fellow at Tanglewood for two summers. She currently works with Armen Boyajian and resides with her husband, Raymond Scheindlin, in New York City. (by courtesy of Janice Meyerson)

in German: ihr Gesang- und Musikstudium fand an den Universitäten von Washington und St. Louis (bis 1972 statt), dann am New England Conservatory Boston, wo sie 1975 den akademischen Grad eines Master of Music erwarb. 1976-77 vervollständigte sie ihre Ausbildung im Berkshire Music Centre in Tanglewood (Massachusetts). Ihre Karriere nahm schnell internationale Dimensionen an; am Teatro Colón Buenos Aires wie an der Oper von Frankfurt a.M. gastierte sie als Amneris in »Aida«, an der City Centre Opera New York als Santuzza in »Cavalleria rusticana«, als Judith in »Herzog Blaubarts Burg« von Béla Bartók zusammen mit den New Yorkern Philharmonikern und im Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Zu ihren großen Partien gehörten auch die Carmen (Théâtre de la Monnaie Brüssel) und die Brangäne im »Tristan«. Sie sang an der Oper von Dallas, in Philadelphia, Montreal, in Washington und Houston/Texas, bei den Festspielen von Spoleto, Tanglewood und Aspen. Im Konzertsaal sang sie in der New Yorker Carnegie Hall das Solo in der Sinfonie Nr. 3 von Gustav Mahler; sie trat als Solistin mit dem American Symphony Orchestra, den Sinfonie-Orchestern von Boston, Milwaukee, Minnesota und New Orleans, dem Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra (unter Leonard Bernstein), dem Moskauer Staats- Sinfonieorchester und mit anderen führenden amerikanischen und europäischen Klangkörpern auf.

Her Website: http://www.janicemeyerson.com/

Many thanks to Mrs. Meyerson!!!

as Brangäne with Bernstein (by courtesy of Janice Meyerson)
as Amneris (by courtesy of Janice Meyerson)
as Amneris
as Herodias (by courtesy of Janice Meyerson)
as Eboli (by courtesy of Janice Meyerson)
as Preziosilla (by courtesy of Janice Meyerson)
with Fischer and Fink "The Maids" Mar. 2003
with Bernstein (by courtesy of Janice Meyerson)
Portrait (by courtesy of Janice Meyerson)