Hailed by The London Financial Times for her “eloquent dignity and vibrant tone” and by The Boston Globe for her “rich, viola-like tone and a rapturous, luminous lyricism,” mezzo-soprano Janna Baty enjoys an exceptionally versatile career. She has appeared with the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Daejeon Philharmonic (Korea), L’Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, and on the stages of the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Eugene Opera, Opera North, and Boston Lyric Opera. Conductors she has worked with include James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Michel Plasson, Carl Davis, Robert Spano, Steuart Bedford, Gil Rose, Stephen Lord, and Stefan Asbury. She has appeared at the Aldeburgh and Britten Festivals in England, the Semanas Musicales de Frutillar Festival in Chile, and the Tanglewood and Norfolk Festivals in the U.S. Her most notable opera roles include the Duchess (Powder Her Face), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Donna Anna and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), Vittelia (La Clemenza di Tito), Madame Lidoine (Dialogues of the Carmélites), Lady Billows (Albert Herring), Musetta (La Bohème), La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti), the Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), the Contessa di Folleville (Il viaggio a Rheims), and Mrs. Grose (The Turn of the Screw).
Equally at home in both standard and contemporary repertoire, Ms. Baty has performed with such noted contemporary music ensembles as Boston Modern Orchestra Project, DaCapo Chamber Players, LA Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series, and The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, among others. She has collaborated with John Harbison, Bernard Rands, Yehudi Wyner, Sydney Hodkinson, Peter Child, Reza Vali, Paul Salerni, Paul Moravec, and many other noted composers on performances of their music. She recently premiered a new song cycle by Andy Vores written for her and Collage New Music, as well as recording Donald Crockett’s new opera “The Face” and participating in collaborative workshops with Prof. Crockett at the University of Southern California.
Winner of several international competitions, most notably the XXI Concurso Internacional de Ejecución Musical "Dr. Luis Sigall" (Chile), Ms. Baty has given concerts across Europe, the U.S. and South America, in the company of such distinguished musicians as violist Nobuko Imai, pianists Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, and Christopher Lyndon Gee, and guitarist Stephen Marchionda. Her discography includes numerous critically lauded recordings with Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Gil Rose, the most recent of which, John Harbison’s opera Winter’s Tale, was released in 2012. Formerly on the faculty of UMass Amherst, Ms. Baty joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music in 2008 and regularly performs with her colleagues at Yale, in New York, and at the Norfolk Festival. She lives in the Bronx.
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