Janinah Burnett ~ Somewhere there's Music
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Janinah Burnett’s timeless vocal quality and poignant portrayals in signature roles such as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte are “heart-rendingly touching,” says The Sunday Times (London). The Montreal Gazette agrees exclaiming she “brought a storytelling quality as well as soprano pyrotechnics to Violetta.” As Mimi in Baz Luhrman’s adaptation of Puccini’s La Bohème, Ms. Burnett received tremendous acclaim winning the “Ovation Award” with a record 82 consecutive sold-out shows. Ms. Burnett joined the Metropolitan Opera roster in 2008 for their productions of Carmen and La Bohème, and since returned for Le Nozze di Figaro, La Rondine, and Iphigenie en Tauride. Upcoming, she performs Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro for Lyric Opera Baltimore’s inagural season, Leila in Les Pecheurs de Perles with Opera Carolina, as well as a return to the Metropolitan Opera for performances in Parsifal and La Rondine.
Noted engagements from the past two seasons include Lucy in Treemonisha in her debut at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; Micaëla in Carmen with the Michigan Opera Theatre and Arizona Opera; Mimi in La Bohème with Arizona Opera and Nashville Opera; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Opera Cleveland; Margru in Amistad at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A.; Claire in William Grant Still’s Troubled Island in concert with New York City Opera; her role debut as Leila in Les Pêcheurs des Perles at the Syracuse Opera; and Bess in Porgy and Bess at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Cape Town Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Grand Rapids, and in concert with The Israel Symphony Orchestra in Tel Aviv and Rishon LeZion with Mo. Asher Fisch.
Additional engagements include Mimi covers in La Bohème at New York City Opera, Violetta in La Traviata with Opera Columbus, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Norina in Don Pasquale with Connecticut Opera, Mimi in La Bohème with Baltimore Opera and Manitoba Opera, Micaëla in Carmen with the Skylight Opera Theatre and Todi Music Festival, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Stephanie in A Song for Eddie at the Bard Festival, and solo performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She also performed Violetta in Urbania and Fermignano, Italy under the baton of Benton Hess.
Ms. Burnett was just named Artist of the Year in 2011 at Syracuse Opera. She was also a member of the sister group to Three Mo’ Tenors entitled Three Mo’ Divas and toured to Austria, Sweden, and Japan with the New York Harlem Productions (NYHP) company performing the roles of Clara and Bess in Porgy and Bess. Additionally, Ms. Burnett has performed with Ray Charles, Dr. Billy Taylor, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and at Oprah Winfrey’s personal birthday celebration at the home of Maya Angelou, while attending Spelman College for her graduate degree. She was also the winner of a 2008 Sullivan Foundation Award