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About Janet Perry

Janet Perry

Janet Perry was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. As the daughter of musical parents, she had early opportunity to receive lessons on piano, violin, and ballet, was active in young-people’s theater productions, and soon discovered an unusual vocal talent which led her to her debut as child star in “The Wizard of Oz” at St.Paul Civic Opera at age 13.

On completing high school she received her Bachelors degree studying at the Curtis Institute of Music under Eufemia Giannini Gregory, left to audition in Europe and was engaged forthwith at the Kammeoper of Vienna and the opera of Linz, Austria. After further engagements in the Gärtnerplatz Theater of Munich, Germany, and the Cologne opera, she returned to Munich to the Bavarian State Opera.

Her career being firmly established in the lighter Mozart, Strauss, Italian opera roles and concert repertory, she gradually added roles of more lyric and dramatic quality: ‘Donna Anna’, ‘Cleopatra’, the ‘Countess’ in Nozze di Figaro and ‘Rosalinde’. She appeared as guest in most of the major European opera houses, and in numerous festivals, notably the Salzburg Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence, Bregenz, Granada, Martina Franca, Montpellier, and under such conductors as Herbert v.Karajan, Kleiber, Böhm, Muti, Barenboim, Harnoncourt, Rostropovitch, Kubelik, Sawallisch. She played principal roles in many opera and operetta productions for television and film.

In concert, she has an extended repertoire from early music: Bach, Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, to Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Mahler, Brückner, Poulenc, Faurè. She has sung the major Masses in her repertoire, and has recorded with Herbert v.Karajan Mozart’s C-minor Mass, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and Bruckner’s Te Deum, with Kubelik Mozart’s C-minor Mass for television, and Bach’s “Kaffeekantate” and Monteverdi’s 8th Madrigal Book with Nicolas Harnoncourt.

She was chosen by Giorgio Strehler to open his new theater in Milan, the ‘Piccolo Teatro’ with “Così fan Tutte” in the role of Despina, which toured all over Europe and Asia, in Japan, and Russia, and China.

Already early in her career she started to share her experience and technical knowledge, as a teacher to professionals as well as beginners. She was voice professor in Bern, Switzerland at the Musikhochschule, and taught many summers in the Academy of the Mozarteum, Salzburg. In the Academy of Music and Art of Milan Italy, she teaches courses of “Mozart in the Italian Vocality”,in German Lied, coached and directed the opera Cosi fan tutte with the students, and directed a student production of Soeur Angelica in Cagli, Italy. In the summer of 2020 she will again have a master class in the Mozarteum in Salzburg and will collaborate with the program ‘Si Parla Si Canta’ in Arona, Italy.

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