Mezzo-soprano JANICE FELTY is recognized as a leading interpreter of contemporary music, having premiered and recorded works by John Adams, Philip Glass, John Harbison, Lee Hoiby, Tod Machover, Judith Weir, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.
Her operatic appearances have included roles in standard repertory such as Mozart’s Così fan tutte and The Marriage of Figaro and Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, as well as contemporary operas such as La belle et la bête, Orphée, and The White Raven by Philip Glass and The Death of Klinghoffer by John Adams. She also appeared in Francesca Zambello’s production of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, presented at Houston Grand Opera and filmed at the Theater des Westens in Berlin, and in Peter Sellars’ film of Mozart’s Così fan tutte.
Felty has performed Bach’s Magnificat and Easter Oratorio with Santa Fe Pro Musica, John Harbison’s Motetti di Montale at Tanglewood and elsewhere, Harbison’s North and South at the 92nd Street Y in New York, Zwilich’s Passages and Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire with New York Philomusica, Bernstein’s Songfest with the Oregon Festival of American Music, Judith Weir’s Consolations of Scholarship at Tanglewood and Cornell University, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Smithsonian Chamber Players. She has sung with the National Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, Bargemusic, the Aspen Music Festival, Théâtre de la Monnaie, Teatro San Carlo, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Washington Opera, among others.
Felty’s recent engagements include the premiere of Philip Glass’ Sound of a Voice at Boston’s American Repertory Theater and at the Court Theater in Chicago, an appearance as Baba the Turk in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with Cantata Singers in Boston, Bach Cantatas with the Seattle Symphony, and Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
Her recordings appear on the New World, Nonesuch, Bridge, Decca, and CRI labels.