Soprano Janeanne Houston has been praised by the Seattle Times as a “radiant voiced and very communicative” singer, by Gramophone as “Unfailingly responsive and dedicated”, by Classical Voice of North Carolina as a “magnificent singer” with “a beautiful voice and stunning interpretive skills” and The Journal of Singing remarked “such praiseworthy singing” and “a flawless sense of style.”
A versatile singer, Ms. Houston has sung most of the major oratorios from Bach to Verdi, and many contemporary works, as well. She is also at home on the opera stage, and has performed numerous recitals throughout and the region and across the country.
Her recent opera roles have been Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Lia in Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue, Elisabetta in Don Carlo, Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Konstanze in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio. Other recent performances include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Oregon Symphony, multiple performances of Verdi’s Requiem in the region, including the performance last year with Bainbridge Symphony and Chorale. As a concert artist, she has also sung for the Messiah Festival of Music and Art in Kansas, and in many performances of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, and Brahms’ A German Requiem. This season she will sing the role of Madame Lidoine in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites with Vashon Opera, and will sing a Valentine’s Day recital at Icicle Creek with pianist, Oksana Ejokina. She has been a guest artist with many distinguished choral and orchestral organizations including Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta, Eugene Symphony and Opera, Great Falls Symphony, Helena Symphony, Spokane Symphony, and Walla Walla Symphony. She sang the Mater Gloriosa in the first Oregon performance of Mahler's Eighth Symphony with Eugene Symphony in 2002. Previous roles have included Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Violetta in La Traviata, Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Micaela in Carmen.
Her recordings are on Naxos, Albany, and the Elmgrove labels. She has been a finalist and a second place winner in the Northwest Regional Metropolitan Opera auditions. Born in Kansas City, Ms. Houston spent her childhood in Myanmar, India, and the Philippine Islands. She has been a member of the voice faculty at Pacific Lutheran University since 1989. Her students have excelled on many levels, and are now singing professionally or teaching the next generation. She teaches master classes for PLU’s Summer Opera Workshop each year, and loves working with young singers.
Learn more about Janeanne here.
Photo: Susan Rothschild