Performances

Read The Boston Wagner Society’s Interview with Mezzo-Soprano Janice Edwards

I’m so pleased with this wonderful interview on the Boston Wagner Society’s website. The Society’s president, Dalia Geffen, sent me excellent questions, inquiring about my first experience singing Wagner as well as my early career as a professional singer. I will be appearing on the Society ‘s upcoming concert, Mythology, Mysticism, and Masters, singing two…

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MAHLER and ME (Part 2)

I am thrilled to announce that I will be the alto soloist in Gustav Mahler’s  iconic Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”) on April 19 at 7:00 pm at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH. This monumental symphony – requiring an orchestra of 100 and a full choir (preferably 100+) – is most likely on…

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The Magic of Puccini

On Friday night, March 16, I once again found myself at the Metropolitan Opera. I was invited by my close friends, Kristen and Chris, to hear Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Hearing this glorious music brought back very fond memories of singing the role of Suzuki, Butterfly’s faithful servant/friend, in – as best as I can recall –…

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Old Songs Resung – Janice’s Labor of Love Concert

Hello, everyone – You are cordially invited to my concert on Sunday, November 12, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957). Many of you know that I have a passion for this composer’s vocal works. I am thrilled that my colleagues Martha Warren, Mark Andrew Cleveland, and Maxwell McGrath…

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The Choirs of Nashua

Ask any professional classical singer how he or she feels about choral singing, and they will either make a face, say “no way, never”, or make some snarky comment.  I am no exception.  Most of us pros have had “church jobs” in NYC, Boston, or other large cities where churches with fat music budgets can afford…

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Update: Tenor Maxwell McGrath

Max continues his climb to Local Tenor Stardom with his most recent success with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra (www.portsmouthsymphony.org). On June 11 at the Music Hall (www.themusichall.org) in Portsmouth, Max made his debut with the PSO singing his signature aria, “Ah, la paterna mano” from Verdi’s Macbeth. It was thrilling to hear Max sing with a full…

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Studio Winners

On Saturday, April 15, my student soprano Kelly Collins, a senior at the Derryfield School in Manchester, NH, won second place in the state-wide NATS High School Festival Competition. Kelly has studied voice regularly with me since her sophomore year, and her vocal technique, knowledge of repertoire and language, and – most important – her expressiveness and…

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The Next Best Job in Opera if You’re Not Onstage

Last weekend, I heard a very interesting piece on WNYC ‘s  informative program, “On the Media”. This episode was part of their “Day Jobs” series. I tuned in halfway through the program and was entranced by a young woman’s beautiful voice speaking about opera. Thanks to online streaming (!), I was able to listen to the entire 9…

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“21 Years at the Met”

No, sadly I am not referring to myself. This is the title of a presentation by a former Met violinist, Erica Miner, which I heard on Sunday, March 19, at the Boston Public Library. The full title of the presentation was “21 Years at the Met: How I Learned to Love the Ring.” This event was…

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“Drawn to the Music”

This is the title of a lovely concert I heard last Sunday, March 12, at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy (a fabulous venue, by the way). This was part of the New Hampshire Philharmonic’s current season.  The NH Phil’s conductor, Mark Latham, always puts together unique programs and this was no exception. I was…

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