Praised by the London Financial Times for her “eloquent dignity and vibrant tone”, and by the Boston Herald for possessing “a voice brimming with richness and confidence”, soprano Janna Baty has garnered accolades internationally as her exceptionally versatile career gathers momentum. Recent engagements include appearances with the Hamburgische Staatsoper, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Tallahassee Symphony, Hartford Symphony, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá (Colombia), Eugene Opera, Opera North, and Boston Lyric Opera. Equally at home in standard repertoire and new music, she appears regularly with such noted contemporary ensembles as Collage New Music, Auros Group for New Music, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. She has sung under Seiji Ozawa, Michel Plasson, Carl Davis, Robert Spano, Steuart Bedford, Christopher Lyndon Gee, among others. She has appeared with the Aldeburgh and Britten Festivals in England, the “Semanas Musicales de Frutillar” Festival in Chile, and the Tanglewood and Norfolk festivals in the US. Her opera roles include the Duchess (Powder Her Face); Alice Ford (Falstaff), Anna and Elvira (Don Giovanni), the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), Vittelia (La clemenza di Tito), Madame Lidoine (Dialogues des Carmélites), Lady Billows (Albert Herring), Musetta (La bohème), La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti), the Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors); the Contessa di Folleville (Il viaggio a Rheims), Mrs. Grose (The Turn of the Screw), among numerous others.
Winner of several international competitions, most notably the XXI Concurso Internacional de Ejecución Musical “Dr. Luis Sigall” (Chile), Ms. Baty is also an accomplished recitalist and chamber musician. She has given concerts across Europe, the U.S. and South America, in the company of such distinguished musicians as violist Nobuko Imai, pianists Claude Frank and Peter Frankl, and guitarist Stephen Marchionda. In addition to her work with Reza Vali, Ms. Baty has worked alongside many composers, including Bernard Rands, Sydney Hodkinson, Peter Child, Christopher Lyndon Gee, Fred Lerdahl, Yehudi Wyner and John Harbison, on performances of their music. Ms. Baty can also be heard on Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s forthcoming Naxos disc of works by Reza Vali (March 2004)
An alumna of Oberlin College and Yale University, she is married to acclaimed jazz guitarist and singer Doug Wamble, and resides in New York City.