Jouvanca Jean-baptiste

Jouvanca Jean-baptiste

Lirico Spinto Soprano

"She moves through Verdi's impressive vocal leaps with heart-warming smoothness and graceful phrases."
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San Francisco Examiner (2016)
«"And then there was Jouvanca Jean-Baptiste. None of the contestants had more personality, more expression, particularly as Electra singing “Oreste, d’Ajace.” If Halmic’s Electra was sensual and desperate. Jean-Baptiste’s was pure psychopath. She was riveting."»
San Francisco Classical voice (2016)
«"[She] brought her own youthful spirit and interpretive feel to the performance. In the second act, one of the most powerful in all of opera, she achieved much the same level of suspense as Thomson in her sparring with the police chief Scarpia, played in all performances by the baritone Todd Thomas. Jean-Baptiste’s cries of horror at the torture of her lover Cavaradossi lost none of their drama for being rendered in her smooth, effortless voice, and her 'Vissi d’arte' was silken in texture and poignant."»
South florida Classical Review (2016)
2017Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosAriadne
2016Gershwin: Porgy and BessSerena
2016Gershwin: Porgy and BessSerena
2016Gershwin: Porgy and BessSerena
2014Puccini: ToscaFloria Tosca
2014Verdi: NabuccoAbigaille
2014Verdi: NabuccoAnna
2013Levy: Mourning Becomes ElectraChristine
2012Gounod: FaustMarguerite
2012Verdi: La TraviataVioletta Valéry
2012Menotti: Amahl and the Night VisitorsAmahl's Mother
2011Leoncavallo: PagliacciNedda
2011Puccini: La BohèmeMimì
2010Carlson: Anna KareninaAnna Karenina
2007Puccini: Suor AngelicaAngelica

Bio


Haitian-American international soprano Jouvanca Jean-Baptiste has been hailed for her "impressive singing” and “big, Verdian lyric dramatic sound”. She is fast emerging as a true talent in the opera world, a lush soprano well-suited to the roles of Puccini, Verdi, Strauss, Mozart, and the operas of the verismo genre. For the 2017 season, she will make her role debut as the Prima Donna/Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos with Lowell House Opera. During the summer of 2016, she covered the role of Bess and performed as Serena in Porgy and Bess with New York Harlem Productions tour of the opera in Germany at the Semperoper Dresden, the Hamburgische Staatsoper, and Alte Oper Frankfurt. She has also been heard in concert performing the orchestral work Beyond the Silence of Sorrow, by acclaimed Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra, and Beethoven’s rarely heard ‘No, non turbarti’ with Orchestra Miami. Highlights for the 2013-14 season included her debuts as Floria Tosca in Tosca and Anna in Nabucco with Florida Grand Opera, both under the baton of esteemed Spanish conductor Ramon Tébar, as well as having covered the roles of Christine Mannon in Marvin David Levy'sMourning Becomes Electraand Abigaille in Nabucco as a member of the company’s prestigious Young Artists Program.The 2012-13 season began with her debut with Orchestra Miami in the role of The Mother in their production of Amahl and the Night Visitors; Ms. Jean-Baptiste also created the role of Athena in The Head of Medusa, written by South Florida composer Michael Ross.As a Principal Resident Artist for two seasons with Opera San Jose, she performed Marguerite in Gonoud's Faust, sang a critically-acclaimed run as Violetta Valery in La traviata, a co-production with Opera Santa Barbara, and sang a string of successful performances as Nedda in Pagliacci, Mimi in La boheme, the title role in Tosca, and as Tolstoy's doomed heroine in David Carlson's Anna Karenina, in the West Coast Premiere of the opera.Ms. Jean-Baptiste has also performed the title role in Suor Angelica with the Intermezzo Opera Festival, and has sung for acclaimed soprano Marilyn Mims and renowned Verdi baritone Sherrill Milnes in masterclasses; she was a finalist and the Wagner Society of Northern California Winner in the 2011 Irene Dalis Vocal Competition. Born in New York City, she made her home in South Florida for twenty-five years, studying violin and playing with the South Florida Youth Symphony as a teenager, before later switching her music studies to voice and beginning her vocal training with Oscar Diaz, Jr., Executive Director of Performers Music Institute. She now alternates her time between Miami and Boston, and also studies with Susan Eichhorn Young in New York City.​For more information, and to view video clips, please visit Ms. Jean-Baptiste's website: www.thehaitiandiva.com.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos Ariadne Immediately Lowell House Opera 2017
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess Serena Immediately Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden und Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (Semperoper) 2016
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess Serena Immediately Hamburgische Staatsoper und Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg 2016
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess Serena Immediately Oper Frankfurt 2016
Puccini: Tosca Floria Tosca 1 Day Florida Grand Opera (Miami 2014

Awards

Wagner society of north america award
2016