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Jansen, Cynthia Mezzo-soprano
American mezzo-soprano Cynthia Jansen is earning critical praise for her performances in both the U.S. and Europe. Possessing a "rich, warm mezzo" (Los Angeles Times) noted for its "individual timbre and lively dramatic range" (Financial Times), she recently made an impressive appearance with Munich's Bavarian State Opera in the title role of Arnaldo de Felice's Medusa (world premiere); the Neue Zürcher Zeitung hailed her performance as "unbelievably well sung" and described her voice as "wide-ranging, multi-faceted, with enormous tonal scale".

Ms. Jansen recently completed a three year engagement with the Bavarian State Opera, during which time her roles included the aforementioned Medusa, Eduige in Rodelinda, Annina in Der Rosenkavalier, the Duchess in the world premiere of Unsuk Chin's Alice in Wonderland, Mary in Der Fliegende Holländer, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera (cover), Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Clotilde in Norma opposite Edita Gruberova, Hata in Die Verkaufte Braut, Grimgerde in Die Walküre, the Stallmagd in Königskinder, Blumenmädchen II/3 in Parsifal, and Eine Kranke, the Alt Solo Stimme and Nakte Jungfrau IV in Moses und Aron. She was also featured as the alto soloist in Haydn's Paukenmesse in the Staatsoper's 2006 Festspiel Gottesdienst ceremony, conducted by Zubin Mehta.

In 2008-09, Ms. Jansen made her Seattle Opera debut as the Erste Magd in Elektra, returning later in the season to cover multiple roles in Seattle Opera's production of The Ring. In addition, she was featured in the title role of Philippe Boesmans' Julie with Italy's Teatro Comunale Bolzano and sang Mitrena in Vivaldi's Motezuma with Long Beach Opera. Concert engagements for the 2008-09 season included Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the American Youth Symphony, excerpts from Madama Butterfly (Suzuki) in Opera Pacific's "Opera Under the Stars" Concert, Mahler's Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and Verdi's Requiem with the Santa Barbara Choral Society.

Previous operatic appearances include Carmen with Mobile Opera and the New West Symphony, the title role in La Périchole, Juno in Semele and W.A. Mozart in Letters, Riddles and Writs by noted film composer Michael Nyman with Long Beach Opera, Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream with England's Aldeburgh Festival, Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Baltimore Opera, Fort Worth Opera and Tulsa Opera, Maddalena in Rigoletto with the San Francisco Opera Center and Opera Columbus, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana with the Columbus Symphony, and Herodias' Page in Salome with Finland's Savonlinna Festival.

Ms. Jansen's recent concert engagements include Mahler's Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" with the Orquestra Simfònica de Balears in Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” with the Helsinki Philharmonic and Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra; excerpts from Carmen with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Handel's Messiah and Dvorák's Stabat Mater with the Pacific Symphony and Chorale and the Angeles Chorale; Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Florida Philharmonic, the New West Symphony, and the Pasadena Pops Orchestra; Verdi's Requiem with the Modesto and Redlands Symphonies and the Angeles Chorale; Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Angeles Chorale, and the Bruckner Te Deum with the New West Symphony. She has also made multiple appearances as a recitalist with the Ventura Chamber Music Festival and has been featured in concert with the Russian National Orchestra Woodwind Quintet.

She has had the honor of performing with esteemed conductors Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Peter Schneider, Adam Fischer, Phillipe Auguin, Ivor Bolton, Fabio Luisi, Lothar Zagrosek, Stefan Soltesz, Friedrich Haider, Stefan Anton Reck, Lawrence Foster, Asher Fisch, Enrique Mazzola, Jun Märkl, Emmanuel Villaume, Michael Hofstetter, Roderick Brydon, Gabriele Ferro, Andreas Mitisek, Grant Gershon, John DeMain, John Alexander, Lawrence Renes, Johannes Debus, Joana Carneiro and Marco Guidarini, among others.

Among her audio and video credits are the Deutsche Grammophon DVD of the critically acclaimed 2006 Bayerische Staatsoper production of Norma, in which she sings Clotilde opposite Edita Gruberova, as well as the newly released Unitel Classica DVD of the world premiere of Unsuk Chin's Alice in Wonderland, in which she appears as the Duchess. She was most recently heard in worldwide radio broadcasts of Alice in Wonderland, Norma and Moses und Aron with the Bayerische Staatsoper, as well as broadcasts of Philippe Boesmans' Julie on Italy's RAI network. Ms. Jansen was also featured in the 2000 PBS telecast of Central Park with Glimmerglass Opera (world premiere), in which she sings the Elderly Woman in Robert Beaser's Food of Love. In addition, she originated the role of Patsy Jefferson in Glenn Paxton and Leroy Aaron's Monticello, and appears on the original cast recording produced in 2000 by Los Angeles Theater Works.

A native of Southern California, Ms. Jansen earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Southern California. She received additional training from San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera Program, England's Britten-Pears School, and Glimmerglass Opera's Young American Artist Program. She began her professional career as a member of Los Angeles Opera's prestigious Resident Artist Program, performing the roles of Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Tisbe in La Cenerentola, Siébel in Faust, and the High Priestess in Aida. She was also featured as Octavian in exherpts of Der Rosenkavalier in Los Angeles Opera's Farewell Gala for General Director Peter Hemmings. She has made subsequent appearances with Los Angeles Opera as Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Antonia's Mother in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, and Lilly in The Grand Duchess.

Ms. Jansen was a national semi-finalist in the 2000 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a finalist in the 2000 Loren L. Zachary Society National Vocal Competition.

Robert Gilder and Company,
Chase Thompson Associate:
Buffs Performance(s): 5/12/00
Grants awarded: Norma (Bellini)(DVD)

Alice in Wonderland (Unsuk Chin)(DVD)

Monticello (Glenn Paxton and Leroy Aaron)

Website: cynthiajansen.com

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