Janice Chandler-Eteme, Soprano

Soprano soloist on the Symphony’s November 18 and 19, 2017 concerts

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American soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme’s astonishing range of concert literature includes Strauss’ Four Last Songs; Philip Glass’ Passion of Ramakrishna; Mahler’s Second Symphony;  Haydn’s Die Schöpfung; Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang Symphony;  Lokumbe’s Dear Mrs. Parks and Can You Hear God Crying?; the Brahms Requiem; Mahler’s Eighth Symphony; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; Barber’s Knoxville:  Summer of 1915; Tippett’s A Child of Our Time and Britten’s War Requiem.  She remains among the most in-demand sopranos for Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, in staged performances of the complete work at the Opera de Lyon and Dallas Opera, the Bennett concert version under Jeffrey Tyzik with the Milwaukee, Seattle, Detroit and Vancouver Symphonies, Florida Orchestra and at the Vail Music Festival, and in Andrew Litton’s version with the composer conducting the Colorado Symphony. Other forays into operatic literature have included a first-ever Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the National Philharmonic.

Ms. Chandler-Eteme first came to international prominence as a favorite of Robert Shaw and has in the years since collaborated with many renowned and respected conductors at orchestras across America, among them Marin Alsop, James Conlon, Andreas Delfs, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Claus Peter Flor, Hans Graf, Jeffrey Kahane, Raymond Leppard, Jahja Ling, Andrew Litton, Keith Lockhart, Peter Oundjian, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Temirkanov, Edo de Waart and Hugh Wolff.  She has been guest soloist with the Los Angeles and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras; Boston, NHK (Japan), Phoenix and Kansas City Symphonies; Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Rochester Philharmonics; and The Philadelphia Orchestra.  Festival invitations include Bard, Grant Park, Aspen, Prague Autumn and Blossom.

Ms. Chandler-Eteme’s recordings include an inspirational solo disc (Devotions), and the Dvořák Te Deum with Zdeněk Mácal and the New Jersey Symphony.  She holds degrees from Oakwood College and Indiana University, and has studied with Virginia Zeani, Margaret Harshaw, Ginger Beazley and Todd Duncan.