Jessica Petrus, soprano
Lauded for her “velvety suaveness” by the New York Times and for her “brilliant, agile soprano” by the San Diego Story, Jessica Petrus delivers intimate performances of early and new vocal chamber music.
In 2015, Jessica made her Spoleto USA début with a “crystal clear soprano” (Post And Courier) in Bach's St. Matthew Passion, and in Bach's B Minor Mass at the Baldwin Wallace University Bach Festival. She most recently returned from Finland where she was a Festival Artist at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival. Jessica made several notable appearances with Miami-based Seraphic Fire last year, and returned as a featured soloist at both the Central Virginia Chamber Music Festival and at the Staunton Music Festival. She frequently collaborates with the New York-based Cantata Profana, where the Boston Globe recently commended her for her “exacting and sensitive” performance. A core member of Etherea Vocal Ensemble--a chamber ensemble specializing in choral repertoire for treble voices--she can be heard as a featured soloist on their second album, Hymn To The Dawn (Delos Inc.).
Past notable performances include Gabriel in Haydn's Die Schöpfung, led by Masaaki Suzuki with the Yale Schola Cantorum and Julliard415, about which Opera News lauded her “fine lyric soprano.” She also premiered the soprano solo in Robert Kyr's The Annunciation with the Yale Camerata and performed in concert with Aaron Jay Kernis in his L'Arte Della Danssar on New Music New Haven. Jessica has premiered several solo new works by composers, including Zachary Wadsworth, Susan Kander, Jordan Kuspa, Robert Vuichard, and Daniel Carr, whose art songs she recorded and were released on MSR Classics in 2014.
Jessica's 2015-16 engagements include début solo appearances with Three Notched Road, Scrag Mountain Music Festival, Oratorio Chorale of New Haven, and return appearances with The Handel and Haydn Society, Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Lorelei Ensemble, Yale Choral Artists, Cantata Profana, True Concord Voices & Orchestra (formerly Tucson Chamber Artists), Sounding Light, Audivi Vocem, and Clarion Music Society.
Jessica is also passionate teacher and most recently held voice faculty positions at Choate Rosemary Hall and with the Yale Glee Club. She has given masterclasses to university students at the University of Arizona and Baldwin Wallace University. She currently makes her home in Boston, MA where she performs regularly and maintains a private voice studio. When not singing, Jessica can be found trying out a new recipe in her kitchen or taking in New England's bountiful natural beauty. www.jessicapetrus.com