Jana McIntyre, Soprano
The California native Jana McIntyre continues to forge a path for herself with her “dancer’s grace, mercurial wit, and vibrant soprano tone” (Opera News), “with movie star looks and the poise to match, she has everything it takes to make it to the top.” (Opera Wire).
The 2022-2023 season sees returns to her “home companies” as well as exciting introductions to new venues. With Opera Santa Barbara, Jana will step into the role of Giulia in Rossini’s comic one-act La scala di seta and she will also sing the role of Cinderella in Sondheim’s Into the Woods with Tulsa Opera this spring. She will sing her first of several scheduled Carmina Burana concerts (future season performances and orchestras to be announced at a later date) with the Santa Barbara Symphony and the Seattle Symphony. Additionally, Jana joins the American Symphony Orchestra to sing Richard Strauss’ Daphne as the title character for her Carnegie Hall debut.
Her 2021-2022 season included Jana’s first title role debuts as Semele in Semele in with Opera Santa Barbara as well as Aminta for a new production of Die Schweigsame Frau with Bard SummerScape Festival. Workshop and concerts of recently written music rounded out last season. With the Rally Cat in New York City, she created the role of Marianne in recording and workshop of Aferidan Stephens and Marella Martin Koch’s Elinor and Marianne based on the Jane Austen novel Sense and Sensibility. She also performed in chamber concert with Jerod Impichchaachaaha Tate and Tulsa’s Signature Symphony.
Ms. McIntyre was able to perform through the pandemic singing Norina in Don Pasquale for her hometown debut with Opera Santa Barbara as well as joining the rosters of Palm Beach Opera (Die Zauberflöte) and Tulsa Opera (Rigoletto). She was scheduled to make company debuts with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Canadian Opera Company among other notable returns to theaters which have been postponed/canceled due to the pandemic.
She was recently named a George London Foundation top prize winner as well as a Metropolitan Opera National Council grand finalist. She performed Ännchen in Heart Beat Opera’s new production of Der Freischütz and joined Santa Fe Opera for their workshop of the completed version of M. Butterfly in New York City and for whom she was to return as Sister 1 in Mark Adamo and John Corgliano’s newly commissioned Lord of Cries which was canceled in March of 2020. She also debuted with the Sacramento Philharmonic singing from Così fan tutte and Le nozze di Figaro as Despina and Susanna in their “Mozart Favorites” Concert.
During the 2018-2019 season, Ms. McIntyre reprised the role of The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with Toledo Opera as well as with Opera Grand Rapids. She also made company debuts with Arizona Opera (Le Nozze di Figaro), Santa Fe Opera (Jenůfa), and with Tulsa Opera singing Zerlina in Don Giovanni as well as Water in Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince for which women held both posts of director and conductor. Additionally, she covered La Fée in Laurent Pelly’s iconic production of Cendrillon at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
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