Performer (soprano)

Soprano Julieanne Klein, praised for her expressivity and warmth of sound, is renowned for her ability to bring graceful ease and beauty of sound to complex contemporary music. An ardent proponent of new works, Ms. Klein has performed in cities throughout North America, including Montréal, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Charleston. Recent engagements include the role of Elle in Poulenc’s monologue opera La voix humaine in Los Angeles, George Crumb’s Night of the Four Moons in Montréal with Ensemble Prima, the Canadian premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Akrostichon-Wortspiel with the McGill Contemporary Ensemble, the premiere of John B. Hedges’ new opera The Girl at the Curtis Institute of Music, and a Montréal performance of Pierrot lunaire with Ensemble Prima. In March 2007 she toured the United Kingdom performing Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire and Ravel’s Chansons madécasses with the renowned Ulysses Ensemble. During this tour Ms. Klein and the ensemble were featured on a segment of the BBC Radio’s “In Tune” with Sean Rafferty. Other European engagements include several performances of Shostakovich’s Seven Romances on Poems of A Blok in Croatia with famed violinist Dora Schwarzberg.

Ms. Klein is devoted to premiering new works, and recently debuted and recorded Luna Pearl Woolf’s Orpheus on Sappho’s Shore with Ensemble contemporaine, which was released on Oxingale Records. In addition to being the a founding member and the resident soprano of Montréal’s Ensemble Prima, she has been a featured soloist with numerous contemporary ensembles, including the SMCQ Orchestra (Société de musique contemporaine du Québec), eighth blackbird, Ensemble contemporaine, Music of Changes, McGill Contemporary Ensemble, and the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony. In 2004, she made her debut with SMCQ as a last-minute replacement for an ailing soprano, performing Petra Vermote’s Tsizj on five days notice with stunning success. She went on to premiere Yannick Plamondon’s L’Ange Casseur with SMCQ on the 2006 MusiMars Contemporary Music Festival. As a fellow of the prestigious Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme for Contemporary Performance, she premiered works by Ryan Wigglesworth and other resident composers. She has also debuted works by Julian Wachner, David Adamcyk, Stéphane Ostrander, Nick Strimple, Neil Middleton, Nik Kambeitz and Emily Hall.

Ms Klein has a particular passion for electronic music, and completed her doctoral thesis in the area of voice and interactive electronic compositions at McGill University. In 2006 she performed a recital devoted to this genre, which included the world premiere of David Adamcyk’s Avant la larme, as well as the Canadian premiere of Mauro Lanza’s Erba nera che cresci segno nero tu vivi and excerpts of Philippe Manoury’s En écho. Her performances of Adamcky’s and Manoury’s pieces were also featured at the 2006 DAFx (Digital Audio Effects) conference. Other premieres of electronic works include Neil Middleton’s Life Had Parted for soprano, percussion and live electronics, and Nik Kambeitz and Emily Hall’s Agauë for soprano, percussion, and multi-track tape. Ms Klein’s work with electronic and interactive music was featured in a segment on the radio program “Cinq á Six”, hosted by Patti Schmidt and broadcast on Canada’s CBC Radio—One.

An exceptionally versatile singer, Ms Klein is also recognized as an accomplished recitalist and performer of traditional repertoire. Her operatic repertoire includes the title role in Julian Wachner’s opera Evangéline Revisited, Frau Fluth in Nicolai’s Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Elle in Francis Poulenc’s La voix humaine, Madame Lidoine in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, and Miss Jessel in Benjamin Britten’s Turn of the Screw. Additionally, she is a featured soloist on the CD “In Good Company,” which celebrates the music of Jewish composers, including Michael Isaacson and Robert Strassburg.

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