Frequent appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestra, and this year as Carmen at the Boston Lyric Opera, do not keep Jennifer Johnson Cano from offering one of her lovingly crafted programs to the EEC audience. Her velvety mezzo voice will shine in a program that includes Arianna a Naxos by Joseph Haydn, Three Songs, Opus 10 by Samuel Barber, selections from Mörike Lieder by Hugo Wolf, and selections from Quattro Canzoni Popolari by Luciano Berio.
About her 2014 Electric Earth recital in Peterborough, Boston Globe critic David Weininger wrote: “Her voice is radiant and intense, rich in the lower part of her range, bright and precise at the top, with astonishing evenness throughout. For such a commanding singer she also cuts a remarkably approachable persona on stage, and has an uncanny ability to discern and embody the character of each song.”
Ms. Cano has a rapidly growing reputation, having given stunning recital debuts in New York at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, in Washington, DC, at the Kennedy Center and in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. In addition to this year’s success as Carmen in Boston, she has over 100 performances at The Metropolitan Opera to her credit, and she has sung with numerous other companies including the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Arizona Opera, and the Cincinnati Opera. Conductors such as James Levine and Marin Alsop have helped boost her career, as have her recent appearances with some of the country’s most esteemed orchestras, notably the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the orchestras of Atlanta, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and St. Luke’s.
Jennifer Cano will perform in Jaffrey with Brent Funderburk, a New York-based pianist well-known for his work with vocalists and instrumentalists alike.