Soprano Jacquelyn Familant enjoys an international career that spans the genres of opera, oratorio and chamber music. The young soprano began her professional career immediately upon graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music when she was engaged by the Staatsoper Stuttgart for a three year principal artist contract. Roles there included her debut as Sandman and the Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel , Aloysia in Masaniello furioso, Servilia in La clemenza di Tito, and Euridice in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. Other international opera credits include Eurydice in Orpheé et Eurydice with the Festival Lyrique-en-Mer, Blonde in Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail with Opera Brooklyn, Ilia in Idomeneo, Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Modus Opera, and Blanche de la Force in Les Dialogues des Carmelités. Ms. Familant has won numerous awards and scholarships including a prize in the 2006 Charles A. Lynam Vocal Competition. Most recently, she was awarded a coveted Young Artist Career Grant by the Prospect Foundation. This gifted young performer was also honored in Europe as a Star of Tomorrow by the ARTE Film and Broadcasting Network and featured in an international television portrait.
Ms. Familant has garnered special praise for her interpretations of Baroque and Classical opera roles: for her performance as Aloysia in the critically acclaimed Stuttgart production of Masaniello furioso, Opera News Magazine described her as “a free and unwavering soprano that soared through glittering sunshine.” As Euridice in L’Orfeo, Familant’s performance was described by the Reutlinger General as “compellingly beautiful” and Opernwelt Magazine declared her “a vocally wonderful, flexible and diaphanous Euridice.” For her international telecast performance in Stars of Tomorrow, singing the Gavotte from Manon and as Zerlina in highlights from Don Giovanni, Music Today Magazine singled out the soprano as “the one to watch: a radiant young soprano with a special gift.”
Equally at home on the recital stage, Jacquelyn Familant is known for her commitment to exploring and performing a vast array of concert repertoire. Ms. Familant has performed in concert with the American Modern Ensemble, the ACA American Music Festival, Summer Stars of Ocean Grove, Borderless Song of Ontario, Modus Opera, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Festival Lyrique-en-Mer, the Vermont Festival of the Arts, and the Chamber Music Society of Philadelphia. In the genre of oratorio, Ms. Familant has sung as the soprano soloist in Cameron-Wolfe’s A Measure of Love and Silence, Mozart’s Requiem, Coronation Mass, & Vesperae Solennes de Domenica, as well as Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Faure’s Requiem, and the Rutter Requiem. The soprano has a particular affinity for performing modern composition and has collaborated with such composers as Ned Rorem, Richard Cameron-Wolfe, Demetrius Spaneas, William Susman, Michael Sydney Timpson, and Donald St. Pierre. Devoted to the preservation and continuation of the classical tradition, Ms. Familant regularly performs contemporary repertoire and has had several pieces written for her including Timpson’s Four Poems of Dorothy Parker and St. Pierre’s Songs on the Poems of e.e. cummings.
Upcoming engagements for the soprano include a concert of contemporary works with the Sapphire Ensemble at the Ico Gallery, NYC in March of 2009. Ms. Familant will perform opera arias and ensembles with Opera Lirica Italiana in NYC early Spring. In the late Spring, the soprano will record Paul Salerni’s opera Tony Caruso’s Final Broadcast on Albay Records and will sing a duo recital with mezzo-soprano Justyna Dibiaggio in Bergen County, NJ.
Ms. Familant also enjoys success as a commercial model, actress and voice-over artist: she has appeared internationally in print, television, radio and film. A passionate advocate for music education, Ms. Familant also maintains a private voice studio and is a frequent visiting lecturer at select voice programs around the world.
Jacquelyn Familant hails from Clearwater, Florida and currently resides in New York City. She holds a Master of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music & a high school diploma from Interlochen Arts Academy.