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Biography
Mezzo Soprano Martha Jane Weaver is an extremely versatile singer, with repertoire ranging from Bach to Verdi to Argento, Broadway, Gospel and Spirituals. Equally at home in the wacky world of Gilbert and Sullivan and the realm of major dramatic oratorio and concert repertoire, her versatility includes such unique experiences as concert and touring performances of Coplands In The Beginning with Cappella Gloriana (a San Diego based a cappella vocal ensemble), conjuring up a character in The Great Broadcast of 1926, a mock Vintage Radio Show celebrating the San Diego Museum of Arts 80 Birthday and recording the voice of Brünnhilde for an episode of the Nickelodeon cartoon Ah! Real Monsters, which was distributed worldwide and is now available on DVD! At the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, with former civic organist Robert Plimpton, she sang An Evening with Madame Schumann-Heink to commemorate the world-renowned contraltos many appearances there in popular concerts.

Ms. Weaver has been a frequent guest-artist with Lyric Opera San Diego, formerly San Diego Comic Opera, for over 15 years, playing some of Gilbert and Sullivan's wackiest characters, including Katisha in Mikado, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, Buttercup in HMS Pinafore (a role she also performed for Nevada Opera-Reno), the Princess of Monte Carlo in Grand Duke and the zany but adorable Queen of the Fairies in a recent LOSD production of Iolanthe. In 2008, the imposing and hilarious Marquise of Berkenfield in Donizetti's Daughter of the Regiment, marked her first appearance in a non-G&S role with LOSD! Other comedic roles include Mrs. Noye in Benjamin Britten's Noyes Fludde, Zita in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Honorine in Harold Rome's Fanny and Hata in Smetana's Bartered Bride. Ms. Weaver's dramatic operatic roles include Giovanna in Verdi's Rigoletto which she has sung twice for San Diego Opera, the High Priestess in Verdi's Aida for Sacramento Opera, Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel for Marin Opera, Waltraute in Wagner's Die Walküre for Arizona Opera and Rossweisse in a concert performance of the same at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA.

Her stellar solo oratorio credits include Handel's Messiah with the world-renowned Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Nicholas McGegan, J.S. Bachs Magnificat with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Bachs B Minor Mass and St. Matthew Passion for the prestigious LA Bach Festival under the direction of Dr. Thomas Sommerville. A sampling of Ms. Weavers other, wide-ranging concert engagements include J.S. Bachs St. John Passion for the Whittier College Bach Festival and the William Hall Master Chorale (Orange County, CA), Handel's Samson for Chorale Bel Canto (Whittier, CA), Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Verdi's Requiem with James Buonamani at St. James (Wilshire) Episcopal Church, Duruflé's Requiem for the Orange County Master Chorale under the baton of William Hall, Brahms' Alto Rhapsody, once again with Maestro Hall, J.S. Bachs Cantata 106 with the Bach Collegium San Diego and a premier performance of Stephen Paulus' Voices with the Pacific Chorale. Some of Ms. Weaver's favorite solo oratorio performances include Stravisky's Les Noce, Bolcom's Songs of Experience, Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Szymanovki's Stabat Mater, Handel's Israel in Egypt, Britten's Spring Symphony, Rossini's Stabat Mater and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis.

Martha Jane is a soloist and section leader at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, La Jolla and a frequent guest recitalist at many San Diego area churches and concert venues. She has also, in recent years, become a noted vocal coach and choral workshop director; currently maintaining a busy private voice studio and a staff position at Bertrand's Music in Rancho Peñasquitos, CA.
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