Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra guest Jann Degnan
|Mezzo-soprano Jann Degnan has been
noted for the clarity and expressive beauty of her voice and her “supremely elegant” (Meg Page in Falstaff, Opera News) and “captivating stage presence” (Cendrillon, Opera Magazine, England). She has appeared with Lyric Opera Cleveland, Cincinnati Opera, Whitewater Opera, Sorg Opera, Northern Kentucky University Baroque Festival, Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Grandin Festival, Mantovani Orchestra, Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens, Musica Reginae, New York Cantata Singers, and Brooklyn Contemporary Chorus. Her operatic credits include the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Mother Marie in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Public Opinion in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, and Leonora in Scarlatti’s Il trionfo dell’onore.
An accomplished concert soloist, Ms. Degnan has sung the works of Bach, Berlioz, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Mozart, Respighi, Rossini, and Vivaldi. Recent performance highlights include Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Prince Georges Philharmonic Orchestra (Washington, D.C.) and mezzo soloist in Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor with Oratorio Society of Queens. With a growing number of newly composed vocal works in her repertoire, Ms. Degnan recently presented Lynn Kurtz’s A Jewish Cemetery in Newport for soloist and treble chorus with New York Treble Singers, and was a featured soloist in Herbert Bielawa’s evocative 9/11-based work Sanas, part of “Waging Peace” presented by the North/South Consonance Chamber Orchestra, Max Lifchitz conducting.
A Guttenberg, Iowa native, Ms. Degnan received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Iowa. She holds a Master’s Degree and post-graduate degree in Voice and Opera from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and has studied at the Goethe Institute in Boppard, Germany. She is a past Grand Prize Winner of the prestigious Corbett/Triegle Opera Competition. Ms. Degnan makes her home in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn.
She was a vocal soloist in Musica Bella’s June 24, 2007 Chamber Orchestra concert in Brooklyn.
Musica Bella concerts: June 24, 2007