Soprano Maria Jette's wide-ranging career has encompassed everything from early Baroque opera to world premieres, in the United States and abroad. Her orchestral resumé includes The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston, Kansas City, San Luis Obispo, Santa Rosa, Charlotte, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Austin, Marin and San Antonio Symphonies, New York Chamber Symphony, Portland Baroque Orchestra and Musica Angelica;plus Berkshires Opera, Roanoke Opera, Sacramento Opera, and the sadly defunct Ex Machina Antique Music Theatre in her home base of Minneapolis-St. Paul. There, she's often heard withVocalEssence (led by conductor Philip Brunelle), Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Minnesota Sinfonia The Schubert Club and Lyra Baroque Orchestra.
A regular guest over many seasons at the San Luis Obispo Mozart and Oregon Bach Festivals, the Maverick Chamber Series and the Oregon Festival of American Music, she’s often heard nationally on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.
Maria is an ecumenical recitalist: her programs range from songs of Grieg or Fauré through Edwardian parlor music and Latin American chamber music, liberally interspersed with Tin Pan Alley and the Great American Songbook. She’s performed her own productions of Seuss/Kapilow’s Green Eggs & Ham and Gertrude McFuzz for over 50,000 kids throughout the country, with pit bands, symphony orchestras, and even just piano and train whistle!
This season’s activities began with the Prairie Home Companion cruise of the Mediterranean, and included Vivaldi cantatas and neglected Swedish music with the new Minnesota Vivaldi Festival (co-founded with harpsichordist Henry Lebedinsky); the US premiere of Jonathan Dove’s There Was a Child withVocalEssence; Christmas pops concerts with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir; and music for Mother’s Day with The New Standards for Music in the Park.
For more information-- including her two recordings with pianist Dan Chouinard-- 2011’s In Our Little Paradise: Lyrics of PG Wodehouse, and the brand new The Siren’s Song: Wodehouse and Kern on Broadway-- please visit www.mariajette.com.