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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 with VocalEssence (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!

Recent activities include Prairie Home Companion’s last two cruises: 2013’s Mediterranean, and last 2014’s Baltic capitals; 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 with VocalEssence; and music for Mother’s Day with The New Standards for The Schubert Club & Music in the Park. This season, she’s sung songs of Edvard Grieg with pianist Sonja Thompson for both The Edvard Grieg Society in Minneapolis and the Grand Forks Symphony. In October, she sings the long-delayed premiere of Dominick Argento’s Ode to the West Wind (1957) with The Metropolitan Symphony; Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Minneapolis Civic Orchestra; and in November, repeats August’s performance of Rachmaninoff’s Six Romances op 38 and her own new singing translation of Shostakovich’s Satires, in a benefit for Alexandria’s The Festival of the Lakes (at Plymouth Congregational Church). She returns to Indianapolis for her second set of Holiday Pops with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, where she will also sing Messiah with that excellent chorus and the Indianapolis Symphony.

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.
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Biography (shorter)

Maria Jette has appeared with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston, Kansas City, San Luis Obispo, Santa Rosa, Charlotte, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Austin and San Antonio Symphonies, New York Chamber Symphony and Portland Baroque Orchestra, and for many merry seasons with Ex Machina Antique Music Theatre in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis- St. Paul), where she's often heard locally with Vocalessence, Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and Lyra Baroque Orchestra. With conductor Helmuth Rilling, she’s sung Bach, Mozart and Haydn around the US, Germany, Spain, Venezuela, Japan and Canada. She’s performed her own production of Seuss/Kapilow’s Green Eggs & Ham for over 50,000 kids around the USA. She has been a regular guest over many seasons at the San Luis Obispo Mozart and Oregon Bach Festivals and the Oregon Festival of American Music, and is often heard nationally on Garrison Keillor’s  A Prairie Home Companion. 

2010-2011: Grand Forks Symphony (Britten’s Eight British Folk Songs in the composer’s orchestrations); Miami Symphony (Haydn’s Creation); Musica Angelica, Los Angeles (Bemba, Pergolesi & Vivaldi); San Luis Obispo Symphony (New Year’s Eve Gala); Lyra Baroque Orchestra, St. Paul (Pergolesi & Handel); Vocalessence, Minneapolis (Bach’s Mass in Bm); Music St. Croix (Argento’s Elizabethan Songs); Chamber Music Society of Minnesota (Berg’s Seven Early Songs). More at  www.mariajette.com 
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Biography (longer)
Maria Jette has appeared with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra: the Symphonies of Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Grand Rapids, Kansas City, Charlotte, Santa Rosa and Buffalo; Vocalessence (formerly The Plymouth Music Series of Minnesota), the Handel Choir of Baltimore, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, and Los Angeles Master Chorale; and with original instrument ensembles Angelica Cantanti, Portland Baroque Orchestra and The Lyra Baroque Orchestra. She has been a regular guest at the Oregon Bach, Victoria Bach and San Luis Obispo Mozart Festivals, the Oregon Festival of American Music, and on Public Radio International's A Prairie Home Companion. With conductor Helmuth Rilling, she has sung Bach, Mozart and Monteverdi in Germany, Spain, Japan, and Canada, as well as in Minneapolis, New York, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. In a 20+ year association with conductor Philip Brunelle, she first appeared as the coloratura dog, Fido, in Britten’s Paul Bunyan; and has gone on to sing everything from fully-staged operas by Mozart and Virgil Thomson through oratorios by Handel, William Bolcom and Francis Grier, and in recent seasons, Dominick Argento’s glorious Evensong and Jonathan Dove’s There Was a Child.

Her 45+ operatic roles range from Monteverdi's Poppea and Handel's Cleopatra through Mozart's Pamina, Countess and Fiordiligi, many of them with the late, lamented Ex Machina Antique Music Theatre in the Twin Cities. With The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, she starred as the Mrs. in the May 2002 premiere of Garrison Keillor's operatic excursion, Mr. and Mrs. Olson. She has performed her own production of Seuss/Kapilow’s Green Eggs & Ham for well over than 100,000 kids, with symphonies and music festivals around the USA.

Her lengthy list of premieres includes song cycles by British composers Geoffrey Bush, John Gardner and Ian Kellam, and choral works with  extended soprano solos by Judith Weir and John Gardner; and chamber works, songs and cycles by Dominick Argento, Randall Davidson, David Evan Thomas, Steve Heitzeg, David John Olsen, Russell Platt, Nancy Grundahl and Janika Vandervelde. For her service to new music in the Twin Cities, she was awarded a life membership with the American Composers Forum.

Ms. Jette's discography includes two recordings on the Centaur label: a selection of Benjamin Britten's Folksongs of the British Isles and Mélodies of Gabriel Fauré, both with harpist Judith Kogan; and two recordings of oratorios by the 19th C composer Simon Mayr, Il Passione and Atalia, performed and recorded (for Guild Records) with the Georgian Chamber Orchestra (Ingolstadt, Germany) under the direction of Franz Hauk. She has been featured on several  with Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence, including the world premiere recording (Virgin Classics) of Britten's "American" opera, Paul Bunyan (Fido);  Mozart’s Requiem  (on Avie) with Andreas Delfs, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and St. Olaf Choir; and Messiah with Stephen Alltop and Chicago’s Apollo Chorus.  

Fans of PG Wodehouse and music of the early Jazz Age may enjoy her two recordings with pianist Dan Chouinard--2011’s  In Our Little Paradise: Lyrics of PG Wodehouse, and the brand new (2014) The Siren’s Song: Wodehouse and Kern on Broadway-- both on Wolseley Recordings, available at www. mariajette.com, as well as CDBaby, Amazon, and all sort of other outlets.

The 2016-17 season’s Jette appearances began with a recital of late classical song with fortepianist Donald Livingston, major domo of the new Twin Cities Early Music Festival, and continued with Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne with Philip Brunelle and Vocalessence; a command performance of Wodehouse-related song at the 2015 convention of The Wodehouse Society  in Seattle; Berio’s Folksongs and Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale  with conductor Michael Novak and the brand-new Orchestra Novo in San Luis Obispo, California; Garrison Keillor’s last Prairie Home Companion Christmas show; Peter & the Wolf  with Chamber Music Society of Minnesota; Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with legendary conductor Henry Charles Smith and Mississippi Valley Orchestra; and Rob Kapilow’s Green Eggs & Ham and Gertrude McFuzz with the Jacksonville Symphony. 

Coming up: songs and other high jinks with longtime collaborator, Dan Chouinard, in Crooners’ new Bösendorfer- stocked Dunsmore Room (Easter Sunday evening); Baroque Scandinavian music with Early Music Underground in Seattle (May 3 & 5); a tribute to Julie Andrews and The Sound of Music with the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra (May 1 & 7); Manuel de Falla’s Spanish Folk Songs with the Minnesota Philharmonia and new conductor Alexander Platt (May 14); Poulenc’s Gloria with Raymond Johnston and St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis (May 21); and her 5th Prairie Home Companion Cruise with Garrison Keillor in August— this one in Alaska!

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