Janet Perry

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Janet Perry (born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on December 27, 1947) is a celebrated operatic soprano. As a child of eleven, she was seen in a stage-version of The Wizard of Oz, at the St Paul Civic Opera. Following high school, she matriculated at the Curtis Institute of Music, under the tutelage of Mme Eufemia Giannini Gregory.

Having earned her Bachelor of Music, she left for Europe, where she debuted at the Linz Opera, as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, in 1969. In subsequent seasons, Miss Perry was featured in most of the Continent's major opera houses, as well as most of its famed festivals, including those of Salzburg, Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence and Bregenz. A particular favorite of the late conductor Herbert von Karajan, she has also worked with Carlos Kleiber, Karl Böhm, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mstislav Rostropovich, Rafael Kubelík and Wolfgang Sawallisch. Acclaimed stage directors she has collaborated with include Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Günther Rennert, Otto Schenk and Giorgio Strehler.


In recent years, Miss Perry has dedicated more of her time to pedagogy.

Abridged discography[edit]

  • Smetana: The Bartered Bride [as Esmaralda] {in German} (Stratas, Kollo; Krombholc, 1975) Eurodisc
  • Verdi: Falstaff [as Nannetta] (Kabaivanska, Ludwig, Araiza, Taddei; Karajan, 1980) Philips
  • Mozart: Die Zauberflöte [as Papagena] (Mathis, Ott, Araiza, van Dam; Karajan, 1980) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Mozart: Thamos, König in Ägypten (Harnoncourt, 1980) Teldec
  • Mozart: "Great" Mass in C minor (Hendricks, Schreier, Luxon; Karajan, 1982) Deutsche Grammophon
  • R.Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier [as Sophie] (Tomowa-Sintow, Baltsa, Moll; Karajan, 1982) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Beethoven: Ninth Symphony (Baltsa, Cole, van Dam; Karajan, 1983) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Bruckner: Te Deum (Karajan, 1984) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Mercadante: Il bravo (Aprea, 1990) [live] Nuova Era

Abridged videography[edit]

  • Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro [as Barbarina] (Freni, Te Kanawa, Ewing, Prey, Fischer-Dieskau; Böhm, Ponnelle, 1976)
  • Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria [as Melanto] (Hollweg, Schmidt, Araiza, Estes; Harnoncourt, Ponnelle, 1979)
  • Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea [as Drusilla] (Yakar, Tappy, Araiza, Salminen; Harnoncourt, Ponnelle, 1980)
  • Verdi: Falstaff (Kabaivanska, Ludwig, Araiza, Taddei; Karajan, Karajan, 1982) [live]
  • R.Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (Tomowa-Sintow, Baltsa, Moll; Karajan, Karajan, 1984) [live]
  • J.Strauß II: Die Fledermaus [as Adele] (Coburn, Faßbaender, Wächter; C.Kleiber, Schenk, 1987) [live]

External links[edit]

  • Miss Perry's web-site: [1]
  • [2] YouTube: Janet Perry in an excerpt from Der Rosenkavalier (1984).
  • The Essential Janet Perry [3].