Mezzo-soprano Janice Meyerson has triumphed in opera houses and concert halls on five continents, bringing her rich tone and dramatic characterizations to a wide-ranging repertoire. Since her professional debut as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein, she has appeared as soloist with many of the finest symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, National Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, Mexico City Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, and American Symphony with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Charles Mackerras, Rafael Kubelik, Leonard Slatkin, and Lorin Maazel.
Highlights of her operatic appearances include leading roles with Deutsche Oper Berlin (Laura, La Gioconda), Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires (Amneris, Aïda), Frankfurt Opera (three seasons as Amneris), New York City Opera (Santuzza, Cavalleria Rusticana; title role, Carmen), Théatre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels (title role, Carmen), L’Opéra de Montréal (Herodias, Salome), Florida Grand Opera (Herodias), Vlaamse Opera, Antwerp (Adriano, Rienzi), Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City (Judith, Bluebeard’s Castle), Washington Opera (Baba the Turk, The Rake’s Progress; Mary, Der fliegende Holländer), Opera Company of Philadelphia (Olga, Eugene Onegin), Essen Opera, Germany (Eboli, Don Carlo; Ulrica, Un Ballo in Maschera), Staatstheater Kassel, Germany (Kostelnička, Jenůfa; Preziosilla, La Forza del Destino; Fricka, Der Ring des Nibelungen), Dortmund Opera (Preziosilla), New Orleans Opera (Mother, Hänsel und Gretel), Houston Grand Opera (Suzuki, Madama Butterfly), Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona (Mrs. Sedley, Peter Grimes), San Diego Opera (Mrs. Sedley), Kentucky Opera (Amneris; Old Prioress, Dialogues of the Carmelites), Arizona Opera (Frugola the Cat Lady, Il Tabarro), Teatro Solís, Montevideo (Carmen), Nantes Opéra (Mother, The Consul), Anchorage Opera (Filipyevna, Eugene Onegin), North Carolina Opera (Mrs. Grose, The Turn of the Screw), Opera Ireland (Kabanicha, Kát’a Kabanová). She has also appeared on the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago (Kabanicha).
Festival appearances include Marlboro, Spoleto USA, Bard, Tanglewood, Aspen, Chautauqua, and Wolf Trap. Miss Meyerson is featured on the CD For the Night to Wear, music of Donald Harris, released on CRI. A native of Nebraska, Miss Meyerson earned a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music. She was also a vocal fellow at Tanglewood for two summers. She currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the New England Conservatory. Miss Meyerson resides with her husband, Raymond Scheindlin, in New York City.