With over 16 years of teaching experience in voice, piano and viola, Juliet Petrus, is highly sought after as a private teacher in the Chicago area.
Whether for her “clear, gorgeous vocal presence,” and “striking technique and range,” “graceful physicality” or “marvelous sense of comic timing,” Juliet Petrus, soprano, is emerging as a singer highly sought after in the worlds of opera, operetta, concert and recital.
2013 has already proven to be an exciting year for Ms. Petrus. Juliet’s Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center debut with the I Sing Beijing US Premiere received great acclaim, one reviewer noting that she preformed with “tremendous clarity and improvisatory zest, with her vocalized laughter a particular treat and an impressive in-the-moment ending.” She recently also completed a tour throughout the US, also singing Chinese repertoire. In addition, Ms. Petrus made her debut with the Tower Chorale and International Chamber Artists in Chicago, expanding her repertoire to include the Soprano II solos in Mozart’s C minor Mass
2011 - 2012 was an equally busy and varied musical season for Ms. Petrus. Juliet made her Austin Lyric Opera debut singing Mozart’s epic the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. She also made her first appearance with Union Avenue Opera, singing the role of Galatea in Acis and Galatea, as well as covering the soprano solos in Carmina Burana with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Juliet returned to Beijing, China, only one of two second-year participants to do so, for the exciting and highly regarded I Sing Beijing Program. She was a Finalist in both the Art Song and Opera Professional Divisions of The American Prize Competition.
In the summer of 2011, Juliet made her first trip to Bejiing as a participant in the inaugural season of I Sing Beijing, a program which has subsequently allowed her concert premieres in Washington, , and Paris, France. While there, she will made her debut at both the National Center for the Performing Arts debut in Beijing, and Tianjin Concert Hall in Tianjin. During her five-week long visit in China, Ms. Petrus studied Western and Chinese Opera, and Mandarin working with famed Metropolitan Opera Bass, Hao Jiang Tian.
Recently, Ms. Petrus made her first solo appearance with Music of the Baroque, under the baton of Nicholas Kraemer at the Harris Theatre in Chicago. Also at the Harris, Ms. Petrus appeared as a part of the Kraft Kids’ Family Concert Series with the New Millennium Orchestra and Maestro Francesco Milioto, with whom she frequently collaborates.
Ms. Petrus was invited back to Michigan Opera Theatre to sing the role of Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music, starring Leslie Uggams and Ron Raines, after singing a successful Gianetta in L’Elisir d’Amore for them in 2009. Juliet returned to Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, New York as a Young American Artist in 2008, where she also spent the 2007 season. In 2007, she made her Glimmerglass mainstage debut, receiving high acclaim for stepping into the role of Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld on opening night of the season. She was likewise applauded for her work as La Musica in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, directed by Christopher Alden. She has sung Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Skokie Valley Symphony, again under Mo. Milioto. With Chicago Folks Operetta, she sang Lona in the American Premiere of Emmerich Kalman’s Arizona Lady. She has been seen as the Queen of the Night in the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera in the Neighborhood’s production of The Magic Flute; Lisaveta in A Month in the Country, and Amy in Little Women with OperaModa. She spent three seasons with Opera for the Young in Wisconsin, being seen as The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Harp in Orpheus Returns, and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. Other favorite roles include Lucy in The Telephone, and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas. She was an apprentice with Sarasota Opera and a young artist with Opera Carolina. Ms. Petrus was also the recipient of Bravo Awards from the Bel Canto Foundation of Chicago in both 2006 and 2007, as well as a semi-finalist in 2006.
From plays to chamber music, Ms. Petrus devotes much of her time to the creation and performance of contemporary works. She was recently seen as Violet Beauregard in a workshop of Peter Ash’s The Golden Ticket with the American Lyric Theatre in New York City. She originated the role of Realist in Stephen Rush’s electronic opera, vidGod, as a guest artist at the University of Michigan and would go on to perform the role again at the Landestheatre Tübingen in Germany. She premiered Steven Dembski’s Fool’s Paradise at the Performing Imagination Festival in Evanston, IL. Juliet also served as the vocalist in the multi-disciplinary performance group, Weave Soundpainting Orchestra, in Chicago. She also participates in the readings of new plays and musicals in Chicago.
Juliet is also a frequent recitalist. She enjoys not only standard art song repertoire, but also introducing her audiences to new, or underperformed works. This often results in creating thematic evenings of beautiful, interesting and eclectic musical fare. Because of her background as an instrumentalist, Juliet especially enjoys performing vocal chamber music involving instruments than piano. Her performance of The Juliet Letters (Costello) for voice and string quartet at Glimmerglass Opera were highly praised. This season, Juliet appears in recital with Singers on New Ground (S O N G), the Broadway Performing Arts Series in Chicago, and VOX 3 Collective all in Chicago. Juliet also, however, feels at home in the world of early music, and performs with her sister, Jessica Petrus, an early music specialist, as part of the duo Tu es Petrus, which focuses on both pre-baroque, baroque and contemporary duets for equal voices.
The Farmington, MI native received her Master of Music in voice from Northwestern University, graduating with a , and a Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan. Juliet has an extensive dance background, beginning as a choreographer and performer in musical theatre. Juliet is also a dedicated educator and teaching artist working for the City Colleges of Chicago and Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as maintaining a private studio. Also an accomplished violist and pianist, Juliet currently freelances in Chicago, where she lives with her husband and their young son.
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