Janine Hawley, Voice
American mezzo-soprano Janine Hawley has achieved accolades for her critically acclaimed performances of roles ranging from Carmen to Cherubino in opera houses throughout the United States. Ms. Hawley has distinguished herself in several productions of Carmen, where Opera News noted that "she placed her stamp on Bizet's Gypsy at her first entrance, a tough provocative Carmen providing the sensual centerpiece for the evening, negotiating all the arias with lithe grace, her portrayal gaining in tragic stature as the opera reached its climax." She has worked with the Washington Opera (Kennedy Center), Opera Company of Philadelphia, New Orleans Opera, New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Boston Lyric Opera, Tulsa Opera, Connecticut Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Sacramento Opera, Chautauqua Opera, among others. Her performances have garnered great critiques that praise her lush quality, dark timbre, technical facility and charming stage presence.
Beginning her career in Musical Theatre, Ms. Hawley received her Equity card at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ performing in Candide and Naughty Marietta. Subsequent performances in Carousel, Sweeney Todd (Paul Gemignani conducting), Music Man (with Bob Gunton), Desert Song, Guys and Dolls, The Sound of Music, and Hello Dolly! took her to regional theaters and opera houses across the country. She was selected as a soloist in a tribute to famed director Hal Prince at the Pierre Hotel in New York as well as sharing the stage with George Abbott in a musical revue. Ms. Hawley has performed in such concert venues as Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Weill Recital Hall. She made her international debut with the Jerusalem International Symphony singing Mahler’s famed Second Symphony in both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. From a performance with the Louisville Orchestra the Louisville Courier-Journal stated “Hawley proved an astute interpreter, not giving too much voice too soon yet eliciting a dark, potent vocal color. In a single song, she provided a miniature dissertation of how to rip open one’s heart, filling the void with sounds of desolate, unforgettable beauty.”
The last few seasons included returns to Chautauqua Opera as Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, Utah Opera for Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Berlioz’ Les Nuits d’Eté with Louisville Orchestra, Opera Carolina and Piedmont Opera as the Second Lady in The Magic Flute, and returns to Chattanooga Symphony for Mozart’s Requiem, Piedmont Opera for Dorabella in Così fan tutte and the Chautauqua Symphony for the North American premiere of “Can Heaven Be Void?” by Israeli composer Ella Sheriff. Janine made her Vancouver Symphony debut with this same piece in May. Ms. Sheriff wrote a song cycle entitled “Songs from the Edge” for Ms. Hawley which had its world premiere in Chautauqua with the Audubon Quartet. Other recent engagements include Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible with the Piedmont Opera, mezzo soloist in Mahler’s 3rd Symphony and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Hartford Symphony, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with both the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Asheville Symphony, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with the Valdosta (GA) Symphony and Fairfax (VA) Symphony as well as the Verdi Requiem at Northwestern University in Chicago.
Ms. Hawley was born in Nebraska, is a graduate of Indiana and Columbia Universities and lives in Kernersville with her husband, Dale Girard and two sons.