American mezzo-soprano Janine Hawley has achieved accolades for her critically acclaimed performances of such roles as Carmen, Cherubino, and Isabella in opera houses throughout the United States. In particular she was honored as Young Artist of the Year by the Washington Opera, Kennedy Center, while performing the Page in Salome with Maria Ewing under the baton of Gerard Schwarz. She has worked with the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, New Orleans Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Boston Lyric Opera, Tulsa Opera, Connecticut Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Santa Fe Opera, Sacramento Opera, Chautauqua Opera, among others.
Other roles performed have been Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Komponiste in Ariadne auf Naxos, Stèphano in Romèo et Juliette, Siebel in Faust, Angelina in La Cenerentola, and Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, receiving great critiques that praise her lush quality, dark timbre, technical facility and charming stage presence. Concert performances are an equally important aspect of Ms. Hawley's art and conductors are drawn to her impressive musicianship, mastery of styles and sensitive interpretations. She has worked with the famed Detroit Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Omaha Symphony, and in such concert venues as Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Weill Recital Hall. Ms. Hawley made her international debut this season with the Jerusalem International Symphony singing Mahler’s famed Second Symphony in both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Other recent engagements include Mahler’s Third Symphony with the Chautauqua Symphony (NY) and Louisville Orchestra, Berg’s Sieben Frühe Lieder with the Peninsula Music Festival (WI), Verdi Requiem with Omaha Symphony, and a recital on the acclaimed concert series at Trinity Church (NYC). Ms. Hawley performed the New York premiere of Gian Carlo Menotti's autobiographical cantata, Landscapes and Remembrances, in celebration of the composer's 85th birthday with the Little Orchestra Society. She has performed the Verdi Requiem numerous times and when performed with the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Gazette wrote "Hawley's voice is gorgeous and her style so convincing". Her Carnegie Hall debut was as soloist in Vivaldi's Gloria, and she returned to sing Handel’s Messiah, both with John Rutter conducting. Other recent appearances have included the American premiere of Tchaikovsky's Hamlet, with Mark Lamos and the Hartford Symphony, Respighi's Laud to the Nativity and Il Tramonto, de Falla's El Amor Brujo, Handel's Belshazzar, Bach's Magnificat, the Mozart and Duruflè Requiems, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and another Verdi Requiem in Chicago’s newly remodeled Orchestra Hall. Ms. Hawley has further distinguished herself in several productions of Carmen, where the critics wrote "Hawley triumphed as Carmen." 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." Upcoming engagements take the mezzo to Massachusetts for Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Utah for Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Michigan for Maddalena in Rigoletto, Chattanooga for Handel’s Messiah, back to Omaha Symphony for Mahler’s Rückert Lieder and she will perform on her home turf as Siebel in Faust with Connecticut Opera. Ms. Hawley was born in Nebraska, is a graduate of Indiana and
Columbia Universities and presently resides in Connecticut with her husband and 9 month old son.