Louisa Jonason
LIFE Magazine: Beverly Sills, Mary McFadden, Louisa Jonason, Cleo

LIFE Magazine,May, 1987. Beverly Sills, Mary McFadden, Louisa Jonason, Cleo

Opera Companies

Vienna StaatsoperConnecticut Grand Opera
New York City Opera New Orleans Opera
Opera de NiceLyric Opera of Dallas
The Dallas OperaNational Grand Opera
Boston OperaHartford Opera
Greater Miami OperaHawaii Opera
NYCO National CompanyPeoria Civic Opera
Santa Fe OperaVirginia Opera
Anchorage Civic OperaIl Piccolo Teatro dell’Opera
Jacksonville Lyric OperMetro Lyric Opera
San Antonio OperaAmerican Opera Center
Cleveland OperaOpera North


Japan PhilharmonicBrooklyn Philharmonic
Taipei SymphonyNorth Carolina Symphony
Manhattan PhilharmonicChattanooga Symphony
Grand Forks SymphonyF/M Symphony
Peoria SymphonyErie Chamber Orchestra
Erie PhilharmonicD’Angelo Symphony
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Distinguished Performances, World Premieres, and Recordings

American Stage Premiere of Milhaud’s Christophe Colombe - Queen Isabella
World Premier of two songs from Oedipus (Yeats) by composer Joyce Suskind (written for Ms. Jonason)
World Premier of Sleeping Beauty by Seymour Barab (created the role of the Queen)
World Premier of Moneta, opera by DeGaetano at Weill Recital Hall
Carnegie Hall: Verdi Requiem, Soprano Solo
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center: Solo Recital
Recording: Lady Melbourne in Virgil Thomson’s Lord Byron
Holds the record for having performed the title role in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in more cities, more times (approximately 300) than any other soprano
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Concerts and Festivals

ArtparkMonadnock Music Festival
WolftrapGreenwich Choral Society
Hartford ChoraleNYCO Community Concerts
New York Choral SocietyOpera North
International Festival of Women ComposersNew Music Festival, Mercyhurst College
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Full scholarship, stipend - Juilliard School of Music
Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Regional Finalist and District Winner
Finalist, Verdi Competition, Busseto, Italy
Finalist, Liederkranz Awards
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Richard Barrett, James Bolle, Richard Bonynge, Antonia Brico, John Burrows, Louis Burkot, Chiu-Sen Chen, James Conlon, Fiora Contino, John Cooper, Anton Coppola, John Crosby, Victor DeRenzi, Bruce Ferden, Lucas Foss, Wolfgang Goennenwein, Anton Guadagno, Christopher Keene, Kenneth Kiesler, Kenichiro Kobayashi, Doris Lang Kosloff, David Labovitz, Steve Larsen, David Leighton, Peter Mark, David Martin, Willis Page, Imre Pallo, Nicola Rescigno, Louis Salemno, Ted Taylor, Peter Tiboris, Neil Varon, Richard Vogt, Willy Waters, Yehudi Wyner.
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Edward Berkeley, Sarah Caldwell, Frank Corsaro, Arthur Cosenza, Dorothy Danner, Jack Eddleman, Anne Ewers, Dr. Delmar Hanson, Bliss Hebert, Jack Lee, King-Man Lo, James Lucas, Ron Luchsinger, Lotfi Mansouri, Gian Carlo Menotti, David Morelock, Kohten Okuda, Filippo Sanjust.
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Doctorate in Progress: City University of New York
M.M. in Vocal Performance: City University of New York
B.A. in Music: Moorhead State University, Full Scholarship
Juilliard School of Music: Full Scholarship - American Opera Center, professional studies
Santa Fe Opera Apprentice
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Opera Roles

Madama Butterfly: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
Cio-Cio San: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
Mimi: Puccini’s La Boheme
Tosca: Puccini’s Tosca
Liu: Puccini’s Turandot
Giorgetta: Puccini’s Il Tabarro
Suor Angelica: Puccini’s Suor Angelica
Salome: Strauss’s Salome
Adriana: Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur
Norina: Donizetti’s Don Pasquale
Hansel: Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel
The Witch: Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel
Micaela: Bizet’s Carmen (Frank Corsaro’s production)
Queen Isabella: Darius Milhaud’s Christophe Colombe
Nedda: Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci
Santuzza: Mascagni’s Cavelleria Rusticana
Donna Anna: Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Vitellia: Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito
Pamina: Mozart’s Magic Flute
Fiordiligi: Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte
Gilda: Verdi’s Rigoletto
Nina Hagerup: Forest and Wright’s Song of Norway (music of Edvard Grieg)
Medea: Cherubini’s Medea
Lady Melbourne: Virgil Thomson’s Lord Byron
Luisa Miller: Verdi’s Luisa Miller
Elisabetta: Verdi’s Don Carlo
Leonora: Verdi’s Il Trovatore
Alice Ford: Verdi’s Falstaff
Elena: Boito’s Mefistofele
Dalila: Handel’s Samson
Israelite Woman: Handel’s Samson
Norma: Bellini’s Norma
Peep Bo: Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado
Elsie Maynard: Gilbert and Sullivan’s Yeoman of the Guard
Antonia: Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann
The Queen: Seymour Barab’s Sleeping Beauty
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Theater Roles

Katherine: Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew
Lizzie: Nash’s The Rainmaker
Rossignol: Peter Weiss’ Marat/Sade
Wife, Couple #2: Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano
Mrs. Puffy: B. Alan’s The Streets of New York
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