Called “a great character actress” in the LA Times for her work in the operatic version of Tony Kushner’s play Angels in America, Janice Hall is equally comfortable in the worlds of opera, theater, and cabaret. After living in Europe for many years, Janice returned to the U.S. in 2007. She made her off-Broadway debut in 2012, in Urban Stages’ production of My Occasion of Sin.
Janice Hall’s international opera career has taken her to the Vienna State Opera; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the Salzburg Festival, and the Komische Oper Berlin. In the U.S., she has appeared with, among others, the Lyric Opera of Chicago; the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center; the Santa Fe Opera, and the Houston Grand Opera. She performed as Violetta in the New York City Opera’s Emmy-winning telecast of La Traviata, directed by legendary soprano Renata Scotto, in the “Live from Lincoln Center” series on PBS. Her operatic repertoire has included roles as diverse as Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, and Richard Strauss’s Salome, and she has worked with some of the world’s great directors, including Jack O’Brien, Harry Kupfer, Willy Decker, and Calixto Bieito. Janice is now specializing in contemporary opera, including Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers, and the world premiere of Jorge Martin’s Before Night Falls.
In November, 2010, Janice unveiled her first New York solo cabaret show, Grand Illusions: The Music of Marlene Dietrich, at the Metropolitan Room. Critic Roy Sander wrote: “Some of her interpretations achieve a status beyond merely wonderful; they are memorable, unique, standards against which other renditions should be compared… I realized that I was responding to three forces: the enduring power of Dietrich, the strength of Hall’s performance, and the brilliance of this show and all of its elements.” For her work in Grand Illusions, Janice received a 2011 Bistro Award, and the 2012 MAC Award for Female Vocalist.