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date: 18 November 2019

Feldman, Jilllocked

  • Nicholas Anderson
  • , revised by Kathleen Sewright

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(b Los Angeles, CA, April 21, 1952). American soprano and teacher of early music. She studied singing privately in San Francisco, and later in Basle, and took a degree in musicology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She made her American operatic debut in 1979 as Music in Monteverdi’s Orfeo, and the next year made her European debut at the Spoleto Festival as Clerio in Cavalli’s Erismena. In 1984 she sang the title role in a notable revival (concert performance) of Charpentier’s Médée, directed by William Christie, at the Salle Pleyel, Paris. She performed throughout Europe, specializing in Baroque roles and touring as a soloist and with ensembles. Feldman’s accomplished technique, her fine sense of drama and a vocal range capable of subtle nuances of color assisted her in projecting an authoritative stage presence. Among her operatic roles that of Charpentier’s Médée was outstanding for its vivid characterization and subtle interpretation of the text. In the later years of her career, Feldman branched out into Italian and French song repertory of the 14th and early 15th centuries as well as contemporary art songs. She has had a flourishing concert career, and has recorded works ranging from Trecento and ...

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