Haitian-American soprano Jouvanca Jean-Baptiste is fast emerging as a true talent in the opera world, a lush
lirico-spinto soprano well-suited to the roles of Puccini, Verdi, Strauss, Mozart, and the operas of the verismo genre. In her second season as a Principal Resident Artist with Opera San Jose, Ms
Jean-Baptiste will perform the roles of Violetta Valery in a co-production with Opera Santa Barbara of La traviata, and as Marguerite in Gonoud's Faust.
Recently, she sang a successful run as
Nedda in Pagliacci as part of the Principal Resident Enesemble with Opera San Jose. During her first season with the company, Ms Jean-Baptiste bowed as Mimi in La Boheme, as the
passionate and fiery title role in Tosca, and as Tolstoy's doomed heroine in David Carlson's Anna Karenina, her professional leading role debut in the West Coast Premiere of the opera, under
the baton of Stewart Robertson, director of Atlantic Classical Orchestra and former Artistic Director of Florida Grand Opera.
Ms. Jean-Baptiste has also appeared in the role of The Abbess in Suor Angelica with Florida Grand Opera, and previously she sang with West Bay Opera, understudying
the role of Cio-cio-san in Madama Butterfly. She has also performed the title role in Suor Angelica, under the baton of Elaine Rinaldi, Music Director of Orchestra Miami.
Ms. Jean-Baptiste has participated in the Intermezzo Young Artist Program, and she was a finalist and the 2011 Wagner Society of Northern California Winner in the Irene
Dalis Vocal Competition. Born in New York City, she has made her home in South Florida for the last twenty years, and studies voice with Oscar Diaz, Jr., Music
Director of Performers Music Institute in Miami.