Juliet Petrus is recognized for her effortless coloratura and is steadily making her mark as a versatile soprano for both operatic and symphonic repertoire. Recently, she scored several successes in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, which she performed with St. Louis Symphony, Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Lakeview Orchestra. She also covered this part for concerts of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti.
In 2016 she sang further performances of Carmina Burana with South Bend Symphony, Fauré’s Requiem with Kalamazoo Symphony as well as Mozart’s C-minor Mass with the Bach Society of St. Louis. In 2017 she made her European debut with songs and arias by Marc Blitzstein and Leonard Bernstein at the Barocksaal Wien.
As the only highly-regarded Western interpreter of Chinese music, Juliet Petrus recently made her solo debut with the Shanghai Symphony under the direction of Yu Long. Her work with famed Metropolitan-Opera bass, HaoJiang Tian, and his program iSing International led to numerous performances at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, her solo debuts at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, a tour of the US and France, and concerts in Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Tianjin, China. In November 2015, Juliet released her first solo CD with pianist Lydia Qiu, A Great Distance: A Collection of Chinese and American Art Song and subsequently toured Beijing, Chengdu and Wuhan. She will return to China for future concerts in 2017.
Other concert performances include Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Skokie Valley Symphony, Mozart’s C minor Mass with Tower Chorale and International Chamber Artists in Chicago, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel’s Dixit Dominus under Maestro Nicholas Kraemer with Music of the Baroque as well as performances of Ainadamar, the first opera by the Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia Festival.
Juliet Petrus’ operatic performances are equally prolific. She made her Austin Lyric Opera debut as Queen of the Night, sang Galatea (Handel’s Acis and Galatea) with Union Avenue Opera, performed the roles of Mrs. Nordstrom (A Little Night Music) and Gianetta (L’Elisir d’amore) with Michigan Opera Theatre, Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld) and La Musica (L’Orfeo – directed by Christopher Alden) with Glimmerglass Opera, Lona in the American premiere of Emmerich Kálmán’s Arizona Lady with the Chicago Folks Operetta, as well as Lisaveta in Lee Hoiby’s A Month in the Country and Amy in Mark Adamo’s Little Women with OperaModa. Additionally, she portrayed the Mozart’s Queen of the Night in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s “Opera in the Neighborhood” production of The Magic Flute, and as an apprentice at Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Carolina and Sarasota Opera she performed roles such as Queen of the Night, Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Lucy (The Telephone) and Belinda (Dido and Aeneas).
Juliet Petrus received her Master of Music in voice from Northwestern University, graduating with honors, and a Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan. Ms. Petrus was the recipient of Bravo Awards from the Bel Canto Foundation of Chicago in both 2006 and 2007. Ms Petrus is also an accomplished violist and served as the principal violist of both the Metropolitan Youth Symphonies and the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra under the baton of both Leslie Dunner and Joseph Striplin. The Farmington, MI native has US and Italian citizenship and lives with her family in Zurich, Switzerland.