Acclaimed for having "summoned up sonorities that were rich, warm, dark, and comforting" (San Francisco Examiner) and for her "elegance of technique" and "vivid vocalism" (Baltimore Sun), mezzo-soprano Janna Critz is a rising solo artist, early music, and chamber musician.
Miss Critz appears regularly with groups like The Thirteen, Mountainside Baroque, New Consort, and The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Recent performances include Beggar's Opera, the Vivaldi Magnificat, Dido and Aeneas, and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Jesu, der du meine Seele. In 2015 Critz was awarded The Virginia Best Adams Fellowship by The Carmel Bach Festival, and was a joint recipient of the 2015 American Prize in Chamber Music with vocal ensemble, New Consort. Janna was also the first-place recipient of The 8th Biennial Bach Vocal Competition sponsored by The American Bach Society and The Bach Choir of Bethlehem.
Other solo debuts include Mozart’s Requiem with The Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light, a modern oratorio, with The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Some of her opera roles have included Ottavia from Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Cornelia from Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Zerlina from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Mallika from Delibes’s Lakmé.
Janna holds degrees in voice and early music from Furman University and The Peabody Conservatory of Music, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland.