American soprano Jeanai La Vita is an exceptional artist recognized for her captivating performances and praised for her rich timbre and spectacular top register who has performed with leading opera companies such as New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and the Ravinia Festival. 
 

Jeanai’s most recent performing seasons have included leading roles as Musetta (La Bohème) with New Jersey Verismo Opera, Madame Hertz (Der Schauspieldirektor) with North Shore Music Festival, Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) with Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre, Gretel (Hänsel and Gretel) at Stamford’s Palace Theater, Leïla (Les Pêcheurs de Perles) with Taconic Opera, Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) with Hudson Opera Theatre, Magda (La Rondine) Opera Company of Middlebury,  Clorinda (La Cenerentola) with Capitol Heights Lyric Opera and Fanny (La Cambiale di Matrimonio -Rossini) with Garden State Opera.

 

The Middletown Times Herald-Record praised Jeanai’s performance in Gianni Schicchi with “Soprano Jeanai La Vita as Lauretta is lovely and sings the beautiful aria “O mio babbino caro” with graceful beauty.”

 

American soprano Jeanai La Vita is an exceptional artist recognized for her captivating performances and praised for her rich timbre and spectacular top register who has performed with leading opera companies such as New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and the Ravinia Festival. 
 

A dynamic lyric coloratura soprano, Jeanai offers youthful energy, as well as passionate depth to the wide range of characters she embodies on stage. Additional operatic highlights of Jeanai’s career include Micaëla (Carmen), Marie (Daughter of the Regiment), Morgana (Alcina), Despina (Cosi fan tutte) and Rose (Street Scene). Jeanai was featured as the coloratura soloist in Sondheim’s fully- staged production of Anyone Can Whistle with Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald and Michael Cerveris at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago under the baton of Paul Gemignani and earned the praise of Stephen Sondheim himself, who upon hearing her sing the role said, “Hearing you makes me wish I had written more music for you to sing.” 
 

Jeanai’s debut as the title role in La fille du Régiment was singled out by the critic for Prime Times as “The Marie of Jeanai [La Vita] delighted both sight and sound as her dazzling voice was matched by the vivacity of her manners and facial expressions bringing the lively sprite, Marie, to life.”

 

As a concert artist, Jeanai’s master work repertoire includes the soprano solos in Bach’s Magnificat, Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Samson, Haydn’s The Creation, Mass in Time of War (Paukenmesse) and The Lord Nelson Mass, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Poulenc’s La dame de Monte Carlo, Schubert’s Mass in G and Vivaldi’s Gloria

Jeanai also performs in a professional classical guitar/ voice duo with her husband, Giacomo La Vita. In August 2010, the La Vita Duo was honored by an invitation from the United Nations to give a concert at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland for a large audience of international dignitaries.
 

A winner and finalist in major international competitions, Jeanai La Vita received her Master’s in Classical Vocal Performance from Manhattan School of Music and is also a classically trained dancer. Coupled with her outstanding acting ability, Jeanai's mastery of foreign languages, with fluency in French, German and Italian, distinguish her as a first class performer who delivers authentic interpretations while connecting powerfully with her audience.

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