Personal Summary / Bio
Whether for her “clear, gorgeous vocal presence,” and “strikining technique and range,” “graceful physicality” or “marvelous sense of comic timing,” Juliet Petrus, is emerging as a singer highly sought after in the recital, concert and opera. The Chicago-based soprano recently appeared as Galatea in Acis and Galatea with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis, commended as having " a voice like glass, so clear and distinct that the text isn't needed when she's singing" (St. Louis Broadway World). Other recent Baroque opera appearances include La Musica in L'Orfeo with Glimmerglass Opera, for which she was lauded as "especially arresting" (Post-Standard Critics, Syracuse, NY) and displaying "fine instrument and style" (Opera Magazine, UK).
Juliet has been seen as a soloist with Music of the Baroque in both Vivaldi's Gloria, as well as Händel's Dixit Dominus under Maestro Nicholas Kraemer. When not singing as a soloist, she also appears with the celebrated Music of the Baroque chorus. Of their recent performance of Händel's L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato, Opera News stated "The evening's ultimate glory was Jon Gray's banner chorus. The melismas in "Populous cities" were dazzling. You won't hear more finely tuned, perfectly blended choral singing anywhere in Chicago—or anywhere else, I daresay." Juliet performs with her sister, Jessica Petrus as part of the duo Tu es Petrus, which focuses on both pre-baroque, baroque and contemporary duets for equal voices.
When not singing early repertoire, Juliet focuses on the high-flying coloratura roles in standard and contemporary opera repertoire, including the Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Olympia (Les contes d'Hoffman) and Madame Mao (Nixon in China). She is a frequent recitalist, often favoring chamber music and never- or under-performed song over standard lieder and chanson. Juliet has extensive performance history and study as a violist and pianist. Her background as a dancer and choreographer has led her to an interest in Baroque gesture, with which she has worked in opera.
Juliet has spent two summers with the highly-innovative I Sing Beijing program, bringing her to Beijing, China for six-weeks at a time to study both music and singing in Mandarin, and the language itself. She loves performing in Chinese, and enjoys bringing this 'new' repertoire to Western audiences, as well as for singing for the highly-apprecative audiences in the East.