Jeanai La Vita, soprano
Jeanai La Vita has performed with leading opera companies such as New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and the Ravinia Festival. She is thrilled to return to Hudson Opera Theatre to sing Adele after performing Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi.
A dynamic lyric coloratura soprano, Jeanai offers youthful energy, as well as passionate depth to the wide range of characters she embodies on stage.
Jeanai’s recent performing seasons have included leading roles as Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Musetta (La Bohème), Madame Hertz (Der Schauspieldirektor), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Gretel (Hänsel and Gretel) , Leïla (Les Pêcheurs de Perles), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Magda (La Rondine), Clorinda (La Cenerentola), Fanny (La Cambiale di Matrimonio -Rossini), Micaëla (Carmen), Marie (Daughter of the Regiment), Morgana (Alcina), Despina (Cosi fan tutte) and Rose (Street Scene). Jeanai is also a seasoned musical theatre "triple threat" performer and proud member of Actors' Equity. She was featured as the coloratura soloist in a fully-staged production of Sondheim’s Anyone Can Whistle with Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald and Michael Cerveris at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago under the baton of Paul Gemignani, direction of Lonny Price and guidance of Stephen Sondheim.
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), 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 to perform in concert at the United Nations 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 and actor.