Soprano Jessica Gould has been noted for “a dramatic intensity that honored the texts” (The New York Times), "an electrifying voice" (Musicweb International), “gorgeous melismatic singing" (Voce di Meche), and “beautiful interpretation” (The Lute Society of America Quarterly.) An artist whose repertoire spans four centuries, Jessica has recordings on numerous labels and radio broadcasts.  July will see the release of Stradella’s Ester Liberatrice del Popolo Ebreo on the Navona Records label, with Jessica in the title role, under the direction of Jory Vinikour.

A dedicated advocate of modern composition, she includes in her contemporary music discography a première with YoYo Ma and Pamela Frank of a work by Jeffrey Stock, recorded live at Carnegie Hall for Sony Classics. Other premieres include recitals as a guest artist on the Juilliard School Faculty Series (works of Eric Ewazen) and on the Guggenheim Museum Works & Process Series with the Cassatt Quartet (works of Gerald Busby). Mozart roles include Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) Tamiri (Il Re Pastore), Madame Herz (The Impressario), Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito), and both Fiordiligi and Despina (Così fan Tutte). Handelian ventures include the title role of Semele conducted by Ken-David Masur, Sesto in Giulio Cesare, selections from Agrippina with the Ridotto Chamber Orchestra, and numerous solo cantatas with many period instrument ensembles on both sides of the Atlantic.

With lutenist Nigel North, she has appeared as a guest artist on the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Faculty Series among others. With early romantic guitarist Pascal Valois she has appeared at L'Église de St. Jean Baptiste (Montréal) and Villa Finaly (Florence). Recitals across Italy are regular highlights of her itinerary. Numerous baroque repertoire collaborations with American and European ensembles include such venues as the Teatro all’Antica di Sabbioneta, Palazzo Grimani (Venice), the Great Synagogue, the Biblioteca di San Marco, Palazzo Gondi and Palazzo Bardi of Florence, Italy and Temple Emanu-El of New York City, the latter in a project sponsored by the La Serenissima Series of Carnegie Hall.

An Artistic Director and filmmaker, as well as a soprano, Ms. Gould founded Salon/Sanctuary Concerts in New York City, which has attracted critical praise for its path-breaking offerings since 2009. Her original programming has earned the partnership of notable international institutions, such as the American Philosophical Society, NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, the Fraunces Tavern Museum, Carnegie Hall, and Villa Finaly, the Florentine branch of the Sorbonne. Her first film, Babylon, has garnered over ninety laurels from film festivals across the globe – the most highly awarded early music film of all time.

We welcome Jessica’s second appearance on our concert series, following her performance of Richard Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder here last spring.