Janet Perry was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. As the daughter of musical parents, she had lessons on piano and violin and ballet, was active in children’s theater productions, and soon discovered an unusual vocal talent which led her to her debut as child star in “The Wizard of Oz”.
She studied voice at the Curtis Institute of Music with Eufemia Giannini Gregory. After her degree, she left for Europe and was engaged immediately by the Chamber Opera of Vienna, followed by the Landestheater Linz, Gärtnerplatztheater of Munich, Cologne and the Bavarian State Opera, Munich. With her career firmly established in the lighter Mozart, Strauss, and Italian opera roles, she appeared as guest in the major European opera houses, and in international festivals, notably Salzburg, Vienna Festival, Glyndbourne, Aix-en-Provence, Bregenz, Granada, Martina Franca, Montpellier, and with conductors such as Karajan, Kleiber, Böhm, Muti, Barenboim, Harnoncourt, Rostropovitch, Kubelik, and Sawallisch.
The concert repertoire of Janet Perry includes important literature from Early Music to the twentieth century. With Karajan she recorded Mozart's C Minor Mass, Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Bruckner's Te Deum, with Kubelik the C-minor Mass by Mozart for television, with Harnoncourt the Coffee Cantata of J.S.Bach, and Monteverdi's 8th Book of Madrigals. Lieder concerts have been an important part of Janet Perry's concert activity, which she has presented in Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal and the USA.
Janet Perry began teaching voice relatively early in her career, she loves to help young singers and share her experience with the great musicians of her time. From 2003-2012 she was voice professor at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern, Switzerland, from 2012 at the Summer Academy of the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and has given master classes in many music academies in Italy. More information on www.janetperry.com