Joanna Wernette, Mezzo-soprano, recently moved to Fort Collins from Chicago, IL in the pursuit of happiness, sunshine, and mountains! On the operatic stage, Ms. Wernette has sung the title roles in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia and Bizet/Brooks' La Tragedie de Carmen, and other leading roles as Prince Orlofsky in Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Gertrude in Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel, Nancy in Britten's Albert Herring, and Mrs. Soames in the Chicago premiere of Ned Rorem's Our Town.
Ms. Wernette made her international operatic debut with the Festival Lyrique en Mer singing the roles of Tisbe in Rossini's La Cenerentola and Emilia in Verdi's Otello and returned the following summer to sing the roles of Mercedes in Bizet's Carmen and Berta in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Featured concert performances include cantatas 170 and 199 by J.S. Bach, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, and as a featured soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem. Ms. Wernette has premiered many contemporary works and has recorded and performed a live broadcast of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire on WFMT, Chicago's classical radio station.
She received her Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from Roosevelt University (BM) and her Masters in Vocal Performance from DePaul University (MM). In addition to performing, Joanna has enjoyed an extensive private teaching career in both Chicago and San Antonio and has a growing private studio here in Fort Collins. Many of her past students have gone on to pursue careers in music as opera singers, songwriters, and on the music theater stages of the world. Here in Colorado, Joanna is thrilled to be a member of the Colorado Bach Ensemble, and was a member of the opera chorus in Bravo! Vail's summer opera production of Tosca. Joanna is incredibly excited to be able to work with the students of Fossil Ridge as the school's new private voice teacher.