From Bizet to Broadway, Jeanette Blakeney is hailed as a true mezzo-soprano and a gifted singing actor with extraordinary depth, range, color, beauty and grace. Ms. Blakeney has garnered worldwide applause and is widely praised by critics alike for her electrifying performances on stage, while wowing audiences with her sassy unapologetic style. She has joined the ranks and rosters of some of the most prestigious Opera Houses, Theatres, and Concert Halls across the globe.
Ms. Blakeney has graced the stages of: New York City Opera, Carnegie Hall,
Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Merkin Hall,
Davies Symphony Hall, Ithaca College, The Met Museum of Art, Opera
Philadelphia, Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, Union Performing Arts
Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Opera San Jose, Houston
Grand Opera, Virginia Opera, Orlando Opera, Baltimore Opera, The Prince
Edward Theater in London, The New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, The Teatro
Comunale in Bologna, Italy, The Semper Opera in Dresden, Germany, The
Dalhalla Festival in Sweden, The Lyric Theatre in Sydney Australia, The Open
Air Theatre in Szeged, Hungary, The Royal Danish Theater in Copenhagen,
Denmark, El Gran Teatro in Santiago, RD, The Queen’s Hall in Trinidad and
Tobago, The Belem Opera House in Lisbon, Portugal, The Mikhailovsky Theatre
in St. Petersburg, Russia, The Kwai Tsing Theater in Kwai Chung, Hong Kong,
The Royal Theatre Carre in Amsterdam, Netherlands, The Grand Theatre de
Geneve, Switzerland, The Palais des Festival, Cannes, France, and The
People’s Hall, Beijing China.
Ms. Blakeney’s Repertoire displays her artistic versatility in a variety of dramatic,comedic, and sultry roles. Featured roles include: The Nurse in Boris Godunov, TheWoman in La Voix Humaine, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Filipyevena in EugeneOnegin, Mercedes in Carmen, Marchellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Flora in La Traviata,Marthe in Faust, Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Amastre in Xerxes, The Negro Woman in The Mother of Us All, The Princess in Suor Angelica, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte,Madame Flora (Baba) in The Medium, Tituba in The Crucible, Prince Orlofsky in Difledermaus, Madrina in Christopher Columbus, Sally in A Hand of Bridge, Isabel in ThePirates of Penzance, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, Maria, Lilly, Strawberry Woman, andAnnie, in Porgy and Bess, Queenie in Show Boat (National Broadway Tour), Bloody Mary in South Pacific, Anitain West Side Story, Morales in A Chorus Line, Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors, Betsy in Big River, and Dionne in Hair.
Equally at home on the concert and recital stage, Ms. Blakeney has brought
Regal bearing and impassioned interpretation to Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Mozart’s Magnificat, Beethoven’s Mass in C Minor, and Bernstein’s Arias and Barcaroles.
Career Highlights: Renowned American Composer, Tom Cipullo, wrote and
dedicated the song cycle Climbing, for Ms. Blakeney which she later premiered
at Carnegie Hall with the composer at the piano. She also toured with living Jazz
Legend, Wynton Marsalis, performing his piece, The Abyssinian Mass. Branching
out to TV and Film, Ms. Blakeney Appeared in The Netflix Series, Orange is The
New Black, as an Inmate, in Season 4.
Ms. Blakeney hails from Sunny California were she studied Vocal Performance at
Chico State University. Soon after her studies she went on to became the first
African-American Principal Artist in Residence with Opera San Jose for three
years to critical acclaim. Ms. Blakeney was inducted into the Hanford, California
Hall of Fame, her Hometown, a most coveted honor. She currently resides in
New York City.