Dr. Holly A. Janz
Associate Professor, Voice, Diction
Lyric mezzo-soprano Holly Janz is a versatile singing actress with a voice that is evenly blended with clarity, richness and warmth. She has performed with opera companies across the country including Winter Opera Saint Louis, Skylark Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, and Union Avenue Opera Theatre. Past credits comprise a variety of characters from the trouser roles of Cherubino and Hansel, to the ingénue roles of Nancy (Albert Herring) and Valencienne (The Merry Widow), to the more dramatic roles of Carmen and The Secretary (The Consul). Janz brings a soulful interpretation to each of these characters and does so with commitment and a palette of vocal colors filled with emotion.
In addition to her operatic stage credits, Janz is a compelling concert artist in both oratorio and recital. Orchestral credits include the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra, Greater Grand Forks Symphony, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra as well as Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. Twice a national finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award competition, she is the recipient of the Irma Cooper Award.
Recent performances include the roles of Valencienne (The Merry Widow), La Suora Zelatrice (Suor Angelica) and Meg Page (The Merry Wives of Windsor). She was also heard in a recital featuring the music of John Musto with the composer at the piano for SongFest in Los Angeles, CA, and a cabaret show and opera showcase at Pine Mountain Music Festival with sopranos Lucy Thrasher and Anne Jennifer Nash. On the concert stage, she sang in Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, Britten’s Phaedra, and Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody.
Performances for the 2017-18 season include the roles of Ruggiero in Alcina and Nancy in Albert Herring, as well as alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and the premiere of René Clausen’s oratorio The Passion of Jesus Christ. Janz will also collaborate with violinist Sonja Harasim in a concert honoring living composers, including Richard Lavenda, David Little and James Stephenson.
Janz, a native of Marshfield, WI, is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (BM). She has also received degrees from the University of Colorado (MM) and the University of Kansas (DMA), and is an associate professor of voice and diction at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.