Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program Presents
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Degree Recital: "Tomorrow, in Dreams" — Jardena Gertler-Jaffe, soprano, with Diana Borshcheva, piano
Online EventHailed for her “delicate yet strong vocalism” (Millbrook Independent), Jardena Gertler-Jaffe is a soprano from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Jardena is passionate about finding ways that the vocal arts can challenge, transform, and innovate in the 21st century. Her personal projects merge classical music with issues of social justice and representation within the arts.
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Jardena has appeared as a soloist with Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble, Concerts in the Village (NY), Victoria Baroque, and the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. Jardena's recent opera credits include singing the roles of The Composer in Bard’s operatic pastiche Rest in Pieces, Dorabella in Mozart's Così fan tutte, Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and Molly/Nephthys/Tahemet in Dean Burry’s opera Isis and the Seven Scorpions.
In October 2020, Jardena was named a fellow in the RBC Future Launch Association for Opera in Canada Emerging Artist Fellowship. Jardena holds a BMus from the University of Toronto, and is an alumna of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, the Pacific Opera Victoria Artist Development Program, SongFest, and Opera NUOVA. In 2018, Jardena was proud to place first in mélodie and lieder competitions in Victoria, British Columbia. While performing is her main focus, Jardena also earned her MA in ethnomusicology from the University of Toronto. Jardena seeks to incorporate her research interests, concerning the construction of musical and cultural identities in the face of oppression, into her artistic practice.
During the 2020–21 season, Jardena has embarked on a number of projects that have showcased her talent for thinking creatively and innovatively. Together with Maximillian Jansen, Louis Tiemann, and Diana Borshcheva, Jardena produced Wherever the Road May Lead, an experimental “walking recital” highlighting the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley, which was released online in November 2020. Her ongoing project Our Singing Bodies, which treats the singer’s body as the site for the negotiation of power and identity, was launched in January 2021. Later this season, Jardena is also excited to perform excerpts from György Kurtág’s enigmatic work Kafka Fragments, perform the role of Mrs. Gobineau in Menotti’s The Medium, as well as sing the world premiere of Yiddish songs by Dan Shore and Daniel Schlosberg at the YIVO Institute of Jewish Research.
Download: Gertler-Jaffe Program Notes .pdf
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Location: Online Event