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Soprano Jessica Gould has been noted for “a dramatic intensity that honored the texts” (The New York Times), "an electrifying voice" (Musicweb International), “gorgeous melismatic singing" (Voce di Meche), and “beautiful interpretation” (The Lute Society of America Quarterly), Her recordings include projects for Navona Records, MV Cremona, New World Records, Naxos, and others. Radio broadcasts include WQXR, NPR, WPBR, MPR, and WKCR, among others.


A protean artist whose repertoire spans from the Renaissance to the present day, Ms. Gould deploys her unique instrument of distinctive power, color, and range in the service of repertoire spanning four centuries. Her performances across the United States and Europe include appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum, the American Philosophical Society, the Sorbonne, Palazzo Grimani, and the Accademia Cristofori. 


Ms. Gould’s recent engagements include several performances of the Wagner Wesendonck Lieder, songs of Brahms, and the title role in a new recording of  Alessandro Stradella's unjustly neglected 1673 masterwork, Ester, the latter under the direction of Jory Vinikour. A dedicated advocate of modern composition, her contemporary music discography includes Eve Beglarian’s CD Tell the World, where she is heard with actor Roger Rees and the Paul Dresher Ensemble, and Jeffrey Stock’s Lulli the Iceberg, where she joins YoYo Ma and Pamela Frank in a performance that was recorded live at Carnegie Hall for Sony Classics. Other recordings include seicento monodies for MV Cremona.


Ms. Gould has premiered works by innumerable living composers in performances across New York City, while Mozart roles include Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) Tamiri (Il Re Pastore), Madame Herz (The Impressario), Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito), and both Fiordiligi and Despina (Così fan Tutte). Handelian ventures include the title role of Semele under the baton of Ken David Masur, Sesto in Giulio Cesare, as well as selections from Agrippina with the Ridotto Chamber Orchestra and the Sebastians. Her numerous performances of baroque repertoire in collaboration with American and European ensembles have been in such venues as the Teatro all’Antica di Sabbioneta, Palazzo Grimani (Venice), the Great Synagogue of Florence, Italy and Temple Emanu-El of New York City, the latter in a performance sponsored by Carnegie Hall under the aegis of their La Serenissima Festival. 


With lutenist Nigel North, she has appeared as a guest artist on the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Faculty Series among others. With early romantic guitarist Pascal Valois she has appeared at L'Église de St. Jean Baptiste (Montréal) and Villa Finaly (Florence). Recitals in Venice, Florence, and Rome are a consistent highlight of her schedule. New York City performances include the La Serenissima Festival of Carnegie Hall, the Cassatt Quartet at the Guggenheim Museum Works & Process Series, and the Juilliard School Faculty series (guest artist) among countless others.


An Artistic Director, filmmaker, as well as soprano, Ms. Gould founded Salon/Sanctuary Concerts in New York City, which has garnered critical praise for its path-breaking offerings and insightful program notes since 2009. Having become a filmmaker by virtue of the pandemic, she has garnered over ninety laurels from film festivals across the globe, making Babylon: Ghetto, Renaissance, and Modern Oblivion, her very first film, the most highly awarded early music film of all time. Her second film, O Sweet Woods, a meditation on the pandemic through the prism of early English repertoire, continues to garner accolades. In addition to her singing and filmmaking activities, Jessica enjoys assignments as a published writer of both nonfiction and program notes, and as an Italian interpreter and translator.

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