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 MV Cremona, New World Records, Naxos, and Da Vinci Classics. 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’s upcoming engagements include several performances of the Wagner Wesendonck Lieder and recordings of both Stradella and Wagner. Recent performances of Mozart, Verdi, and Wagner operatic selections have been under the baton of Maestro Gianni Fabbrini. 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. Other baroque roles include the title role of Stradella’s Ester Liberatrice del Popolo Ebreo under the batons of both Estevan Velardi and Jory Vinikour, and Intelletto in Cavaliere’s La Rappresentazione di Anima e Corpo under the direction of Stephen Stubbs.
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.