Janna Kysilko is a versatile soprano with a performance history that ranges from baroque opera to contemporary art song. While a graduate student at The Eastman School of Music, she studied baroque performance practice with Paul O’Dette, performed with one of his collegium groups, and also appeared in opera workshops as Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and Sophie in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. Recent operatic roles in the Twin Cities include Amore in La Dafne with Bold North Baroque Opera at the Twin Cities Early Music Festival, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and Jenny in Sondheim’s Company at Century Theatre. Janna can also regularly be seen singing with Opera on Tap Minneapolis, performing arias and scenes in a fun, casual setting.
Notable concert appearances include performances on the Schubert Club’s Courtroom Concert Series and the Thursday Musical Artist Series, a guest solo with the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra in Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, and solos with the Festival Chorale of her alma mater, Macalester College. With a particular love of German Lieder inspired by her years living in Vienna, she has collaborated with many fine keyboardists in art song performances, including Shih-Hsing Chang, Kola Owolabi, and Kristian Bezuidenhout while at Eastman, as well as with Barbara Brooks, Christine Dahl, and Gail Olszewski in her native Twin Cities.