Jill Feldman


Jill Feldman earned a degree in music from the University of California. She trained with Lillian Loran in San Francisco, and perfected her interpretation of early vocal music under the guidance of Andrea von Ramm in Basel.
In 1980 she made her dramatic debut in three productions: in the role of La musica in Monteverdi’s Orfeo directed by Phillip Brett and staged in Berkeley, California; as Clerio in Cavalli’s Erismena at the Festival dei due mondi in Spoleto, Italy; and on tour with the medieval ensemble, Sequentia, in their much lauded performance of Ordo Virtutum by Hildegard von Bingen. In 1981 Jill Feldman joined Les Arts Florissants in Paris. With this renowned ensemble she created the title-role of Charpentier’s Médée; their recording on Harmonia Mundi won the Gramophone Record Award in 1985, the Grand Prix Charles Cros and the Grand Prix du Disque de Montreux. Following her success in Médée, Jill Feldman was invited by Nicholas McGegan to tour in California with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in a solo recital of French baroque music for soprano and orchestra. She continued to perform and record with Philharmonia in their award winning performances of Handel’s oratorio Susanna and the cantata Clori, Tirsi and Fileno.
Since then, over 40 recordings have followed including four solo recitals of English and Italian 17th century music: Monteverdi, D’India, Rossi, Strozzi, Carissimi and Henry Purcell, and most recently Pianger di dolcezza: Italian poetry set to music by Giulio Caccini and Sigismondo D’India.
Jill has appeared as a soloist with Frans Brüggen, Andrew Parrot, Jordi Savall, and René Jacobs. Recently, she incarnated the role of Armida in Stradella’s Lo schiavo liberato at the Teatro di Modena directed by Enrico Gatti.
Jill Feldman teaches at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Zürich, and for the Academia de Musica Antiga in Portugal.