soprano, Jill Feldman, is a leading artist in the field of medieval, baroque
and classical performances. Her highly expressive style combines an agile
vocal technique with close attention to the dramatic content, beauty and
meaning of the text.
It was in 1981, at the request of William Christie, that Jill Feldman joined Les Arts Florissants in Paris. With this renowned ensemble she created the title-role of Charpentier’s Médée; their recording (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 (Harmonia Mundi USA).
Since then, over 60 recordings have followed including five solo recitals of English and Italian 17th century music: Udite amanti Monteverdi, D’India, Rossi, Strozzi, Carissimi (Linn Records), Henry Purcell :Ayres from Orpheus Britannicus with lutenist Nigel North, and Henry Purcell: Harmonia Sacra with organist Davitt Moroney (Arcana), Pianger di dolcezza with Mara Galassi, harp, and Karl Ernst Schröder, chitarrone: Italian poetry set to music by Giulio Caccini and Sigismondo D’India (Stradivarius), and most recently Domenico Mazzocchi: Musiche sacre e morali with harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss (AS Productions).
has appeared as a soloist in the Haydn Schöpfung (Frans
Brüggen), Handel Carmelite Vespers EMI, (Andrew Parrot),
Delalande Motets at the Chapelle Royale de Versailles (Jordi Savall),
Cesti Orontea ,and Cavalli Xerses Harmonia Mundi (René
Jacobs), Stradella Lo schiavo liberato at the Teatro di Modena
(Enrico Gatti), Monteverdi Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patri
at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (Alan Curtis), and the title role in
Marazzoli’s La vita humana at the Tramway in Glasgow (Warwick
Edwards). She has worked often with viola da gambist Paolo Pandolfo (Ensemble
Labyrinto), with Philippe Pierlot and Ensemble Ricercar and with Pedro Memelsdorff (Ensemble Mala Punica) with whom
she has made recordings for Arcana and Erato. In the realm of contemporary
music, Jill Feldman has performed with the ensemble Duix in concerts at
the Villa Medici in Rome, Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, the Ysbreker
Festival in Amsterdam, the Ars Musica Festival in Brussels and the Cité
de la Musique in Paris.