Highlights of her international career includes appearing as Pat Nixon in Nixon in Chin’ at the Metropolitan Opera , New York 2010, Lady Billows at LA Opera, Bertha at ROH Covent Garden, Regine in Rufus Wainwrights Prima Donna at the Manchester INT Festival, Sadlers Wells and Luminato Festival Toronto, Violetta and the Marschallin at Opera North, title role in Enchantress (Tchaikovsky) at Grange Park, Miss Jessel at Toulouse Opera, Vixen at Licieu, Barcelona, Rose, covering Renne Fleming as Alcina at the Palais Garnier Paris, Countess, Rose in Streetscene, Alcina and Romilda at ENO, Rosalinde Scottish Opera, Semele at Aix en Provence as well as contemporary works by Patrick Doyle, Philip Glass, Birtwistle, Pheloung, Adams, McMillan and Heggie.
She has recorded opera, operetta, musicals and sound tracks for many companies including several operas for the BBC, Chandos: Ophelias Mad scene in Hamlet, Tchaikovsky, TER: Showboat, Streetecene, A Little Night Music, Naxos: The Maid of the Mountains, Virgin all Inspector Morse Sound Tracks, Lewis and Endeavour, Channel 4: (all Da ponte Mozart operas with Opera Factory ) and Richard Thomas’ Kombat Opera comedy series, STV and Granada TV. She has performed Weill with the Matrix Ensemble and Handel with Les Arts Florissants at the BBC Proms; in the UK she has sung Poulenc with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra‚ Strauss with the London Festival Orchestra‚ LSO at the Barbican, Sullivan with the Halle‚ Bach with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Schubert with the Nash Ensemble. An experienced recitalist‚ she has sung at the Purcell Room‚ the Grand Theatre‚ Geneva‚ the Aix-en-Provence Festival and for BBC Radio.
Janis appears in the Hollywood movie The Life of David Gale and in 2010 she gave the world premiere of James Macmillan's Clemency at the ROH (Olivier nominated) with and played Christine in Strauss’s Intermezzo at the Buxton Festival, and recently played Hazel George in the world premiere of Phillip Glass’ The Perfect American in Madrid. Future appearances include a Aldeburgh and the Edinburgh Festival in 2014, as Mrs Julian in Owen Wingrave By Benjamin Britten , the Barber of Seville at the ROH and as Miss Jessel and Mrs Coyle in Toulouse.
Janis has been teaching for over ten years with her studio including eminent singers and students here in the UK as well as in the USA and Europe and was invited to join the vocal faculty at the RCM in 2008 with her first pupil Sarah Jane Brandon winning the Kathleen Ferrier prize in 2009. Notable student successes continue in National and International competitions as well as establishing themselves as soloists on the International opera stage, oratorio, recitals and in the recording industry, and with major agents worldwide. These include Sarah Jane Brandon, Emilie Renard, Rhian Lois, Rosie Aldrige and Soraya Mafi.
Janis’s knowledge and vocal technique is drawn from the in-depth Bel Canto teachings of Martienssen-Lohman by way of Elisabeth Grümmer, originating four generations from Manuel Garcia. Performance elements of text, imagination and curiosity are developed and encouraged as well as active learning skills. She works with Feldenkreis, Alexander techniques alongside Psychology of performance training and throughout the year holds several day works shops, masterclasses and mock auditions.
She is in demand for masterclasses in appearing in Europe, New York and for LA Opera young Artists and was artistic advisor on the ENO Opera Works Course. Her directorial debut was with Grange Park Opera in a much acclaimed Cosi Fan Tutte followed by Iolanthe. Janis also directs scenes at the RCM as well as for Oxenfoord.
A prize winning student herself at the RSAMD and RCM she graduated as a Teacher of Singing and Performing and as an RCM Opera School scholar. A Kathleen Ferrier Finalist, and bursary winner including Countess of Munster and the Royal Society of Arts awards enabled her to continue her vocal studies in Paris with the world renowned Soprano Elisabeth Grümmer and subsequently with Felicity Palmer in London and Jutta Vulpius in Berlin. At 24 she made her concert debut at the Wigmore Hall as well as her operatic debut with English National Opera where she still continues to appear in major roles.
DVDs available : ‘A History of Vocal Teaching’ a unique film tracing her vocal lineage and ‘Singing in English’ a practical guide and personal experience of Catherine Lambert.