Praised for her “distinct canvas of vocal colors” (operawire) and “attractive, luminous- voice” (Gay City News), Anneliese Klenetsky is quickly making a name for herself in the music world. Her versatile soprano voice and musical intelligence has allowed her to explore and perform a wide range of repertoire, spanning Baroque through 21st-century music.
This past season, Ms. Klenetsky reprised the role of Governess in Britten’s Turn of the Screw, conducted by Steven Osgood and directed by John Giampietro. She also joined Juilliard415, singing the role of Clori in Handel’s Clori, Tirsi e Fileno under Paul Agnew. In January, Ms. Klenetsky was featured in Steven Blier’s NYFOS presentation of “Kurt Weill’s Berlin.”
Reflecting her interest in expanding musical frontiers, Ms. Klenetsky has recently debuted a number of contemporary compositions, including the world premiere of Jonathan Dawe’s Oroborium at Alice Tully Hall with The New Juilliard Ensemble under Joel Sachs. In 2018, she performed the New York premiere of James Primosch’s A Sibyl at the Museum of Modern Art, also under Joel Sachs, and Let Them Eat Cake by Trey Makler at National Sawdust. Ms. Klenetsky also sang the world premiere of Theo Chandler's Songs for Brooches at Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Jeffrey Milarsky.
Equally at home with Baroque repertoire as she is with Contemporary compositions, Ms. Klenetsky recently collaborated with renowned Belgian early music ensemble Vox Luminis as the soloist in Handel’s soprano cantata Laudate Pueri Dominum, HWV 237, at Alice Tully Hall. She also performed with Juilliard415 in a performance of Handel’s Tra le Fiamme HWV 170, and Bach’s Mein Herze Schwimmt Im Blut, BWV 199.
Ms. Klenetsky has been named a fellow at the 2019 Music Academy of the West summer festival, where she will be singing the lead soprano role (Ada) in Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain. Other operatic roles have included, among others, La Bergère in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges under conductor Emmanuel Villaume and Amaranta in Haydn’s La fedeltà premiata under Teddy Poll.
Ms. Klenetsky has enjoyed a long-standing collaborative relationship with composer Jake Landau, and has been honored to premiere his compositions Streetlight, a song cycle about a reverse-love story set to lyrics by singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell; You Always Take Vacations, a song cycle for voice and vocoder; and Les danseuses de Pigalle, a ballet inside a crime scene featuring a musical blend of smoky cabaret and live- processed electronics at New York Live Arts.
Ms. Klenetsky has been featured in numerous masterclasses, most recently in a live- streamed masterclass with Emmanuel Villaume at The Juilliard School. Other masterclasses include Patricia Racette, John Fischer, Dalton Baldwin, Joan Dornemann, Sherrill Milnes, and Plácido Domingo.
While at Juilliard, Ms. Klenetsky was selected to participate in two special residency programs, one with Patricia Racette and the other with Renata Scotto.
Ms. Klenetsky began her artistic and musical journey in her hometown of Edison, New Jersey, with teacher Li-Chan Maxham. In 2012, she was accepted into the prestigious Juilliard Pre-College Division, where she studied with Lorraine Nubar. During her two years with the program, she made her Alice Tully Hall debut with the Juilliard Pre- College Symphony and was a finalist in The National YoungArts Foundation, where she performed at the New World Center in Miami. There she was nominated as a Presidential Scholar of the Arts. She believes that artists are given a gift that demands to be shared as widely as possible. To that end, she has been a Gluck Fellow at Juilliard for four years, which has enabled her to bring music to audiences in hospitals, nursing homes, and other underserved communities.
Ms. Klenetsky holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she is currently pursuing her Master’s degree studying under Sanford Sylvan. She is a proud recipient of the Allen R. and Judy Brick Freedman scholarship and the Rise Stevens Scholarship.