Versatile soprano Arlene Travis has appeared as both ensemble member and soloist with many New York’ ensembles, including. Amor Artis, Musica Sacra, Concert Royal, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Voices of Ascension, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Holy Trinity Bach Vespers, the Gregg Smith Singers, The New York Concert Singers, and others.
An enthusiastic performer of the music of living composers, she recently performed Deborah Kaye’s Slants of Light song cycle at Mannes College of Music, and her performance was described as “wonderful” the New Music Connoisseur. She recently premiered Michael Cohen’s Gods World with the Gregg Smith Singers, and has performed and recorded music of many contemporary composers, including Johannes Somary, Stephen Paulus, Ricky Ian Gordon, Richard Hundley, Elliot Z. Levine, and others. Her recording of Mary Jane Leech’s Call of the Dance for New World Records received critical acclaim.
A frequent oratorio and concert soloist, some recent appearances were with Concert Royal in a program of French Baroque cantatas, in Poulenc’s Gloria with the Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale, in Carmina Burana with the Long Island Choral Society, and in Haydn’s Paukenmesse and St. Nicholas Mass with Cappella, New York. She will sing Messiah at several venues in December 2009, including at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, with the American Classical Orchestra.
A specialist in music of the Baroque, she has presented many concerts in the New York City area and at the Boston Early Music Festival fringe, with her period instrument ensemble. Upcoming events include a program of rarely heard Telemann vocal works on the Classical Concerts Series at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church in November 2009, an Early Music Holiday Sampler on the Second Sunday Series at Park Avenue United Methodist Church in December 2009, and an original production about the life of Venetian composer Barbara Strozzi, on the Christ Chapel Concerts series at the Riverside Church, in May 2010. She will present a song recital in June 2010, which she hopes will include some compositions of living composers.
She has studied at the Longy School of Music’s International Baroque Learning Institute, with the Tafelmusik Summer Baroque program, at the Accademia D’Amore (a branch of the Seattle Academy of Baroque Opera) and at the Vancouver Early Music Festival.
Ms. Travis’ singing has been described as “effortlessly flowing and shapely” by the Irish Times, and her performance of Mozart’s Coronation Mass was praised by the London press. She has recorded for New World Records, Vox, BMG, New World, XI and Delos.