Janet Howd began her career in opera singing for the Northern Sinfonia’s Opera ln Miniature series and has since sung roles as diverse as Constanza in Mozart’s II Seraglo; Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte; The Governess in Britten’s The Turn Of The Screw; Erisbe in Cavalli’s L’Ormundo; and Betsy in Kurt Weil’s Das Kleine Mahoganny.
For South West Music Theatre she created the role of The Countess in the Causley/McNeff ballad-opera Aucassin And Nicolette on tour at The King’s Head and for Radio 4. Janet is often heard in drama on Radio 4 and recently devised and recorded Love’s Old Sweet Song, a series on the Edwardian ballad. Janet has performed in repertory theatre productions around the country receiving critical acclaim for her role as Grassini, Napoleon’s favourite chanteuse, in The Northcott Theatre production of The Dynasts by Thomas Hardy. For Nottingham Playhouse she has performed as Mrs Anderssen in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music; Mary Ellis in Deav Ivor; and a very unusual Inez in The Gondoliers.
She has recently recorded The Pleasure Gardens Of England for the Cornel Music Group and as an accomplished recitalist often delights audiences with her dramatised programme From Gluck To Gershwin and her programmes of Lieder in translation – the translations used being her own. Last year Janet founded The International Symposium of Concert Song and hopes to be able to find time and resources to repeat this successful venture in 1988.