Hailed by The New York Times as possessing “a deep reservoir of expressive devices” and by the Los Angeles Times as “dramatically and gratifyingly juicy,” soprano Justine Aronson employs artistic and technical versatility to create engaging performances. Her repertoire spans the traditional and the contemporary, with performances that adventurously embrace the unexpected: crossing a busy street, riding in the back of a limousine, scaling a bank of escalators at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and dodging celebrity supernumeraries at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.
Justine makes her debut with the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl this August. Additional highlights of her 2016-17 season included engagements with LA Phil’s Green Umbrella series, Opera Philadelphia, Beth Morrison Projects, National Sawdust, Brooklyn Art Song Society, Mirror Visions Ensemble, The Copland House, and Art Song at the Old Stone House. Forthcoming commercial record releases include Christopher Cerrone’s portrait album with Los Angeles modern music collective wild Up, and a Daron Hagen portrait album with the Lyric Fest of Philadelphia to be released on the NAXOS label. Justine also premiered the role of Bonnie in Andrew McIntosh’s new opera Bonnie and Clyde with Los Angeles experimental opera company, The Industry. Along with Sarah Goldfeather, she is one half of the bi-coastal voice-violin duo CIPHER, which champions new works by female composers. The duo performed a West Coast tour in January of 2017. In June, Justine was an inaugural fellow at the Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab, an intensive focused on innovative musicianship and compelling performance artistry.
A dedicated collaborative voice, Justine has premiered works by David Lang, William Kraft, Christopher Cerrone, Ted Hearne, Daron Hagen, Aaron Jay Kernis, Thomas Pasatieri, Fred Hersch, Nicholas Deyoe, and Andrew McIntosh, among others. Specializing in baroque and contemporary repertoires, Ms. Aronson has appeared in concert as a soloist with The Lucerne Festival Academy, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, The Bard Music Festival, The String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Carlsbad Music Festival, Brightwork New Music, Princeton Pro Musica, Reno Kantorei, The Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, The Masterwork Chorale, and the Westminster Summer Festival. For the HEAR NOW Music Festival, composer William Kraft personally recommended her as soloist to premiere the orchestrations of his Settings of Pierrot Lunaire.
Justine enjoys continuing relationships with Opera Philadelphia, the New York Festival of Song, The Industry, the Brooklyn Art Song Society, gnarwhallaby, and wild Up, among others. In the traditional repertoire, she has portrayed roles including Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Despina (Così fan tutte), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Monica (The Medium), Nuria (Ainadamar), and Yniold (Pelléas et Mélisande). Previous seasons also included appearances with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, New Jersey Chamber Singers, Synchromy Music, and Beth Morrison Projects, for whom she covered the role of Lisa in the NYC premiere of David T. Little’s Dog Days.
Justine divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she makes a home with her fiancé and collaborator, pianist Richard Valitutto, and their two small dogs, Hennie and Dingo.