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’s repertoire spans the traditional and the contemporary, with performances that adventurously embrace the unexpected.
Justine returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2018 as an inaugural company member with Yuval Sharon’s The Industry in collaboration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for performances of John Cage’s Europeras 1 & 2. The 2018-19 season also marks returns to New York City’s On Site Opera, Copland House (Mt. Kisco, NY), and Brooklyn Art Song Society, as well as new collaborations with Wild Shore Music Festival (Alaska) and Music for a Great Space in Greensboro, NC.
Last season Justine made her LA Phil debuts at both the Hollywood Bowl (Vivaldi’s Gloria) and at Walt Disney Concert Hall (Schubert’s The Shepherd on the Rock), in addition to performances with Eighth Blackbird, Mirror Visions Ensemble and Five Boroughs Music Festival. Additional highlights of previous seasons include engagements with Opera Philadelphia, Beth Morrison Projects, National Sawdust and Art Song at the Old Stone House.
Along with Sarah Goldfeather, Justine is one half of the voice-violin duo CIPHER, which champions new works by female composers. Since its 2017 West Coast tour, they have gone on to collaborate with Grammy-nominated pianist Pascal LeBoeuf for performances in New York City. The duo was in residence at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Summer 2018.
In 2017, Justine was featured on the NAXOS record release of composer Daron Hagen’s portrait album Hagen: 21st Century Song Cycles, garnering such praise as having the “flexible, immediately engaging quality of the best cabaret singers” (Opera News). A dedicated collaborative voice, Justine has premiered works by David Lang, William Kraft, Christopher Cerrone, Ted Hearne, Veronika Krausas, Aaron Jay Kernis, Thomas Pasatieri, Fred Hersch, Nicholas Deyoe and Andrew McIntosh.
Justine has appeared in concert as a soloist with Lucerne Festival Academy, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, Bard Music Festival, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Carlsbad Music Festival, Brightwork New Music, Princeton Pro Musica, Reno Kantorei, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Masterwork Chorale, and the Westminster Summer Festival. For the HEAR NOW Music Festival, Justine premiered William Kraft’s orchestrations of his Settings of Pierrot Lunaire, a performance for which she received critical acclaim. Previous seasons also included appearances with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, New Jersey Chamber Singers, and Synchromy Music.
Justine enjoys continuing relationships with Opera Philadelphia, New York Festival of Song, 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).
Justine is partnered with pianist and collaborator Richard Valitutto and resides in Brooklyn with their two small dogs, Hennie and Dingo. www.justinearonson.com.
UPDATED JUNE 2017. PLEASE DESTROY ALL PREVIOUS VERSIONS.