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Janet Villas has been a member of the NY City Opera for 19 years, and returns this year with performances in Puccini's Turandot in the chorus. She's also sang lead roles with George Shirley in Transcendent Voices, and in Susanah and Suor Angelica. She is also an accomplished soloist in the classical repertoire.

She has sung many famous soprano solos at Christ Church in Glen Ridge, NJ, including the Mozart "Ave Verum", the "Faure Pie Jesu", a spiritual of "Were You There", Handel's "Messiah", the Mozart "Laudate Domine" and the "Alleluia". In addition she has appeared as both the Soprano and Mezzo soloist in the Bach "Magnificat" with the Grace Choral Society.

As a cabaret singer, She performed for the Frontrunner's benefit at the Pride Center in New York, and performed with Dreamcatcher Rep theatre for their Holiday Cabaret. She also wrote and performed a tribute concert for Richard Rodgers' 100th birthday entitled, "Something Wonderful" at Oakeside Cultural Center in Bloomfield. Janet also performed a spring concert at Oakeside called "It might As Well be Spring".

She performed her third cabaret show "I Always Wanted to be A Fifth Dimension..." at Don't Tell Mama's in New York City in May, 2002. Neil Ginsberg was her musical director. She performed her solo cabaret act "...But Not For Me!" at Don't Tell Mama's, in 2000. Her first show "Always" was performed at the Ballroom in NYC and was seen throughout New Jersey. Her benefit performance at Drew University in Madison, NJ for the Names Project raised over $850 for the AIDS memorial quilt in 1994. She has also performed benefits for "Hearts and Voices, "the Jewish Guild for the Blind" and "The Race for the Cure".

She was given the nickname "La Villas" by Greg Moore during a chorus job in 1984, to help Janet feel the inspiration of "La Callas", Maria Callas!

She appeared with the Somerset Jazz Consortium in Highland Park at "Random Acts of Fun", and also be appeared in Bloomfield in Venner Park, sponsored by the Bloomfield Center Alliance with Jim Jasion, Bob Balogh and Andrew Lohse.

She has two recordings to her credit. She won the Stonewall Society Pride in the Arts award for 2003 for her CD Something Wonderful. Her second CD CHRISTMAS CARD, is out and is more jazzy. They are both available at Apple itunes and CD baby.

She has sung both the Canadian and American National Anthems for the NY Mets. She's also graced the New Jersey Jackals with the anthems.

In addition to baseball and softball, she has opened several NJ statewide celebrations with the anthem, especially the Maplewood Domestic Partnership celebration and Jersey City Pride. She's also sung the National Anthem at Continental Arena for The NJ Devils.

To Contact Janet:

Tel:              973-748-9369 (home)

Tel:              201-452-2460 (cell)

E-Mail:         jlvillas@yahoo.com

Website(s):  http://pweb.netcom.com/~lavillas/cabaret.html