Justine Aronson resides at the intersection of New York, Los Angeles, the Midwest, and her own tender heart. She performs works written by living composers and by dead composers, and endeavors to find the nugget of divine humanity within it all.
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 Los Angeles 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), Mirror Visions Ensemble, and Brooklyn Art Song Society, as well as a new collaboration with Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra (NYC).
Last season Justine made her LA Phil debuts at both the Hollywood Bowl (Vivaldi 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 and will tour the Midwest alongside Nick Photinos (Eighth Blackbird) in December 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, gnarwhallaby, 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, and wild Up new music collective, 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 resides in Brooklyn with Henrietta, her twelve-pound terrier mix who may also be part cat or guinea pig.