Soprano Jolle Greenleaf is one of today’s foremost figures in the field of early music. Balancing a career as a leading soloist and an innovative impressaria, she is in great demand both as a guest artist and as the artistic director of TENET Vocal Artists, a premiere New York City-based ensemble specializing in early music.
Ms. Greenleaf has been hailed by The New York Times as a “golden soprano” and “a major force in the New York early music-scene.” She is a celebrated interpreter of the music of Bach, Buxtehude, Handel, Purcell and, most notably, Claudio Monteverdi. Her “crisp, sensuous voice” (The New Yorker) has been praised for its “purity and beguiling naturalness” (The Oregonian) and “intriguing beauty” (The Boston Globe).
“A treasured staple in New York,” Ms. Greenleaf was named the artistic director of TENET Vocal Artists in 2009, where she sings and directs the ensemble in repertoire spanning the Middle Ages to the present day. Her flair for imaginative programming has been lauded by The New York Times as “adventurous and expressive,” as well as “smart, varied and not entirely early.” She spearheaded TENET’s Green Mountain Project, whose annual performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 have been universally acclaimed. In January 2020, she is organizing a tour in Venice Italy for the Green Mountain Project’s finale performance on TENET Vocal Artists series.
Ms. Greenleaf passionately fosters the spirit of collaboration and shared ideas. She regularly invites national and international musicians to team up for performances with her and others from the New York-based early music community.