Jendi Tarde, soprano
After years working in New York theater, Jendi Tarde retraced her roots as a trained classical singer and found a passion for both 21st century opera and the baroque. Frequently sought to interpret new works, she has collaborated with innovators Kristin Hevner, Benjamin Scheuer, Rachel Peters, and Zachary James. Some notable performances include Gods of Mischief, an operetta by Seymour Barab at York Theater, Warsaw, the Broadway bound opera-musical by William Wade, Animal Tales with Ardea Arts by Kitty Brazleton and George Plimpton, and Prairie Dogs with Royce Vavrek’s The Coterie in NYC. Now an avid early musician, Jendi has performed with the Boston Philharmonic, Harvard Baroque, Ars Musica Chicago, Musicam Sacram Chicago, Orchestra of New Spain, and was a protege of King’s Singers founder, Simon Carrington. Known for her sense of humor and outlandish onstage persona, she has sung everything from Candide’s Cunegonde to any number of kids, critters and lusty maid soubrette roles with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Fort Worth Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago…to name a few. Since coming to Dallas-Fort Worth, Ms. Tarde has performed frequently with Orchestra of New Spain in their mainstage baroque operas and concert series. She also directs the choral program at St. Ann’s Coppell, a 30,000 member Catholic parish and the largest in Texas. Recently, she appeared in WaterTower Theater’s LOOP festival in Mozart’s Muse, an operatic play that she wrote and produced. She is a proud member of AGMA and AEA and a passionate advocate of Autism awareness.