Born: April 25, 1919 Birmingham, AL

Irene Jordan, a native of Birmingham, is a graduate of Judson College. She continued her music education at Northwestern University, the Eastman School of Music and Kennesaw College. Giannini's "The Medead," a four-movement, forty minute-long musical "monodrama" for solo soprano and symphony orchestra was written especially for Miss Jordan under a 1959 Ford Foundation Grant which singled her out as one of the top ten U.S. performing artists to whom the Foundation wished to show "public appreciation of the richness and variety of America's musical resources at their highest level."

A lyric soprano, Miss Jordan appeared on the NBC television production of "Fidelio". She sang the earthy Santuzza in "Cavalleria Rusticana" and played Gilda in the Philadelphia Opera production of "Rigoletto". She performed with the Metropolitan Opera from 1946 until 1948 and again in 1957, and performed with the Opera Nacional in Mexico City, the St. Louis Municipal Opera, London's Covent Gardens, Carnegie Hall, New York's City Center and Chicago's Lyric Theater.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Irene Jordan (RJC 9901)

V0270. IRENE JORDAN:  Irene Jordan – Dramatic Coloratura Soprano, incl. Songs by Rachmaninoff, Strauss, Liszt, Kjerulf & Hindemith; Arias from L’Enfant Prodigue, I Puritani, Hamlet, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Euryanthe, Il Trovatore & Exsultate Jubilate, K.165. RJC 9901, Live Performances, 1953-69.  Superlative sound!


CRITIC REVIEWS: "…a mezzo-soprano-colored voice knocking off high notes and ornamentation with confidence….In addition to her technical finesse, [Jordan] shapes the music sensitively. I was around during the 50s and 60s and, while it really was a comparatively rich period for voices, I remember nothing resembling her until Joan Sutherland showed up….Why someone who could sing like this pretty much escaped the limelight, I can’t say….this CD is worth investigating….You will find her, I am sure, an interesting and puzzling discovery.”- James Miller, FANFARE, Jan./Feb., 2000






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