The performance hall in the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts is the quintessential storytelling space. The hall’s intimacy allows artists to ‘speak’ personally and directly to the audience. There are singers who particularly thrive in this kind of ambiance, and Jeanine De Bique is one such artist. The young Trinidadian soprano has been applauded around the world for her interpretations of the challenging works of composers such as Mahler, Gorecki and Ravel. For her Kingston debut, Jeanine performs music by Richard Strauss, Hugo Wolf, André Previn, as well as American Spirituals.
Jeanine loves the human narrative, the art of storytelling - and she is brilliant at it. I was taken by the supreme control she had over her gifts - voice, presence, and charm.