Soprano and Salon/Sanctuary Founder and Artistic Director Jessica Gould enjoys consistent critical praise for compelling performances, innovative recordings, and pioneering research projects that view history through the prism of music. In June 2017, Villa Finaly, the Florentine branch of La Chancellerie des Universités de Paris La Sorbonne, honored her with an invitation to embark on an annual residency to conceive, research, and perform original concert programs that celebrate the historical ties between France and Italy. As a soprano, she has been noted for "a dramatic intensity that honored the texts" (The New York Times), for "expansive range, coloratura facility, and multi-hued, powerful sound" (Seen and Heard International), “gorgeous melismatic singing (Voce di Meche) and for having "reached the heart of an enraptured English audience" (Traditional Music Maker, UK).
Among her recordings is the MV Cremona releases I Viaggi Caravaggio with lutenist Diego Cantalupi and I Diletti di Mazzarino with L'Aura Soave Cremona, and the New World Records CD Tell the Birds, in which Jessica joins forces with actor Roger Rees and the Paul Dresher Ensemble in works of composer Eve Beglarian. American radio broadcasts of both live and recorded performances include WQXR, NPR, WWFM, WKCR, and MPR, among others.
In her capacity as Artistic Director of Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, her original programming featuring repertoire from the 8th to 18th centuries has been praised as "impeccably curated" by Time Out New York, "highly original" by The New York Times, and "imaginative" by New York Magazine. Bilingual in Italian and English, she holds the honor of being the only American ever to have been invited to create original concert programs for four notable Florentine institutions – Palazzo Bardi, Palazzo Gondi, Palazzo Guicciardini, and L’Associazione per Boboli, among others.
Chamber music performances include The Guggenheim Works & Process Series with The Cassatt Quartet, The Beinecke Library at Yale University, The Clarion Society, Sinfonia New York, The Four Nations Ensemble, The Virginia Arts Festival, The American Philosophical Society, and as well as guest soloist appearances with numerous ensembles. Presenters abroad include the Istituto Francese, Martedì in Arte at the Palazzo Davanzati, Casa Martelli, the Church of Santissima Annunziata, the Museo di Arte Sacra in Tuscany, Scandicci Cultura, and the Library of the Museo di San Marco (Florence), the Chiesa di Santa Barbara dei Librari, Primavera in Musica (Rome), the UK Lute Society (London) and Hengrave Hall (Bury St. Edmunds, UK).
From Ghetto to Cappella, her original program commemorating the 500th anniversary of the creation of the Venetian Ghetto, was chosen by Carnegie Hall for inclusion in its La Serenissima Festival in 2017. In 2016, the program received the patrocinio of the Comune di Sabbioneta, Italy, where it was performed in the Teatro all’Antica, a UNESCO World Heritage site, one of three remaining Renaissance Theaters in the world, constructed in 1590. Previous to the Sabbioneta concert, From Ghetto to Cappella was presented by the Great Synagogue of Florence, Italy after being premiered in New York City at the St. Paul’s Chapel of Columbia University.
"An extraordinary voice, very clear diction, rich and inimitable sound"
– Monica Huggett
"A dramatic intensity that honored the texts" – The New York Times