Jordan Bowman, soprano and composer from Idaho is also the co-founder and artistic director of Opera Elect. She has completed her BA in Music (2014) at The College of Idaho with Dr. Mari Jo Tynon and her MM in Opera (2019) at Binghamton University with Professor Mary Burgess. She is currently studying with renowned soprano and director, Andrea DelGiudice. Bowman's repertoire spans from operatic lyric and coloratura roles to contemporary theater and classical new music roles. She most recently debuted the title role in the new opera The Tale of Josephine Garrett with librettist Madelein Bowman. With the help of Opera Elect, she pioneered the New Music Concert Series in Idaho to give local artists the professional opportunity to perform as well as give composers around the world concerts for their music to be premiered. Bowman was featured in many short operas, songs, and song cycles in this series. She looks forward to many more new music and opera performances and compositions.
In New York, Bowman debuted Belinda in Purcell's Dido & Aeneas (BU 2019), First Tourière in Suor Angelica at Tri-Cities Opera (2018), Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Foothills Opera Experience scenes program, concurrently with Despina in Così fan tutte (2018), Lady with a Cake Box from Postcard from Morocco (BU 2018), Susanna from Le nozze di Figaro (BU Scenes 2018), Lucy in the children’s opera, The Billy Goats Gruff (BU 2017), and Chorus in La bohème (TCO 2017). She performed with the Binghamton Baroque Orchestra as their featured soloist for their concert of Baroque Overtures and Arias (2018) and was invited back to perform for their benefit concert, Back to Baroque (2019). She was also a solo performer in the BU Wind Symphony’s John Philip Sousa Concert.
She has performed several world premieres of art songs, chamber works, and opera, including her own, since 2014. Bowman's operatic compositions include, The Fortune Teller (2016), Lullaby (2016), Krampusnacht (2017) and The Tale of Josephine Garrett (2019). Her operas have been performed in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Nevada. She has been a featured composer with HomeGrown Theatre for their Annual Horrific Puppet Affair event.
As a collaboration artist, Bowman placed first with composer Nathan Scalise in the NYC SongSlam competition using a piece from their Idaho Songs cycle, “Big Sky.” She premiered three song cycles for soprano by Nathan Scalise in 2019; Three Hawthorne Songs, Coal Country Ballads and I'm Not on Your Vacation....and Other Cape Cod Stories. She will premiere composer Brian Hosefros' song cycle, Letters to the Child in 2020.
Bowman has been involved in many facets of theatre and music performance growing up. She was raised in Idaho by a wild family of artists. At age four, her heart was set on becoming a professional singer. Jordan explored choir, musical theatre, heavy metal, and oratorio, until stumbling upon opera. She studied her first aria at seventeen after being inspired by Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and never looked back.
Photo: Chaz Gentry