Pélléas et Mélisande
Jayne West has all the qualities of an ideal Mélisande. Her exquisite musicianship, her excellent French, her feeling for Debussy's idiom and, most of all, the natural soft focus of her tone are a wonderful match for this elusive character, who lives entirely in the present and exists only as primary emotion. The moment when M
élisande lets her long golden hair fall from the tower was utterly rapturous, and the way West can sing "I am not happy" tore at the heart.

-The Boston Globe

As Mélisande, Jayne West quite possibly gave the performance of her career. She filled the role with her silvery, breathtakingly lovely soprano..."

-Bay Windows

Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915
...That West was draped in a just-off-white gown added to the angelic effect of her singing, which grew in wonder and radiance as the song - a child's imagining of life in heaven - progresed...And it continued with Barber's "Knoxville: Summer of 1915"...Thanks to the sincerity of West, Zander and the Boston Philharmonic, you could feel the heat of the sun and the warmth of the family as you listened.

-Boston Herald

Messiah in Carnegie Hall
Mr. Briskin used a chorus of 119, giving it full voice....The Masterwork Orchestra was generally fine, too, as were the vocal soloists, especially Jayne West, a soprano, and Kevin Deas, a bass-baritone...

-New York Times

William Hite and Jayne West were the young lovers, well-matched in charm of tone, clarity of diction, accomplishment of technique, and ability to impart conviction to the blandest sentiments, rising to the opportunity to deliver more when Handel offers it.

-The Boston Globe

...West shined, as in the slow-tempoed Daughter of the gods in Act I.

-Boston Herald

Vietnam Oratorio
The radiant soprano Jayne West and the stentorian baritone James Maddalena were superb soloists.

-The New York Times

Jayne West has a high, pure, strong and affecting soprano voice; I should call it "angelic" if it were not so filled with worldly emotion.

-The Washington Post

...soprano Jayne West sang with uncommon beauty and involvement: Every note was suffused with intent.

-The Boston Globe



Ms. West sings Schubert lieder on Emmanuel Music's 7–year series on October 29th at 4:00 pm at Suffolk University. See the Emmanuel Music website for more details.