Jennifer Zetlan To Release Her First Solo Album With Ricky Ian Gordon

By Francisco Salazar

On October 26, 2018, Bright Shiny Things will release “Your Clear Eye,” a new recording of songs by the multi-award-winning composer Ricky Ian Gordon performed by the soprano Jennifer Zetlan in her solo album debut.

The new recording will see Zetlan accompanied by the composer and will feature the world premiere recordings of Antarctica (Harper’s Act three Monologue) and Night Flight to San Francisco from Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, “Angels in America,” along with “Child, a setting of the Sylvia Plath poem.”

The album will also feature Gordon’s acclaimed song cycle to the poetry of Emily Dickinson, “Too Few the Mornings Be,” a work composed, dedicated to, and championed by soprano Renée Fleming.

Ian Gordan noted in a press release about his collaboration with Zetlan, “I first heard soprano Jennifer Zetlan when I was invited to the Juilliard premiere of Ned Rorem and Sandy McClatchy’s opera ‘Our Town.’ The woman who played Emily KNOCKED ME OUT … and it turns out that was Jennifer. Her scene in the cemetery in Act three pretty much undid me. Then she was in Nico Muhly and Craig Lucas’s ‘Two Boys’ at the Met. Again, her clarion tone combined with her honest simplicity amazed me.”