Lyric-soprano, Jaunelle Roberta Celaire enjoys a musical career as a teacher, soloist, conductor and performer. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Celaire is internationally known performing music that ranges from cabaret to music theatre to solo recitals to opera. She made her debut with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra in Fairbanks, Alaska, in April 2004, singing the soprano role in Orff’s Carmina Burana, and sang Micaela in Bizet’s opera, Carmen in April 2005. Her many singing roles include, Laurie in Rodger & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma and as Lady Mabelle in Once Upon a Mattress; as Lavina in Mozart’s The Goose from Cairo, as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, and as Pamina in The Magic Flute; as Dido in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas; as Mrs. Hayes in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah; as Anna Gomez in Menotti’s The Consul; and as the Bystrousky in Jánacek’s Pøíhody Lisky Bystrousky, performed in Czech.
Dr. Celaire can be heard on the recording of the Second Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers compiled and edited by Willis C. Patterson. She joined the University of Alaska Fairbanks voice faculty in 2003 and has been a guest soprano artist at several festivals, including the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, the Rio International Cello Encounter in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and several festivals in Europe, the Vianden International Chamber Festival and the Innibos Music Festival in Nelspruit, South Africa. Her current research has her in South Africa, studying the IPA of the Afrikaans language.