OPERAnauts Performing Artist, Lyric Soprano
By the time Joy Bechtler was a teenager, she had already experienced more of the world than most people see in a lifetime. The daughter of a surgeon who directed international projects, the family moved to Africa, then Europe, and finally the US. Ms. Bechtler’s mother was a trained singer who nurtured her daughter’s musical gift by insisting that a piano accompany every family move.
Each new culture imbued Joy with its unique rhythm of both music and language. There were the distinctive beats of Africa, the romantic Paris, classical Vienna, and the evolving folk music of Southern California. These events broadened Ms. Bechtler’s love of music and languages even as she was developing her rich and expressive voice.
Ms. Bechtler studied music theory and orchestration with conductor Franco Autori and subsequently earned her master of music degree in voice from the University of Southern California. She has sung and performed in Italy and Israel with coaches and conductors of the Metropolitan Opera.
“…A most appealing and expressive voice, excellent musician, and convincing actress,” states Nico Castel, Opera Diction Coach at the Metropolitan Opera about Ms. Bechtler.
From New York City to Italy, the Caribbean, and Sri Lanka, Ms. Bechtler imbues each opera performance with her singular vocal talents and life experience. Her many roles demonstrate her vocal breadth and her theatrical range, whether it’s performing Amahl’s Mother in Menotti’s opera or Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème, Poulenc’s Mme. Lidoine, or Mozart’s Contessa Almaviva.
Ms. Bechtler possesses a wide-ranging concert repertoire, including the soprano solo from Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, Poulenc’s Gloria, the Rossini Stabat Mater, the Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio, and orchestrated songs. She is an avid recitalist and has presented many distinctive programs in the U.S. and abroad.