Janine Roebuck is a leading mezzo-soprano and the only deaf one in the world. She was told at the age of eighteen that she was going deaf but went on to become highly successful in both opera and musical theatre. Janine also uses her experiences and achieving the top of her profession to give highly effective motivational presentations.
Janine made her debut with New Sadlers Wells Opera, and has sung principal roles with all the major houses in the UK. As well as opera, she sings musical theatre and is best known for her comedy roles. She was a regular guest on Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2 and has worked regularly with Richard Baker on Classical Music cruises.
She has devised her own one-woman show entitled This Thing Called Love, and written and performs a show about the life and works of Joyce Grenfell entitled Stately as a Galleon. Recent engagements included singing the role of Carmen in the Middle and Far East, as well as performing in Scrooge, The Sound of Music, Gilbert and Sullivan operas and many others. She has recorded The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Best of Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Gilbert and Sullivan and many popular classics.
She has been presented with The Champion Award or her outstanding musical artistry; for making her talent available to a wide international audience; and for her clear demonstration that there are no limitations to what can be achieved if an artist has outstanding ability, passion, and sheer determination. She was also given a coveted place on The Independent ‘Happy List’. She sang Puccini’s O Mio Bambino Caro at the AMI Awards (Ability Media International).
Janine is a popular inspirational speaker and key themes include: overcoming adversity and both setting and reaching your goals.
Recent feedback on Janine’s motivational presentations includes:
“I have heard Janine speak on a number of occasions – for example at a formal conference and at a fundraising gala dinner. On each occasion she has held the audience spellbound as she talks about the impact of hearing loss on her own life, with amusing anecdotes, interesting reflections and a determination not to be disabled by the loss of her hearing but rather to take on more new challenges. She is an entertaining, informative and motivational speaker who I would thoroughly recommend for any event.” Jackie Ballard, Chief Executive, Action on Hearing Loss