Jennifer will be soloing with the Orchestra on Saturday August 3rd, 2019.
“Up and coming American soprano Jennifer Rowley becomes not a soprano to watch, but a soprano to see…"
Soprano Jennifer Rowley is acclaimed worldwide for her unforgettable voice
and remarkable stage presence. In the 2017/2018 season, following her
performances of the same title role with Nashville Opera, Ms. Rowley returned
to The Metropolitan Opera in their new production of Tosca where
she presented a “magnificent” (ZealNYC) portrayal. Ms. Rowley later starred as
Leonora in Il trovatore on the Met stage, celebrated as “glorious, showing the
listener the range her instrument truly possesses” (Operawire).
This summer, Ms. Rowley will debut in the title role of Simon Mayr’s rarely
performed bel canto opera Medea in Corinto in New York with Will
Crutchfield’s newly formed summer festival, Teatro Nuovo. Next season,
Ms. Rowley returns to The Metropolitan Opera as Tosca and in her title role
debut as Adriana Lecouvreur, as well as several additional engagements
with the house through 2020. Next season also marks her first appearance at
the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in September, as Leonora in Il trovatore. In
the future she debuts at The Dallas Opera, and will sing her first Amelia in Un
ballo in Maschera.
Ms. Rowley’s triumphant Metropolitan Opera role début as Roxane in
Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac inspired universal critical praise, with The New
York Times raving that this was a “break-through moment,” further adding that
for the heartbreaking final scene, “Ms. Rowley sang with an intensity of
expression and a subtly embittered sound that suggested a singer for
enormous gift and promise.” The New York Classical Review echoed these
statements, also calling this “a break out night for
Ms. Rowley.” OperaWire called her Roxane “the heart of the production,” The
Observer said she is “a supurb artist” and compared her beauty and expressive
face to that of Marion Cotillard, while ConcertoNet called her Roxane “a
revelation.” Jennifer has also been featured on the Met stage in her incredible
house début as Musetta in La bohème.
In recent seasons, Ms. Rowley sang a trio of European performances as
Leonora in Il trovatore at Opéra de Lille, Théâtre de Caen in France, and the
Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg; along with, Tove in Schönberg’s GurreLieder with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (OSESP).
Additional recent engagements included débuts as Musetta in La bohème at
the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Leonora in Il trovatore at the West
Australian Opera in Perth, and the title role of Tosca at the Semperoper
Dresden. Other notable successes include the title role of Tosca with New
Orleans Opera and her role debut as Vanessa with Toledo Opera.
Her swift ascent to stardom began when she burst onto the international scene
as a last-minute replacement in the title role of Donizetti’s Maria di Rohan at
the Caramoor Music Festival. Of the performance, which she gave with just one
day’s notice and one rehearsal. The New York Times stated, “Throughout, she
sang with a fluid, darkly rich voice and expressively conveyed Maria’s anguish,”
and Opera News noted that she “emerge(d) not just unscathed, but a real
star…” She followed that performance with critically acclaimed successes at the
Norwegian National Opera as Musetta (released on DVD) as well as Finland’s
Savonlinna Festival as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.
Ms. Rowley made her Carnegie Hall début singing Verdi’s Messa da
Requiem with the St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra, followed by acclaimed
performances at New York City Opera and the Savonlinna Opera Festival. She
made her debut at Alice Tully Hall, was a featured guest soloist on the 10th
Anniversary Gala with Opera Hong Kong, and made her much lauded debut at
the Spoleto Festival USA, setting the festival ablaze with an impressive double
bill performing Anna in Puccini’s Le Villi and Carmela in Giordano’s Mese
A highly-decorated soprano who has been recognized by many international
competitions, Jennifer was awarded the 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant, was
one of the top prize winners in the 2013 Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation
Competition and the 2011 Opera Index Vocal Competition, a winner of the
2011 William Mattheus Sullivan Musical Foundation awards, a first prize-winner
of the 2011 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, a grant
winner of the 2011 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition, and the
winner of the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the
Ms. Rowley made her professional debut in Cleveland Opera’s Die
Zauberflöte, conducted by Anton Coppola. As a young artist, she worked with
the Scuola dell’Opera Italiana at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna where she
made her first main stage appearance as Magda in La rondine, as well as
performances with The Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Caramoor Music
Festival, Brevard Music Center, the Instituto Superior del Arte of the Teatro
Colón, and regionally at Michigan Opera Theatre.
Jennifer holds a Master of Music degree from the Indiana University’s Jacobs
School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Baldwin Wallace
College Conservatory of Music. She holds a Certificate of Performance
Achievement from the Instituto Superior del Arte of the Teatro Colón, and was
a Max Kade Scholar at Middlebury College’s German for Singers Program.