Rising young mezzo-soprano Jennifer Feinstein has been likened by the Los Angeles Times to “a young Horne, so rich is her mezzo and so full of spark was she on stage.” The Santa Barbara Independent praised her “remarkable, expressive voice reaching through the pain towards transcendence in a setting of Nietzsche’s ‘Midnight Song’,” and Opera News recently called her Elvira “a comic delight.”
In the 2017-18 season, Ms. Feinstein will make her role and house debuts as Laura in La Gioconda with the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck, Austria. In the 2016-17 season, Ms. Feinstein returns to the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw for a concert performance and CD recording as the title role in Bizet’s Djamileh, as well as covering Amneris in Aida for the Pacific Symphony in Costa Mesa, California, and appearing as a soloist with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra for a series of American song concerts throughout Florida. Jennifer Feinstein made her role and house debuts as Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana at Theater Münster in the 2015-16 season, as well as Olga in Eugene Onegin with Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern. She also sang the title role in Carmen in a return to St. Petersburg Opera (Florida), and joined the roster of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma to cover Agave in Mario Mantone's new production of Hans Werner Henze's The Bassarids. She was also a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Caramoor Festival in the summer of 2015.
Recent engagements included Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Opera Memphis; Maddalena in Rigoletto and Sofia in Moniuszko’s Halfa with Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern; multiple roles in the world premiere of Myers’ Buried Alive and Soluri’s Embedded with Fargo-Moorhead Opera; Adalgisa in Bellini’s Norma with St. Petersburg Opera; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Richmond Symphony Orchestra; Verdi’s Requiem with Waterbury Symphony Orchestra and Richmond Symphony Orchestra; Mozart’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht with Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall; and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with Symphoria under Jose-Luis Novo.
Ms. Feinstein’s highlights include Marchesa del Poggio in Un Giorno di Regno with Sarasota Opera; Maddalena with Lyric Opera of Baltimore and Opera Theater of Connecticut; Madame Dangevillein Adriana Lecouvreur with Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall; Mrs. Nolan in The Medium with Spoleto Festival USA; Francisca in Donizetti’s Maria Padilla with Warsaw’s Beethoven Easter Festival (recorded for Naxos release); Ruth Sherwood in Wonderful Town with Milan’s Orchestra Sinfonica di Giuseppe Verdi. Concert highlights include John Cage’s “Solo for Voice No. 30” from Songbooks with American Symphony Orchestra; Bach’s Magnificat with New York’s Church of St. Ignatius Loyola; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Alexander Nevsky with Glacier Symphony Orchestra and Chorale; a gala concert with “I Sing Beijing”; and Noel Coward’s Bittersweet with Bard’s SummerScape Music Festival.
She has performed with Music Academy of the West as Frederic in Mignon and as soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3; Yale Opera as Donna Elvira, Carmen, and Verdi’s Requiem; Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Second Salvation Army Girl in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene; and Indiana University Opera Theater as the title role in La Cenerentola, and as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Jennifer Feinstein is prizewinner of the 2012 Gerda Lissner Competition and was a national semi-finalist in Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for 2010. She received both her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and a Master of Music from the Yale University School of Music.
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