BIOGRAPHY

“Supercharged with acoustic power, kaleidoscopic vocal colors, spellbinding inflection, and characterization,” (Opera News) American operatic singer Jennifer Holloway enthralls audiences internationally in the Jugendlich dramatischer soprano repertoire.  Following the devastating loss of so much art in the spring of 2020 season, Holloway looks forward to bringing her lauded interpretation of Strauss’ der Komponist to her Vienna Staatsoper debut in the 2020-21 season, which follows her role debut as Elsa in Lohengrin at Opera Leipzig.  She then returns to Dresden for Semperoper's 2021 Ring Cycle (Sieglinde, Freia, Gutrune) under the baton of Christian Thielemann.  She rounds out the season singing Der Komponist at Staatsoper Hamburg (replacing the originally planned Elektra) and Octavian at the Vienna Staatsoper.

  

Since turning her sights to German and French repertoire in 2016, especially works by Strauss and Wagner, Holloway has delighted audiences  and critics alike in such roles as Salome (Dresden; Bilbao; Leipzig; Opera North; Atlanta), Cassandre (Dresden), Sieglinde (Hamburg; Vienna; Augsburg), and in the lesser known but notoriously difficult role of Greta Graumann in Der Ferne Klang (Frankfurt) 

 

Recent seasons have also seen Holloway in the roles of Octavian (Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires; Valencia, Spain), Der Komponist (Metropolitan Opera; Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires) Donna Elvira (COC Toronto; Pittsburgh; Tulsa; Hannover, Germany)  Adalgisa (English National Opera; Bordeaux, France; National Theater Mannheim; Israeli National Opera), and as Fulvia in Gluck’s Ezio (Boston), 

 

Her new music premieres have included song cycles by Natalie Draper (She Who Continues), Frederic Chaslin (Robert Frost Melodies), Richard Clawson (Psalms) and the role of Temple Drake in Oscar Strasnoy’s Requiem for a Nun (Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires). 

 

Beginning her career as an expert in the trouser roles and lyric mezzo-soprano repertory, Holloway has performed the roles of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro (Dallas, Portland, Bordeaux), Idamante in Idomeneo (Opéra National de Bordeaux), Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte (Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis, New York City Opera, Tokyo, Pittsburgh), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Pittsburgh, Tulsa, Toronto), Irene in Tamerlano (Teatro Real Madrid, Los Angeles Opera) and the title role in Serse (Pittsburgh).  She made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in New York in December 2010 as Flora in Willy Decker’s new production of La Traviata and returned to the house as Tebaldo in Don Carlo, conducted by the Late Lorin Maazel.  She has appeared with English National Opera in productions Die Fledermaus (Orlofsky), La Boheme (Musetta), and Norma (Adalgisa); with the Glyndebourne Festival in new productions of Hänsel und Gretel (Hänsel) and Falstaff (Meg Page); at the Santa Fe Opera in new productions of Cendrillon (Prince Charmant) and Faust (Siebel); at the Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse (Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie with Emmanuel Haïm); at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris (Rossini’s La Pietra del Paragone as Donna Fulvia); and as Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena (Teatro Colón, Lisbon).  Concert and festival appearances include those at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Bard Music Festival, and Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival and with conductors such as Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Lawrence Foster, Frederic Chaslin, Gustavo Dudamel, Leonard Slatkin, and with Maestro Bertrand de Billy.

 

Recognized as a distinguished alumna of both Brookwood High School and of the University of Georgia, Jennifer continued her musical studies at the Manhattan School of Music.  She has taken part in the prestigious young artist programs at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Santa Fe Opera, and the Pittsburgh Opera.  She has since established herself as one of opera's finest singing actors.  

last updated October, 2020

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