Jennifer Feinstein
New England Third Place Winner, 2009
New England First Place Winner 2010


Jennifer Feinstein began the 2015-2016 season as Carmen with the St. Petersburg  (FL) Opera Company, going on to Rome Opera to cover Agave in Hans Werner Henze’s Die Bassariden. The mezzo then revisits the Pfalztheater in Kaiserslautern, Germany as Olga in Eugene Onegin, and joins the Theater Münster as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana. Last season Jennifer was Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Opera Memphis and Sofia in Stanisław Moniuszko’s Halkain Kaiserslautern.


A native of Cranston, Rhode Island, Jennifer received her Bachelor and Masters degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a second Masters degree from Yale Opera. The mezzo spent three seasons as a Gerdine Young Artist at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and two at Chautauqua Opera, first as a Studio Artist in 2007 covering the role of Mercedes in Carmen, and then in 2010 as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana. Jennifer was also a Young Artist with the Indianapolis Opera (2007-2008), appearing as the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte and covering Nicklausse in Les contes d'Hoffmann. In two summers at the Music Academy of the West, Jennifer performed in the West Coast premiere of William Bolcom’s A Wedding in the roles of Nettie Sloan and Aunt Bea, and sang Frederic in Thomas’ Mignon.


In 2011-12 Jennifer made her Carnegie Hall and Opera Orchestra of New York debuts in Adriana Lecouvreur as Madame Dangeville and appeared as Buttercup in HMS Pinafore with Opera New Jersey. Other career highlights have included her 2011 Spoleto Festival (USA) debut in The Medium as Mrs. Nolan; her European debuts at the Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw as Francisca in Donizetti’s Maria Padilla, and in Milan with Orchestra Sinfonica di Giuseppe Verdi as Ruth in Wonderful Town; and her appearance as Gussi in Noel Coward’s Bittersweet at Bard’s SummerScape Music Festival. In the 2012-13 season Jennifer was the Marchesa del Poggio in Un Giorno di Regno in her Sarasota Opera debut, the Comtesse de Coigny in Andrea Chenier with Opera Orchestra of New York, and Maddelena in Rigoletto. A year later Jennifer made her Lincoln Center debut as the Comtesse de Croigny in Andrea Chenier with the Opera Orchestra of New York, sang Adalgisa in Norma with St. Petersburg (FL) Opera, and appeared at North Dakota’s Fargo-Moorhead Opera as the Undertaker and a GPS in a world premiere double bill of two operas in the Poe Project: Jeff Myers’ “Buried Alive” and Patrick Soluri’s “Embedded.” At the 2013 Caramoor Festival she sang Giovanna in Ernani.


Jennifer placed third in the 2012 Gerda Lissner Competition, was a finalist in the National Opera Association, Jensen Foundation, and Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Competitions, and a semi-finalist in the Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year competition. She has been awarded Encouragement Awards from the Marilyn Horne Foundation and Opera Index Competitions.




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