Jill Grove
Mezzo soprano
New England Regional First Place Winner 1993

In the 2015-2016 season Jill Grove returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago as Margaret in Wozzeck, to Houston Grand Opera as Ježibaba in Rusalka, to San Francisco Opera as Buryja in Jenůfa, and to Pittsburgh Opera as Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress. The mezzo also visits her home state of Texas in the title role of Benjamin Britten’s Phaedra with Opera Piccola San Antonio, and joins the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra for Verdi’s “Requiem.” Last season Jill reprised Klytaemnestra in Elektra with Michigan Opera Theatre, Auntie in Peter Grimes with the Canadian Opera Company, and Ježibaba in her return to New Orleans Opera; she also made her role and company debut as Baba the Turk with Utah Opera. Jill also returned to Chicago Lyric as Regina Segal in the world premiere of Wlad Marhulet’s klezmer opera The Property, in the inaugural season of their new collaborative community-based educational initiative, Lyric Unlimited. In concert she sang Elgar’s “The Kingdom” and Janáček’s “Glagolitic Mass” at the Grand Park Music Festival, joined the Houston Symphony for Mahler’s “Symphony No. 8,” the Phoenix Symphony for Verdi’s “Requiem,” the Santa Fe Symphony for the Beethoven Ninth, and the International Music Foundation in Chicago for Handel’s “Messiah.”

 

Jill studied at Stephen F. Austin State University, the New England Conservatory,  and the Music Academy of the West, and was a member of the Merola Program at San Francisco Opera and the Houston Grand Opera Studio. After making her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1999 as Pantalis in Boito's Mefistofele, the mezzo went to appear often on the Met stage. Her many Wagner roles included Erdas in in Das Rheingold and Siegfried, Rossweise in Die Walküre, Mary in Der Fliegende Holländer, and Magdalene in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, along with Cornelia in Giulio Cesare, Emilia in Otello, Madelon in Andrea Chénier, Aithra and Omniscient Mussel in Die ägyptische Helena, Auntie in Peter Grimes, andMargret in Wozzeck.

 

A frequent presence at other major American opera companies, Jill has appeared in Chicago as both Erdas and the First Norn in Götterdämmerung in the company’s Ring cycles, as well as Ježibaba, the Witch inHänsel und Gretel, Klytämnestra in Elektra, Amneris in Aida, the Nurse in Die Frau ohne Schatten, and Countess Geschwitz in Lulu. Among many other ventures, she has also been Amneris with San Diego Opera, Opera Pacific, and Dayton Opera; Azucena in Il Trovatore with Houston Grand Opera and Tulsa Opera, Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino and Jenny Reefer in Virgil Thompson’s The Mother of Us All with San Francisco Opera; and in Santa Fe the Omniscient Sea-Shell, Dame Quickly in Falstaff, Ursule in Beatrice and Benedict, and Auntie in Peter Grimes, a role she has recently brought to the Canadian Opera Company. Appearances abroad have included Erda in Siegfried and the First Norn in Götterdämmerungwith Bayerische Staatsoper, München; the Haushälterin in Richard Strauss' Die Schweigsame Frau at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; the Deaconess in Szymanowski's King Roger at the Netherlands Opera, Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera with Welsh National Opera and Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa; and Cieca in La Gioconda at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago.

 

Jill Grove was the winner of  the 2003 ARIA award, a 2001 Richard Tucker Foundation Career Grant, a 1999 George London Foundation Career Grant, a 1997 Sullivan Foundation Career Grant, and a 1995 Richard F. Gold Career Grant.

 

 

Miss Grove is represented by IMG Artists.

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