Soprano Jennifer Black is “gleaming and glorious, with wonderful nuances of light and shade and complete dynamic control” (Santa Fe New Mexican). In demand on opera and concert stages worldwide, Ms. Black is noted for her versatility, range, grace and exceptional beauty of tone. Best known as a standout in the lyric repertoire, Ms. Black has recently found a new home in Verdi and will add Elvira (ERNANI) and Aïda to her extensive repertoire next season. She will also début with the Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra as the Soprano Soloist in Verdi’s REQUIEM.
Ms. Black débuted with Opera Australia in 2019 as Maddalena (IL VIAGGIO A REIMS) in both Sydney and Melbourne. She also covered the role of Contessa di Folleville in that production, a true feat of vocal acrobatics, and was subsequently engaged by Opera Australia to cover the role of Anna Bolena with just two weeks’ notice. She has quickly become a house favorite, covering Donna Anna (DON GIOVANNI), Odabella (ATTILA), Elisabetta (ROBERTO DEVEREUX), Gutrune (GOTTERDÄMMERUNG) and Freia (DAS RHEINGOLD), and singing High Priestess (AÏDA) in the company's Brisbane production last season.
Ms. Black appears frequently with the Metropolitan Opera, including performances as Lisa (LA SONNAMBULA), Micaëla (CARMEN), and Javotte (MANON), as well as mainstage appearances in THE MAKROPULOS CASE, LA RONDINE, MACBETH, and LA DONNA DEL LAGO, and in LA BOHÈME as a member of the company’s tour to Japan.
In recent seasons, Ms. Black dazzled American audiences in her show-stopping performance as Lida in Verdi’s LA BATTAGLIA DI LEGNANO with Sarasota Opera, for which she was hailed as “a brilliant soprano with a cutting but beautiful voice and the air of a leader’s wife.” She also débuted Adalgisa (NORMA) with Sarasota Opera, Donna Elvira (DON GIOVANNI) and Elle in Poulenc’s LA VOIX HUMAINE with the Castleton Festival under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel, and Bea in Jake Heggie’s THREE DECEMBERS with Atlanta Opera. Other notable American performances include her début in her signature role of Mimì (LA BOHÈME) with Santa Fe Opera, which she has since reprised with Utah Opera and Seattle Opera, Violetta (LA TRAVIATA) with Opera Carolina, Nashville Opera and the Sacramento Philharmonic, Micaëla with Santa Fe Opera and the former New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, a role début as Adina (L’ELISIR D’AMORE) with Santa Fe Opera, her Los Angeles Opera début as Lauretta (GIANNI SCHICCHI) and Suor Genovieffa (SUOR ANGELICA), and role débuts as Desdemona (OTELLO) and Juliette (ROMÉO ET JULIETTE) with Arizona Opera.
Favorite international engagements include her Munich Philharmonic début as Musetta LA BOHÈME), Adina with the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile, a role début as Norina (DON PASQUALE) as well as Musetta and Fünfte Magd (ELEKTRA) with Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, and Desdemona (OTELLO) with the Festival Lyrique-en-Mer de Belle-Île.
A versatile concert artist, Ms. Black has performed a wide variety of repertoire including Amanda in Ligeti’s LE GRAND MACABRE in her New York Philharmonic début, Soprano Soloist in CARMINA BURANA with Southwest Florida Symphony, Soprano Soloist in Mahler’s SYMPHONY NO. 2 in her Santa Barbara Symphony début, Soprano Soloist in Mozart’s CORONATION MASS at Carnegie Hall, Soprano Soloist in Beethoven’s NINTH SYMPHONY with Phoenix Symphony and Albany Symphony, and a return to the Castleton Festival as the Soprano Soloist in Mahler’s SYMPHONY NO. 4.
Ms. Black is the recipient of an Opera Index Award, a George London/Leonie Rysanek Award, and a Sullivan Grant, and was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards finalist.
More info coming soon including upcoming engagments, production photos and new recordings!