Donna Elvira in  Don Giovanni , Bay View Music Festival 2012

Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Bay View Music Festival 2012

Soprano, Jennifer Russo is an active performer in the tri-state area, quickly establishing herself as a fast-rising singer at home on both the concert and operatic stages.

This summer she will be a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist at Central City Opera in Central City, Colorado where she will perform the role of La Cugina in Madama Butterfly and as a member of the ensemble in a double bill of The Blessed Damozel and Litanies to the Black Virgin

Local operatic highlights include the role of Donna Anna in Lighthouse Opera’s inaugural production of Don Giovanni, covering the role of Birdie in Regina with The Bronx Opera Company, Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte with New York Opera Exchange and the role of Celidora in Mozart’s little known and well-beloved comic opera L'oca del Cairo with Garden State Opera.

Equally at home in concert, Jennifer performed Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Queens College Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Maurice Peress and revisited the work with the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Space in Manhattan. She was also Soprano Soloist in Haydn’s The Creation, Bach’s Magnificat and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Queens College Choral Society and Saint-Saëns' Oratorio de Noël with Hudson Opera Theater.

She completed an Advanced Diploma at the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music. While at Queens College, Ms. Russo’ performance credits included Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with the Queens College Opera Studio and Meg in Damn Yankees with the Department of Theater & Dance.

As a young artist, Jennifer performed the role of Copper Woman in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Grapes of Wrath with Sugar Creek Opera in Watseka, IL where she was also a member of the Danis Wilson Apprentice Artist Program. Other young artist credits include the roles of Alice Ford in Falstaff with the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute in San Francisco and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey, Michigan.

Russo completed her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. While a student there, she sang the title role in Dido and Aeneas and was the soprano soloist in Saint-Saëns' Oratorio de Noël at the conservatory's famed Jordan Hall. Russo also participated in the Community Performances and Partnerships program, performing the role of Veronique in Bizet’s children’s opera, Doctor Miracle for over three hundred children throughout the Boston metro area.

Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology from The George Washington University in Washington, DC where she served as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. She currently studies with Dr. Sherry Overholt.

 

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