Jennifer Feinstein, mezzo-soprano
Marchesa of Poggio, Un giorno di regno
Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Feinstein makes her Sarasota Opera debut as the Marchesa del Poggio in Verdi's rarely seen second opera Un Giorno di Regno. Ms. Feinstein's voice has been likened by the Los Angeles Times to "a young Horne, so rich is her mezzo and so full of spark was she on stage." Other engagements for the 2012-2013 season include her debut with the Oratorio Society of New York under Kent Tritle in Paul Moravec’s Blizzard Voices and sings as soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in a return to Glacier Symphony Orchestra and Chorale.
In 2011-12 Jennifer Feinstein made her Carnegie Hall debut and Opera Orchestra of New York debut in Adriana Lecouvreur as Madame Dangeville. Other season engagements included singing as Buttercup in HMS Pinafore with Opera New Jersey; as soloist in a gala concert for “I Sing Beijing” (in China), founded by the Metropolitan Opera’s Hao Jiang Tian; and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky (in Russian) with the Glacier Symphony and Chorale.
Recent season highlights include her Spoleto Festival (USA) debut in The Medium as Mrs. Nolan; her European debuts at the Beethoven Easter Festival as Francisca in Donizetti’s Maria Padilla in Warsaw (recorded for release on the Naxos label), and with Orchestra Sinfonica di Giuseppe Verdi in Milan as Ruth Sherwood in Wonderful Town; appearing in Noel Coward’s Bittersweet at Bard’s SummerScape Music Festival; her return to Chautauqua Opera as a Studio Young Artist to perform the role of Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana and to Opera Theatre of St. Louis in her third season as a Gerdine Young Artist to cover Mrs. Segstrom in A Little Night Music, as well as appearing in the ensemble of the world premiere of The Golden Ticket.
Jennifer Feinstein placed third in the 2012 Gerda Lissner Competition and was a national semi-finalist in Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for 2010. She was a finalist in the National Opera Association, Jensen Foundation, Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship, semi-finalist in the Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year competition, and has been awarded Encouragement Awards from the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition, Opera Index, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Receiving both her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and a Master of Music from the Yale University School of Music, she was a Young Artist with the Indianapolis Opera.