OFFICIAL BIO / JENNIFER FEINSTEIN
American mezzo-soprano Jennifer Feinstein returns for her second season in the Ensemble of the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe for the 2019-2020 season, where she will sing Donna Elvira in a new production of Don Giovanni directed by Floris Visser, as well as Sara in Roberto Devereux.
Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Feinstein 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.” Opera News recently called her Donna Elvira “a comic delight.” In 2018 she was a nominee for the Österreichischer Musiktheaterpreis award for Best Female Singer in a Lead Role, for her performance as Laura in La Gioconda with Tiroler Landestheater. A resident artist with Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe since 2018-19, Ms. Feinstein’s roles there in the 2019-20 season include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Giulietta and Stella in Les contes d’Hoffmann, and Sara in Roberto Devereux.
In the summer of 2019, Ms. Feinstein returned to the Bard SummerScape Festival as the Messenger in the U.S. premiere of Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane with the American Symphony Orchestra. In the 2018-19 season, she sang Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena, Sara in Roberto Devereux, the Owl and the Forester’s Wife in The Cunning Little Vixen, and Dritte Magd in Elektra. Ms. Feinstein made two role debuts in the 2017/18 season: Laura in La Gioconda with the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck, and Preziosilla in La forza del Destino with Staatsheater Augsburg and Theater Aachen.
Recent engagements include her theater and role debut as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana with Theater Münster (later also at Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landestheater), covering Amneris in Aida for the Pacific Symphony, performing with Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern as Olga (Eugene Onegin), Maddalena (Rigoletto), and Sofia (Moniuszko’s Halka), singing the title role of Carmen and Adalgisia (Norma) with St. Petersburg Opera, and joining the roster of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma to cover Agave in Mario Martone's new production of Hans Werner Henze's The Bassarids. She also performed the title role in Bizet's Djamileh for the Beethoven Easter Festival, which was commercially released in 2018.
Other operatic roles include Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with Opera Memphis; Marchesa del Poggio in Verdi’s Un giorno di regno with Sarasota Opera; Maddalena (Rigoletto) with Lyric Opera of Baltimore and Opera Theater of Connecticut; Madame Dangeville (Adriana Lecouvreur) with Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall; Mrs. Nolan (The Medium) with Spoleto Festival USA; Francisca in Donizetti’s Maria Padilla with the Beethoven Easter Festival (recorded for commercial release); multiple roles in the world premiere of Myers’ Buried Alive and Soluri’s Embedded with Fargo-Moorhead Opera; and Second Salvation Army Girl in Street Scene with Opera Theater of St. Louis.
Concert highlights include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Caramoor Festival; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Richmond Symphony Orchestra; Verdi’s Requiem with Waterbury Symphony Orchestra and Richmond Symphony Orchestra; Mozart’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht with Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall; Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with Symphoria under Jose-Luis Novo; John Cage’s “Solo for Voice No. 30” from Songbooks with American Symphony Orchestra; Bach’s Magnificat with New York’s Church of St. Ignatius Loyola; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Alexander Nevsky with Glacier Symphony Orchestra and Chorale.
Jennifer Feinstein was a National Semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and has received awards from the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition, Opera Index, and Gerda Lissner Competitions. She received both her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, a Master of Music from the Yale University School of Music, and was a Fellow at the Music Academy of the West.