Lyric soprano Jennifer Black completed the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program in 2008, and is making many important debuts in her young career. With the Santa Fe Opera, she made her debut as Micäela in Carmen during the 2006 summer season, and has since returned for role debuts as Mimi in La Bohème summer 2007 and Adina in The Elixir of Love during the summer 2009. With the New York City Opera, she made her company debut as Musetta in La Bohème in April 2006, and returned as Micäela in Carmen in October of 2007.
Additional engagements from the past two seasons included her Los Angeles Opera debut as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica in a new production of Il Trittico, Lisa in Metropolitan Opera’s new production of La Sonnambula, as well as Mlle. Jouvenot in Adriana Lecouvreur and Bianca cover in La Rondine at the MET. In addition, she took part in the Richard Tucker Gala, performed Carmina Burana with New Choral Society, performed Schumann duets with Matthew Plenk and the MET Chamber Ensemble in Weill Recital Hall with James Levine at the piano, made her role debut as Violetta in La Traviata in concert with the Greensboro Opera, and was presented in recital by the George London Foundation at the Morgan Library in NYC.
In 2010 and beyond, she makes her debut at the Minnesota Opera and Opera Colorado as Mimi in La Bohème; makes her concert debut with the New York Philharmonic as Amanda in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre; covers Micäela in Carmen at the MET; makes her role debut as Desdemona in Otello at the Arizona Opera; makes her Opera New Jersey debut as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni; makes her production debut as Violetta with Opera Carolina; and makes her debut at Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse in 2 roles: Musetta in La Bohème and 5th Magd in Elektra.
Additional recent engagements include her role debut as Juliette in Romeo et Juliette with PORT Opera during summer 2008, the MET’s productions of Queen of Spades, Ariadne auf Naxos, Carmen, Idomeneo, Don Carlo, Le Nozze di Figaro, Manon Lescaut and a new production of Suor Angelica under the baton of Maestro James Levine. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2008 in a concert with harpist Grace Gloutier, and performed in the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program as Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica and Musetta. A graduate of the Yale School of Music, Ms. Black performed the title roles of Kat’a Kabanova and Suor Angelica, as well as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte.
Ms. Black was recently awarded a 2008 Opera Index Award, a 2007 George London/Leonie Rysanek Award and received second place in the 2007 Loren L. Zachary Society Competition. She was also a 2000 Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards finalist, a recipient of a 2005 Sullivan Grant, and a finalist in the Dallas Opera Guild Competition, the Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition, the Connecticut Opera Guild, and the MacAllister Awards.
Opera Carolina Performances:
La Traviata (2010–2011)