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Mezzosoprano Jennifer Roderer

Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Roderer began the 2012/13 season with her role debut as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd with Syracuse Opera and returns to that company to sing Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro before making her company debut as Mistress Quickly in Falstaff with Chautauqua Opera this Summer. Other recent performances include Azucena in Il Trovatore with Opera Roanoke, Mistress Quickly in Roanoke and Crested Butte, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Indianapolis Opera, and the Witch in Hansel & Gretel with Utah Opera, a signature role she has also performed with New York City Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Tulsa Opera, Opera Roanoke and Syracuse Opera, among others. From her 1999 debut at New York City Opera as Third Lady in The Magic Flute, until her performances as Susie in A Quiet Place in 2011, Jennifer appeared regularly in diverse roles such Lady Angela in Patience, Junon in Mark Morris’ production of Plateé, Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking, the Third Lady in The Magic Flute, and Sappho in Lysistrata, as well as Cecilia March in Little Women on NYCO’s first tour of Japan.


In 2005, Ms. Roderer made a critically acclaimed debut at the Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires as Fricka in Die Walküre, conducted by Charles Dutoit. Her other Wagnerian credits include Waltraute in Die Walküre for Lyric Opera of Chicago and Seattle Opera, Rossweise in Die Walküre at Opera Pacific, and a Flowermaiden in Parsifal with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Pierre Boulez, as well as several orchestral concerts with the Wagner Society of Washington D.C. in excerpts from Lohengrin (Ortrud), Gotterdammerung (Waltraute), and Siegfried (Erda). Other performances in the German repertoire include the role of Klementia in Sancta Susanna with the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center, Gertrude in Hänsel und Gretel with New Jersey Symphony, the Second Maidservant in Elektra at Los Angeles Opera and Washington National Opera, First Maidservant in Elektra at Virginia Opera, and Die Notarin in Intermezzo at Santa Fe Opera. In addition, she has won grants from the Wagner Societies of New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. Other operatic highlights include performing Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw with Toledo Opera, Lorin Maazel’s Chateauville Foundation, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Jennifer made her European debut at Opern Air Gars in Austria as Amneris in Aida, a role she has also sung for Opera Illinois and Berkeley Opera and Opera of the Hamptons. She has appeared as Emilia in Otello at Opera Pacific and l’Ostessa in Zandonai’s I Cavalieri di Ekebu with New York’s Teatro Grattacielo. She has become a favorite artist of many contemporary composers, participating in New York City Opera’s premieres of works by Mark Adamo and Jake Heggie and in its VOX: Showcasing American Composers program; frequently performing the microtonal works of John Eaton for organizations including the American Composer’s Alliance; and workshopping and covering the title role in the world premiere of Bright Sheng’s Madame Mao at Santa Fe Opera. Ms. Roderer brings her typical intensity, as well as dynamic musicianship, to her concert performances of such works as Verdi’s Requiem (Berkshire Choral Festival in Prague, Arizona State University Symphony, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the Peoria Symphony, Handel’s Messiah (under John Rutter at Carnegie Hall with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, with the Jacksonville Symphony, and the Mozart Club of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall), and Bach’s B-minor Mass and Dvo€ák’s Requiem (both at the Berkshire Choral Festival). Much in demand on the concert platform, she has also sung Les noces with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, both at the Dorothy Chandeler Pavilion and under the baton of Peter Eötvös at the Ojai Festival, Horatio Parker's Hora Novissima with the Pacific Chorale and Symphony, a Mostly Mahler concert with The Washington Chorus, Mozart’s Requiem with the New Jersey Symphony and the Berkshire Lyric Theatre, Vivaldi’s Gloria at Carnegie Hall, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Anchorage Symphony; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Leonard Slatkin and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, as well as with the Jacksonville Symphony, Pacific Symphony, and Florida Symphony. Ms. Roderer has given New York recitals under the auspices of the Wagner Society of New York and the Austrian Cultural Forum and with Lake George Opera for the Saratoga Arts Festival. She has won grants from the William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation and Opera Buffs of Southern California, as well as the Arthur E. Walters Memorial Award from Opera Index and First Place in the Opera Guild of Southern California Competition. Born in Illinois and raised in Los Angeles, she holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California.


February 2013

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