Soprano Jennifer Rowley, winner of the 2012 Richard
Tucker Career Grant, burst onto the international
scene as a last minute replacement in the title role of
Donizetti's Maria di Rohan at the 2010 Caramoor
Music Festival, a performance she gave with just one
day's notice and one rehearsal. The New York
Times stated, "Throughout, she sang with a fluid,
darkly rich voice and expressively conveyed Maria's
anguish," and Opera News raved that she "emerge(d)
not just unscathed, but a real star..." She followed that performance with critically acclaimed successes at the Norwegian
National Opera as Musetta in La Bohème (released on DVD), as well as at the Savonlinna Festival in Finland as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.
In the Spring 2012, Ms. Rowley made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Verdi's Requiem with the St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra, followed by singing the role of Queen Orasia in Telemann's Orpheus in her debut with New York City Opera. She then returned to the Savonlinna Opera Festival as Lucifer in the world premiere, Free Will. In the fall of 2012, she returned to Lincoln Center to participate in the "Eve Queler and Friends" concert at Alice Tully Hall, followed by the 10th Anniversary Gala with Opera Hong Kong. In the spring 2013, she joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera where she covered Desdemona in Otello. She then made her debut at the Spoleto Festival USA performing both Anna in Puccini's Le Villi and Carmela in Giordano's Mese Mariano, followed by her third summer at the Savonlinna Opera Festival.
In the 2013/14 season, Ms. Rowley will make her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Musetta in La Bohème. Future seasons include her Royal Opera House, Covent Garden debut as Musetta in their production of La Bohème, as well as debuts at the Semperoper Dresden, Opera de Lille, Luxembourg, and Théâtre de Caen.
Ms. Rowley is a highly decorated soprano from many international competitions, including her most recent second prize win in the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Competition. She was one of the top prize winners of the 2011 Opera Index Vocal Competition, receiving the William H. Wells Founders Award, a winner of the 2011 William Mattheus Sullivan Musical Foundation awards, a first prize winner of the 2011 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, a grant winner of the 2011 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition, and the winner of the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the Michigan District. Ms. Rowley was also awarded an Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant for her international work with the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in 2009.
Ms. Rowley made her professional debut in 2003 at age 23, in Die Zauberflöte with the Cleveland Opera, conducted by Anton Coppola. As a young artist, she was a member of the Scuola dell'Opera Italiana at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in 2009, where she made her main stage debut as Magda in La Rondine. Ms. Rowley was a Gerdine Young Artist Apprentice at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis in 2007, as well as a summer each with the Caramoor Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, and Portland Opera's POPI. Ms. Rowley also spent a summer in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the Instituto Superior del Arte of the Teatro Colón, where she was the first Ambassador of the Arts for the Ohio Arts Council, initiating an exchange program between the Instituto and American conservatories of music.
Ms. Rowley holds a Master's Degree with honors from Indiana University School of Music and a Bachelor's Degree with Magna Cum Laude honors from the Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. She also holds a Certificate of Performance Achievement from the Instituto Superior del Arte of the Teatro Colón, and was a Max Kade Scholar at the Middlebury College German for Singers Program.