A Star Is Born And Reborn: How Jennifer Rowley Jumped From Cover to Star Soprano Twice in One Season


While preparing to take center stage in the Metropolitan Opera’s Tosca, Rowley was thrown into a second leading role—in Il Trovatore—with only two weeks to rehearse.

Sing a famed Puccini aria, murder a police chief, jump to her death off the Castel Sant’Angelo. As the title role in Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera, soprano Jennifer Rowley had quite a night.

But as the curtain came down on Rowley’s one scheduled January 12 performance, another opera heroine awaited her: Leonora of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Rehearsals for the latter started the next morning; Rowley did not expect to sing either role until a series of cast shifts. Hired initially as a cover for both roles, Rowley learned over the summer she would get one performance of Tosca of her own ...

Playbill feature by Ryan McPhee