American Soprano Jennifer Rowley Conquers Tosca at Met Opera
ZealNYC - Tosca at The Metropolitan Opera
"Up and coming American soprano Jennifer Rowley has boldly claimed for herself a new, career-changing role. Puccini’s Tosca is a monumental climb for a soprano, a career-defining mountain if, perhaps, not the toughest vocal peak. The opera greats, including Callas, have used the role to cement a career. Rowley, taking on the role at the Metropolitan Opera House for a night between Met favorites Sonya Yoncheva and opera superstar Anna Netrebko, becomes not a soprano to watch, but a soprano to see ...
The role of Tosca is a career maker. It is a stepping stone. It is a role that requires, for modern sensibilities, a youthful performer, whose innocence can still be spoiled and whose raw emotions can believably bubble over like a teenager. And it requires a big soprano voice. Jennifer Rowley is a singer ready to tackle the role. She exhilarated as a precocious young diva experiencing intense love, betrayal, and terrifying choices. And thankfully, Rowley has the role in her voice – and then some. Her magnificent instrument has clamorous outer reaches. But her voice’s extreme emotive possibilities will temper with experience. I, for one, am excited to see Rowley develop as an artist. She is an artist of abundant vocal talent, intelligent technique, and something rare in opera – fearless theatricality."