This season also marks her first appearance with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, singing Leonora in Verdi’s Il trovatore, and she will return later in the season as the soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 under the direction of Maestro Fabio Luisi. At her alma mater, Baldwin Wallace University, Jennifer serves as the 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence where she will teach masterclasses and lessons, in addition to presenting a recital. In future seasons, she will make debuts at Dallas Opera, Opernhaus Zürich, Opera Australia, and Opéra de Marseille.
In the 2017/18 season, Ms. Rowley returned to The Metropolitan Opera in their new production of Puccini’s Tosca where she presented a “magnificent” (ZealNYC) portrayal of the tragic diva. She later starred as Leonora in Il trovatore on the Met stage, celebrated as “glorious, showing the listener the range her instrument truly possesses” (Operawire). She then made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in a concert version of Tosca with Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Earlier in the season she performed the same title role with Nashville Opera. She started the summer with her Opéra National de Paris debut as Leonora in Il trovatore: “… an acclaimed debut on the Opéra Bastille stage … the singer’s youthful tone, her brilliant sound and her ability to emit beautiful spun lines which are marvelous … she seems perfectly at ease.” (Forum Opéra). Hailed as a “force of nature from beginning to end” (Operawire) and as “spectacular” (Wall Street Journal) in her portrayal, Jennifer ended the season with her debut in the title role of Simon Mayr’s rarely performed bel canto opera Medea in Corinto at Will Crutchfield’s newly-formed summer festival, Teatro Nuovo.