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Jennifer Coleman

Jennifer Coleman

Jennifer M. Coleman, American Mezzo Soprano, has been described by critics as “having vocal power, and something to spare,” her performances as “affecting and eloquent,” and “she is proof that it is not only important to have a powerful voice in the opera, but that it is also needed to have a good amount of acting talent.” Jennifer has the unique ability to sing a variety of roles and embody many diverse characters as a Zwischen fach vocalist.

Jennifer toured with renowned accompanist John Wustman as a soloist in The Songs of Franz Schubert: A Seven-Year Cycle and has performed concert works such as Les Nuits d’été by Berlioz and the Wesendonk Lieder by Wagner with orchestras such as the Monterey County Symphony. She also performs frequently in recital venues throughout the United States, adjudicates for many competitions such as the MET National Council auditions and gives master classes nationally.

Jennifer also has performed the role of Flora in La Traviata and Madame de Croissy in dialogues des carmelites by Poulenc and with the Nashville Opera in their productions of La Traviata as Flora and Andrea Chenier as the Contess di Coigny. Other venues include the First Lady in New York City Opera’s Die Zauberflöte by Mozart. Her performances have included the roles of Baba in The Medium, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Her European engagements have included roles such as Marianne in Der Rosenkavalier, Micaela in Carmen, and Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana.

Jennifer is also interested in costume design, and her work in this capacity has included operas ranging from Die Klüge to Trouble in Tahiti to The Tender Land. She is also an avid reader, particularly dealing with vocal pedagogy and the science of the voice. She is a member of AGMA, PAVA, NWIV, and PI KAPPA LAMBDA.

Dr. Coleman earned her Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana and her D.M.A. from the University of Kentucky, where she studied with Dr. Everett McCorvey and renowned Metropolitan Opera soprano Gail Robinson. Currently, she is a professor of voice and the coordinator of the Master of Music degree in vocal pedagogy at Belmont University. Dr. Coleman enjoys teaching healthy Italian School technique to a full studio of gifted singers in both classical and commercial genres. She also coordinates the Vocal Arts Laboratory, works with the Vanderbilt Voice Center, Department of Otolaryngology in partnership, and mentors a group of talented beginning singing teachers through the Nashville Vocal Pedagogy Colloquium. Many of her students are performing, directing, researching, and teaching throughout the country.


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