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.
Jennifer debuted this fall with the Nashville Opera in their production of Andrea Chenier as the Contess di Coigny. Other venues include the First Lady in New York City Opera’s production of Die Zauberflöte by Mozart. Her performances have included the roles of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and most recently Baba in Menotti’s opera The Medium. Her European engagements have included roles such as Marianne in Der Rosenkavalier, Micaela and Frasquita 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.