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Jennifer Waters


As a member of Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program for three seasons from 2008-2011, Jennifer Lynn Waters entered her professional career with considerable experience. She possesses vocal versatility with strength, size and coloratura, all in her full four-octave range.

She recently completed her assignments in the 2010-11 season with WNO singing the title role of Madame Butterfly in the Young Artist production and as Kate Pinkerton in the main stage production. She also sang the role of Diana in the Iphigénie en Tauride along with Plácido Domingo in the star cast. While in her residency at WNO she sang Frasquita in Carmen, Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Woglinde in Götterdämmerung, Contessa Almaviva in the Young Artist production of Le nozze di Figaro and Alice Ford in the LookIn performances of Falstaff.  Other operatic roles in her repertoire include Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. In addition she has covered the role of Leonora in Il trovatore with the Caramoor International Festival; Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana with Center Stage Opera; Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Sicle in L‘Ormindo and the title role in Suor Angelica, all with The Opera Theater of George Mason University.

She has been presented in concerts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Cathedral Choral Society, Teatro alla Scala, Amadeus Virtuosi, Festival of the Americas at Stowe, Bach Concert Series, Apollo Orchestra, Frederick Symphonic Orchestra, Strathmore Theater, Hartford Choral Society, Caramoor Music Festival, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, The Bach Concert Series and the Martha Graham Dance Company.

Her recent activity includes a debut in the title role during the summer of 2011 in Menotti's Amelia al ballo at the Palau de les Arts in Valenciana, Spain under the baton of Plácido Domingo; guest artist for the Delaware T&C College in Georgetown, DE; and, she sings the role of Mary Magdalene in spring of 2013 at the Vatican City premiere of Oh My Son, a new work by composer Marcos Galvany.

She has worked with such prominent conductors as Marin Alsop, Plácido Domingo, William Lacey, Philippe Auguin, Julies Rudel, Andreas Delfs, Israel Gursky, Steve Gathman, J. Reilly Lewis, Alondra de la Parra, Aaron Sherber, Stan Engebretson, Carl Sponenberg and Stephen Czarkowski.

She has worked under the direction of Nick Olcott, Chris Alexander, David Gately, Muriel von Villas, David Paul, Emilio Sagi, Ron Daniels, Stephen Carr and Rick Davis.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Music from Mary Washington University studying both flute and voice. She received her Masters of Music from George Mason University having studied with Debby Wenner. She has been a member of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, the Caramoor Festival and the Daniel Farro Vocal Program. She has worked with such notable teachers as Mirella Freni, Diana Soviero, Evelyn Lear and Elizabeth Bishop; and has coached with Ken Weiss, Louis Salemno, Anthony Manoli and Giovanni Reggioli.

April 2012
Jennifer Lynn Waters