Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7pm
Jennifer Rowley, Conductor
Soprano Jennifer Rowley’s triumphant Metropolitan Opera début as Musetta in La bohème inspired universal critical praise, with The New York Times raving that she “made a splash […] maneuvering flirtatiously through the crowds and singing with a vibrant, agile voice.” Review after review commended both her voice—described as “dark and rich but also extremely flexible and clear” by ConcertoNet—as well as her fine acting. The New York Observer admired the “gravitas” that she brought to the final act, saying, “Usually, we have to take the character’s heart of gold on faith, but Ms. Rowley took the trouble to enact it.” This season, Rowley sings the title role in a semi-staged production of Samuel Barber’s “heart-breaking family drama” Vanessa with Toledo Opera and returns to The Metropolitan Opera for Cyrano and Guillaume Tell. She will also sing soprano in Rutter’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall.
Last season, Rowley sang a trio of European performances as Leonora in Il trovatore at Opéra de Lille, Théâtre de Caen in France, and Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg; the title role in Tosca at New Orleans Opera; Tove in Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder with the OrquestraSinfônica do Estado de São Paulo; and returned to The Metropolitan Opera for Bartlett Sher’s new production of Otello.