JENNIFER FORNI – soprano
Praised for her “warm lyric soprano” voice (Washington Post) American soprano Jennifer Forni is quickly establishing herself as the singer to look out for. Always “attentive to the subtler points of interpretative expression” (The Baltimore Sun) Ms Forni while possessing a “fuller Lyric Sound” (Opera News) has maintained the ability to float stunningly spun pianissimos above the staff.
Ms. Forni made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2013 in the new production and subsequent HD telecast of Parsifal. Additional engagements included her Carnegie hall debut singing the Faure and the Rutter Requiem with the New England String Ensemble and a return there to debut with the New York Choral Society in Vaughn-Williams A Sea Symphony. In 2013-14 Ms. Forni joined Opera San Jose as Madama Butterfly, Alice Ford in Falstaff and as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. In 2015, she sings Micaela in Carmen with Portland Opera.
Ms Forni was granted the Evelyn Puddy Oliver Scholarship to attend the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She continued her studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she received a Master of Opera. During this time, she was personally selected by Marilyn Horne to represent the university in The Song Continues master classes series at Carnegie Hall.
In 2008, while Ms Forni was a member of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program she was asked to take over the role of Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff for which she received great notices. She is also a former member of the Portland Opera Studio where she appeared in Trouble in Tahiti, Monteverdi’s Il Combatimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Il Ballo delle Ingrate and Hansel and Gretel.
On the concert Stage Ms Forni has performed Knoxville Summer of 1915 with the Oregon Mozart Players, Mahler Symphony No 2 with the Greeley Philharmonic, Sea Symphony with the Oberlin Musical Union and The Four last Songs in Portland
In March 2011 Ms Forni joined New York City opera to understudy the role of Rita Clayton in Stephen Schwartz’s World Premier opera Séance on a Wet Afternoon and was invited back to cover Violetta in La Traviata in 2012.
Ms Forni recently made her role debut as Micaela in Carmen with the Springfield Regional Opera According to TAG Magazine. Ms Forni’s ‘voice literally steals scenes” and the Springfield News-Leader praised her “exquisite pianissimo”. Ms Forni returns to Springfield in 2013 to sing La Traviata with SRO Lyric’s and debuted with the Metropolitan Opera in their new production of Parsifal.