JENNIFER RODERER – mezzo soprano
In 2013 Jennifer Roderer sang her first Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd with Opera Syracuse in addition to singing Quickly in Falstaff with Chautauqua Opera. She made her Spoleto Festival debut in 2014 as Kabanicha in their new production of Kat’a Kabanova and later this season will be seen in the world premiere of Enemies a Love Story with Palm Beach Opera.
The 2011/12 season saw her role debut as Azucena in Il Trovatore for Opera Roanoke, and appeared with the New York Composer’s Circle singing A Dirge Without Music by John Eaton. In 2010/11, she performed the role of Susie in A Quiet Place at New York City Opera, and debuted at Utah Opera as the Witch in Hansel und Gretel, a signature role she has also performed with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Phoenix Symphony, Tulsa Opera and Opera Roanoke, among others. She also sang Muriel in Arlene Sierra’s Faustine for NYCO’s 2011 VOX Showcase. Other recent roles include Quickly in Falstaff with Opera Roanoke and Crested Butte Music Festival and Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance with both Indianapolis Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Since her 1999 debut at New York City Opera, she has performed a diverse array of roles for that company, including the Witch in Hansel, Lady Angela in Patience, Junon in Mark Morris’ production of Plateé, Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking, the Third Lady in The Magic Flute, and Sappho in Lysistrata, as well as Cecilia March in Little Women on NYCO’s first tour of Japan. Jennifer regularly participated in NYCO’s VOX showcase of contemporary operas since its inception.
Other operatic roles include Offenbach’s Théodorine (L’isle de Tulipatan at Bard Summerscape) and Public Opinion (Orpheus in the Underworld for Nevada Opera), and Britten’s Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw at Toledo Opera, Lorin Maazel’s Chateauville Foundation, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
In 2005, Ms. Roderer made a critically acclaimed debut at the Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires as Fricka in Die Walküre, conducted by Charles Dutoit. Her other Wagnerian credits include Waltraute in Die Walküre for Lyric Opera of Chicago and Seattle Opera, Rossweise in Die Walküre at Opera Pacific, and a Flowermaiden in Parsifal with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Pierre Boulez, as well as several orchestral concerts with the Wagner Society of Washington D.C. in excerpts from Lohengrin (Ortrud), Götterdämmerung (Waltraute), and Siegfried (Erda). Other performances in the German repertoire include the role of Klementia in Sancta Susanna with the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center, Gertrude in Hänsel und Gretel with New Jersey Symphony, the Second Maidservant in Elektra at Los Angeles Opera and Washington National Opera, and Die Notarin in Intermezzo at Santa Fe Opera.
Jennifer Roderer made her European debut at Opern Air Gars in Austria as Amneris in Aida, a role she has also sung for Opera Illinois and Berkeley Opera. Ms. Roderer brings her typical intensity, as well as dynamic musicianship, to her concert performances of such works as Verdi’s Requiem (Berkshire Choral Festival in Prague, Arizona State University Symphony, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the Peoria Symphony, Handel’s Messiah (under John Rutter at Carnegie Hall with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the Mozart Club of Winston - Salem, North Carolina with Gary Thor Wedow, and the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall), and Bach’s B-minor Mass and Dvorák’s Requiem (both at the Berkshire Choral Festival). She has also sung Les Noces with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, both at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and under the baton of Peter Eötvös at the Ojai Festival, Horatio Parker's Hora Novissima with the Pacific Chorale and Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem with the New Jersey Symphony and the Berkshire Lyric Theatre, Vivaldi’s Gloria at Carnegie Hall, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Anchorage Symphony; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Leonard Slatkin and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, as well as with the Jacksonville Symphony, Pacific Symphony, and Florida Symphony. Ms. Roderer has given New York recitals under the auspices of the Wagner Society of New York, the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Saratoga Arts Festival.
Jennifer received grants from the William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation, Opera Buffs of Southern California, and the Wagner Societies of New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. She won the Arthur E. Walters Memorial Award from Opera Index and First Place in the Opera Guild of Southern California Competition. Born in Illinois and raised in Los Angeles, she holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California.