Soprano Jennifer Noel is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. She began her life on the opera stage when at the age of 18 she had the opportunity to perform the role of Mrs. Jaffet in Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde as part of the 2003 Cincinnati May Festival under the baton of Maestro James Conlon. For this performance, the Cincinnati Enquirer described Jennifer as an "impressive young singer".
The same year, Jennifer entered the voice program at Oberlin Conservatory of Music studying with Marlene Rosen. During her time there, Jennifer performed in many productions of the prestigious Oberlin Opera Theater including Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte (2006), Alma March in Mark Adamo's Little Women (2007), and Miss Todd in Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief (2007). Jennifer graduated from Oberlin Conservatory in 2008 with both a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance and a Masters of Music in Opera Theater.
Later in 2008, Jennifer entered the Masters program at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, Houston, Texas. There she studied under Melanie Sonnenberg. With the Moores Opera Center, Jennifer performed roles including Cecilio in Mozart's Lucio Silla, Madama Cortese in Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims, and Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni. Jennifer graduated with her Masters in Music in Vocal Performance in 2010.
Since completing her studies, Jennifer has continued performing both nationally and internationally in roles including Alice Ford in Falstaff (American Singers' Opera Project, 2012), Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly (Opera in the Ozarks, 2013), Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro (New York Lyric Opera Theatre, 2015), Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, the title role in Suor Angelica (NYLOT, 2016, and the Mother and Witch in Hansel and Gretel (Opera Pomme Rouge, 2016) and as part of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria Sommerkonzerte including the 2012 Meistersinger Competition Finals where she was awarded 4th prize. She currently studies with David Daniels and coaches with Kathleen Kelly and Mitchell Cirker.
In 2018, Jennifer performed with The Bluegrass Opera as a soprano soloist for the new Easter oratorio King of Glory, in the choruses of Turandot with Opera Modo and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and The Flying Dutchman and the U.S. premiere of Another Brick in the Wall with Cincinnati Opera.
2019 has brought many exciting opportunities including participating in the young artist program of Opera Southwest where Jennifer performed the role of Fanny in Rossini's La cambiale di matrimonio and covered the role of Elsa for the company's first production of Wagner's Lohengrin. The summer will bring more performances in Jennifer's hometown including the role of Bridesmaid in Le nozze di Figaro with Cincinnati Opera. Jennifer will also be participating in Pittsburgh Festival Opera's Meistersinger Project in July.
Photo Credit: Devon Cass