American soprano Jennifer Bird enjoys a busy and varied singing career in the US and
Europe, having built a reputation as a charismatic, intelligent and versatile performer of
more than 50 roles in opera, operetta and musical theater, as well as much of the
standard oratorio and concert literature.
As the recipient of a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, Jennifer studied in
Germany in the Opernklasse of the Hamburg Musikhochschule, where she joined the
vocal studio of renowned soprano Judith Beckmann. Soon thereafter she began
singing at the Landestheater Coburg and then at the Bremer Theater where she
became a pillar of the soloist ensemble, singing major roles in the lyric and lyriccoloratura
soprano repertory and, in Coburg, twice earning the Audience Favorite Prize.
Engagements followed at the Vienna Volksoper, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Theater
Bonn, Theater Chemnitz, Theater Lübeck, Theater Würzburg and Theater Hagen,
among others. Highlights have included the title roles in Lulu and Lucia di Lammermoor,
Ann Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Sophie in Der
Rosenkavalier, Marguerite in Faust, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Nedda in I
Pagliacci, Gilda in Rigoletto, Violetta in La traviata, Euridice in Orphée aux Enfers and
Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail among many others.
Much in demand as a recitalist and concert singer, Jennifer has been the soprano
soloist in The Messiah with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, in Dvořák’s Stabat Mater
with the Bremer Philharmonic and in a Veteran’s Day concert with the US Army Band at
Carnegie Hall. In 2008 Jennifer was invited to Brussels to perform with members of the
Ictus Ensemble in honor of the 200th anniversary of Ricordi Publishing. She has been
the featured soloist in gala concerts with the Stuttgart Philharmonic at the Stuttgart
Konzerthalle and in Luxembourg with the Orchestra of the Warsaw Teatr Wielki. In 2010
she made her Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall debut in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the
Riverside Choral Society. In 2012 Jennifer was the soprano soloist in the world premiere
performances of Frank Ticheli’s Songs of Love and Life with conductor Allan McMurray.
These songs have now been recorded and released on the Klavier label. In 2013
Jennifer added two new pillars of concert repertoire to her list, singing the soprano solos
in Beethoven’s ninth symphony with the Midland-Odessa Symphony in January and
Mahler’s fourth symphony with the Boulder MahlerFest in May. Jennifer’s 2014-15
season will include performances of Mozart arias with the Colorado Symphony and
Beethoven’s Elegischer Gesang with the Takacs Quartet. Jennifer has been a
prizewinner in several international competitions, including First Prizes in the Sylvia
Geszty Competition, Elisa Meyer Competition, and the Robert Stolz Competition. She is a member of the voice faculty at the University of Colorado-Boulder.