Artist Spotlight: Soprano Jennifer Marshall

Jennifer Marshall, Soprano

Jennifer Marshall will make her debut at the Opera Company of Brooklyn as Annio in La Clemenza Di Tito on Saturday, November 12, 2016. She is a multi-faceted soprano with a varied musical career. Her experience has encompassed the worlds of opera, sacred music and even pop. Opera highlights include Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte. As a concert artist, she has been the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Rutter Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Fauré Requiem and Poulenc Gloria. Jennifer has appeared twice on WNYC’s Soundcheck and was mentioned in a New York Times review for her work with composer and singer, Julie Feeney. Originally from Huntington, NY, Jennifer received her Bachelor and Master of Music at Purchase College and Manhattan School of Music respectively and holds a second Bachelor’s in Italian from Stony Brook University. Read below as she shares her experience with us.


How did you get into Opera?

I started voice lessons when I was 11 years old because I wanted to audition for the musical at my middle school. I knew I needed to be a “triple threat”, as they say, although I wasn’t a very good dancer. I was in the musical every year throughout high school but in the 10th Grade, I realized that I was born with more of a “classical” voice, rather than a “Broadway” voice. I accepted my gift at that time and attended the Julliard Pre-College Program the following year and just kept going!


What, in your opinion, makes OCB unique?

“La Clemenza di Tito” will be my first production with OCB but I think the company is special because of the number of performances they give in a year that span the operatic repertoire, coupled with a genuine care for their singers.


How do you relax when not on stage?

I like to read historical fiction and go to Zumba classes.


Do you have any advice for other singers?

Be true to your voice.


What are your dream roles?

Probably Tosca. I’ve wanted to be Tosca since I was 16. Also Lady Macbeth.


Which colleagues do you admire?

I admire all of them in different ways!

What/who is your favorite opera and composer? Why?

I love the music from “Il Trovatore” and “La Forza del Destino”, both by Verdi. His music is so passionate, evocative and so distinctly Italian.


Which character (not in your voice range) would you most like sing and why?

Calaf in “Turandot” because “Nessun dorma” is one of the greatest arias of all time.


What other music do you listen to?

I like all different genres. Folk, pop, show tunes. Right now I really love the English folk singer, Kate Rusby.


Do you read books/watch movies to prepare for a role?

Yes, of course if it’s helpful.


How do you balance a career with a life offstage?

I am luckily a singer full-time, married to a full-time freelance pianist with whom I have a four year old son. Everything gets balanced very carefully! I have learned to maximize any down time I have and to try to use it productively. I hardly ever watch TV!


How do you unwind after singing?

I like to talk to on the phone. I usually call my husband, my sister or my best friend in Ireland. (The husband and sister are local, by the way!)


The dreaded question: Have you ever appeared in Phantom of the Opera?
No, I haven’t had the pleasure. 😉


Opera Company of Brooklyn Presents: La Clemenza Di Tito on Saturday, November 12 from 7 PM to 9:45 PM at 600 W 218th Street, 1 G, NY, NY 10034. Tickets are a suggested donation of $20 in advance, $40 day of and can be reserved online here. For more information about the production and cast, click here.

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