Lauded by Opera News for her "rich, dark mezzo" and "... a voice so rich and colored that she easily steals any scene in which she appears" (Time Off), mezzo-soprano Jennifer Hines made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Fourth Naked Virgin and as alto soloist in Moses und Aron with Maestro James Levine conducting. Since her debut she has maintained an active relationship with the celebrated company, participating in its Ring Cycle in the 2004-05 season. She made her recording debut in the title role of Astor Piazzola's Maria de Buenos Aires, Murry Sidlin conducting, recently released on the Koch label.
In 2010-11 Jennifer Hines is scheduled to reprise her critically acclaimed performance of Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky with the Reno Philharmonic, as well as to appear as soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra, and in Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with the Sarasota Orchestra. Her 2009-10 season included singing as soloist in de Falla's El Amor Bruja with the Florida Orchestra, also the Toledo Symphony Orchestra; in Jommelli's "The Lamentations of Holy Week" with the Grand Tour Orchestra; and appearing as Schwertleite in Die Walküre with Hawaii Opera Theatre.
Ms. Hines' recent successes include a return to Seattle Opera for Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen as Flosshilde and Schwertleite; singing as soloist in Verdi's Requiem with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra; her debut with Atlanta Opera as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, also singing the role with Florentine Opera, Opera Grand Rapids and Nashville Opera; her debut with Palm Beach Opera as Maddalena in Rigoletto; singing as soloist in Alexander Nevsky with the San Antonio Symphony; her debut with Portland Opera as Bertarido in Rodelinda; and Page in Salome with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin. She appeared as soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Rossen Milanov at both the Mann Music Center and the Bravo! Vail Festival, as well as under Murray Sidlin at the Cascade Music Festival.
Other recent concert appearances are Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the National Philharmonic, Bach's Christmas Oratorio and St. Luke Passion with the Washington Bach Consort, Messiah with both American Bach Soloists and Minnesota Orchestra, Verdi's Requiem with the Richmond Symphony, and Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Cathedral Choral Society. She also performed Bernstein's Jeremiah Symphony at the Cascade Music Festival.
Among Ms. Hines' many career highlights are her debuts with both Washington National Opera and Seattle Opera as Flosshilde and Rossweisse in Wagner's Ring Cycle, the role of Carilda in Arianna in Creta in her debut with Gotham Chamber Opera, directed by Christopher Alden, the title role of Carmen with New Jersey Philharmonic, Annapolis Opera, Longview Opera, West Bay Opera, and East Texas Opera, the American premiere of Philip Glass' White Raven with the Lincoln Center Festival, and Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream with both Florentine Opera and Aspen Opera Theatre Center. She has sung the role of Suzuki with New York City Opera, Opera Tampa, Dicapo Opera, Opera Longview, the Eastern Music Festival, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Hines has had a long association with the New York City Opera dating from the fall of 1999. She has become an integral part of the company singing roles that include the Second and Third Ladies in Die Zauberflöte, Princess Nicolette in The Love for Three Oranges, Mercedes in Carmen, and the Siren in Rinaldo, with Harry Bicket conducting. She was also a featured artist at the Marlboro Music Festival collaborating with esteemed pianists Ken Noda and Mitsuko Uchida, and has performed Messiah with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and New Choral Society.
Jennifer Hines is a native of Long Island and holds both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School. She is a former Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera, Tanglewood Music Center participant, and member of Seattle Opera's Young Artist Program.
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