Mezzo-soprano/Contralto Jennifer Arnold was born in Minneapolis, Mn. After graduating from High School at the age of sixteen, she moved to California to study Physics at Stanford University. Parallel to her University studies she sang in a rock band and studied dance and acting (A.C.T.) in San Fransisco. It became clear to her during this time, that despite a large interest in the applied sciences, her passion was for theatre, music and hermeneutics. She changed her majors to Drama and Comparative Literature. After finishing her studies in California, she moved to New York to study voice at Manhattan School of Music, where she received the Birgit Nilsson Full Tuition scholarship for the duration of her Masters of Music work there. At the same time she worked as a professional dancer for Nina Winthrop and Dancers, a modern dance company. During her time in New York she studied under Trish McCaffery, Ruth Falcon, Mignon Dunn and Mailand Peters. She also participated in public master classes with Evelyn Lear, Regine Crespin, Virginia Zeani, Birgit Nilsson and Regina Resnik. Immediately out of graduate school, Ms. Arnold was hired to work as the leading dramatic mezzo for the State Theater in Kiel, Germany. She debuted there as Carmen (Carmen) in September 1998 with much critical and public acclaim. About “Carmen” …….one has found a perfect Carmen in Jennifer Arnold……,……she sings the role with a velvet mezzo-soprano, her interpretation of the gypsy woman radiates eroticism as well as fierce, hot-tempered passion….,….an extraordinary convincing performance…..Ballerup Bladet, Dänemark Over the years she presented such diverse roles as Fricka (Das Rheingold), Fricka (Die Walküre), Waltraute (Götterdämmerung), in director Kirsten Harm’s highly awarded ‘Ring der Nibelungen’; About “Götterdämmerung”……..with her usual strong stage presence, Jennifer Arnold seduced with a beautifully sung, intimate interpretation of the help-seeking Waltraute…. Kieler Nachrichten as well as Romeo (I Capuletti ed i Montecchi), Amneris (Aida), Niklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Fides (Le Prophete) Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia) and Olga (Eugen Onegin) all to much praise and satisfaction expressed by audience and press.
Leaving Kiel to pursue an independent solo career in 2002, she has since been seen in many exciting productions: as Carmen, for which she was nominated for Singer of the Year in Johannes Felsenstein’s new production, Dessau, Germany; Venus (Tannhäuser); Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde…Beijing Philharmonic); Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana); Fricka, Waltraute, Erda, und Flosshilde in other Ring Productions; Mother (Hänsel und Gretel), Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia) and many others. She has also worked on modern operas including, Divana (Der Rattenfanger), Lady MacBeth (Sciarrino’s MacBeth) About “MacBeth”…also superb, Jennifer Arnold as Lady; the music circles hypnotic and obsessive around the sleepwalking Queen, her voice melts together completely with the pale, fragile instrumental colours.—Wuppertaler Kultur Rosita (Christophorus), and “Der Guter Gott von Manhattan” in the Semperoper, Dresden,Germany, where she sang the leading female role of ‘Jennifer’. About “Der Guter Gott”……[the singers] with an intensity and variability of sounds…under the baton of Jun Märkl…perform at the highest artistic level…It is Vocal artistry and dedication to modern Music in the most ideal combination…top-notch Jennifer Arnold and Andreas Scheibner, who beyond their high-quality vocal performances, play out how their love for one another dissolves with oppressive intensity. With each piece of clothing that they remove, they become more vulnerable, thin-skinned, desperately oath-swearing…—New German Press
Always very well received from audience and press. Most recent performances of Genevieve (Pelleas et Melisande) in Linz and Augsburg State theatres, as well as Flosshilde in Munich, have all been very successful. Currently ,a Munich composer is writing an opera of “The Little Prince), which will feature Ms. Arnold in the title leading role next season. Jennifer Arnold has given concerts and sung in Opera houses in the USA, Italy, Spain, France, Israel and Germany. A special highlight from these experiences was a benefit concert in the Kennedy Center Library, where she performed excerpts from Richard Danielpour’s “Sweet Talk” with cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. Among the guests attending: President Bill Clinton and Edward and Caroline Kennedy. In addition to opera, Jennifer Arnold is an active Lieder and concert singer. Over the years she has performed many and diverse Lieder/Song Concerts in venues in Germany, America, Spain and elsewhere in Europe. Together with Dalton Baldwin, famous for his recordings of Schubert and Faure with Fischer-Dieskau, Ellie Ameling and Christa Ludwig, she performed in Nice,France. Mr. Baldwin was so impressed with the concert that he invited her, along with soprano, Indra Thomas and bass, Eric Owen, to perform in Philadelphia. Her concert repertoire includes the Mahler Symphonies 2, 3 and 4, Das Lied von der Erda, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, Ravel’s Scheherazade, Beethoven 9, Berio Folk Songs and the Verdi Requiem, as well as Händel and Bach. This past year her focus has been a program of Wesendonck Lieder with Strauss and Verdi. There are several professional recordings of her recital and opera work available.
Details of her repertoire, opera and concert, are available upon request. As well as countless reviews from international press.
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