Consistently lauded as a singer of rare expressive ability and versatility, soprano Jennifer Foster made her professional operatic debut by successfully stepping in at last-minute’s notice as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with the Los Angeles Music Center Opera. She was invited to become a resident artist with the Music Center Opera in subsequent seasons where she sang lead and comprimario roles. She then joined the company of San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theater as Adele in Die Fledermaus for a 40-city national tour. More recently, her performances with the Boston Cantata Singers as Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress received wide critical praise. A member of Actor’s Equity, she debuted in her first Equity production in 2008 as Nimue and Lady Anne in Camelot with Pennsylvania Center Stage. In the spring of 2011, Jennifer was featured as Rosalinda, again in Die Fledermaus, with Troupers Light Opera at the famed Westport Country Playhouse.
A sought-after performer in oratorio and concert, Jennifer has been featured at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen) and in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Lawrence Foster conducting). In recent seasons, she has been soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Providence Singers and the New Haven Symphony conducted by Julian Wachner, and performed Brahms’ Requiem with the Boston Cantata Singers under the baton of David Hoose, with whom she made her Tanglewood Festival debut singing the soprano solos in Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem. She sang the role of Juliet in excerpts from Lee Hoiby’s final opera, Romeo and Juliet, with the Stamford Symphony conducted by Roger Nierenberg. She has also appeared as a soloist with national and regional orchestras and choral organizations which include the New World Symphony, San Diego Symphony, San Francisco Choral Society, the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Macon Symphony, and the Finger Lakes Chorale among others.
She is frequently invited to appear at major music festivals with world class artists. Engagements have included the Cabrillo Festival opposite Sanford Sylvan in a production of Lou Harrison’s 12-tone one-act opera Rapunzel under the baton of Marin Alsop, the Colorado Summer Festival in Boulder where she performed Samuel Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915, solo and duet recitals at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Hot Springs Festival, the Purdue Chamber Series, the Corona del Mar Baroque Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival in England, and the Verbier International Festival where she sang an impromptu duet of the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria with the renowned Bobby McFerrin.
“Foster’s solo served as one of the evening’s vocal highlights. She connected with the text emotionally, demarcated the notes without telegraphing them, and all in bright, pure, carefully controlled and well-modulated tone…” ~Orange County Register
Keenly interested in the performance, promotion and development of chamber music, Jennifer was invited by the Tucson Friends of Chamber Music to work with celebrated American composer Lee Hoiby to develop a commission for soprano and string quartet. She premiered the resulting work, Sonnets and Soliloquies, with the Miami String Quartet at the 2005 Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival, where she was again heard singing this work among others in March of 2013. She was a guest artist last season with Simple Measures in Seattle. Collaborators have included the Shanghai String Quartet, the American String Quartet, clarinet virtuoso Richard Stoltzman, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Czech harpist Katarina Englichova, violinist Ani Kavafian, cellist Rajan Krishnaswami, oboist Allan Vogel and pianists Miri Yampolsky and Xak Bjerken.
From 1997 to 2004, Jennifer served as soloist for The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts accompanied by Ed Starner on the world-famous 1952 Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. She was heard internationally on shortwave radio broadcasts and over the internet each week. Her CD Jubal-ation, produced by the Christian Science Publishing Society, and featuring baritone Gregory Emmanuel Rahming, won the 2004 DeRose-Hinkhouse Award of Excellence.
Ms. Foster received a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal performance from Chapman College in Southern California where she studied with Janet Smith. She has also studied at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in England, the American Center for Music Theater Training in Los Angeles in its Opera Intensive and Professional Music Theater Workshops, the Aspen Music Festival and the Verbier Festival and Academy in Switzerland. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including prizes from the Metropolitan Opera National Council’s Western and Southeastern regions.
“Jennifer Foster: The Debut,” a CD featuring Jennifer’s live performances with world-class chamber musicians, is available at www.arizonachambermusic.org. She can also be heard on the Naxos label performing music of Creole Romantic composers. Her most recent releases on the Capstone label feature the sacred music of Dave Brubeck and Allen Brings.