Rapidly gaining increasing attention for her "vibrant mezzo-soprano and generous presence," JENNIFER HOLLOWAY (Second Lady) returns from an exciting and successful summer after her impressive Santa Fe Opera debut as Le Prince Charmant in Laurent Pelly's delightful new production of Massenet's Cendrillon. She spent much of the 2005/06 season at Pittsburgh Opera, where she was heard in the title role in Pittsburgh Opera Center's production of Handel's Xerxes. In the 2006/07 season, she made her debut with the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Teatro Regio di Parma as the Baroness Aspasia in Rossini's La Pietra del Paragone and with Tulsa Opera as Mercédès in Carmen, as well as returning to Pittsburgh Opera for Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette and Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte.
In previous seasons, Holloway joined Gotham Chamber Opera for Ein Mädchen in Sutermeister's Die schwarze Spinne. With One World Symphony, she sang both Dido in Dido and Aeneas and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro. As a Young Artist with Santa Fe Opera, she sang Lucretia in scenes from The Rape of Lucretia and covered the role of Lucio Cinna in the company's performances of Lucio Silla. Equally adept on the concert stage, she has appeared in concerts jointly presented by Omaha Opera and Symphony and has sung Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzer as a guest artist at Hofstra University.
Jennifer Holloway is also a former participant in the Opera Theatre of St. Louis' Gerdine Young Artist Program as well as the Chautauqua Institute where she sang Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, and Badessa in Suor Angelica. She is a 2006 winner in Fort Worth Opera's McCammon Competition and the 2005 First Place Winner of the Georgia Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and has been awarded grants from the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, Liederkranz Foundation, and the Hugo Ross Foundation. She received the Anna Case Mackay award following her participation in Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice Singer Program.
She is also a frequent concert soloist, with oratorio experience encompassing performances of Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Vesperae solennes, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, and Beethoven's Mass in C in Athens, Georgia. She has sung performances of Holst's Seven Part Songs for Female Voices and Strings in Atlanta's Spivey Hall.
Jennifer Holloway holds a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she found great success performing Béatrice in Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict, Sesto in La clemenza di Tito, and Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte. She first discovered opera while studying music education at the University of Georgia, from which she earned a Bachelor of Music. While in Georgia, she made her operatic debut in Opera Athens' production of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore and joined Athena Grand Opera Company for Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus.