Mezzo-soprano JENNIFER RODERER recently toured Japan as Cecilia March in Mark Adamo's Little Women with New York City Opera, where she has sung regularly since her 1999 debut as Third Lady in Magic Flute, most notably as Junon in Mark Morris' production of Platée and as Jade Boucher in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking. Last summer, she performed John Eaton's cantata El Divino Narciso at the American Composers Alliance's American Music Festival, and returned to the Berkshire Choral Festival for Bach's Mass in B minor. Also in 2005, she debuted at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires as Fricka in Die Walküre, returned to New York City Opera as Lady Angela in Patience, and debuted with Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Mrs. Grose in Turn of the Screw, with the Florida Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, and at Carnegie Hall in Handel's Messiah (Christmas portion) under the direction of John Rutter. Roderer also sung Mrs. Grose in Turn of the Screw with Lorin Maazel in Castleton, Virginia.
Roderer made her European debut at Opern Air Gars in Austria as Amneris in Aida, a role she has also sung at Opera Illinois. A specialist in the Verdi, Wagner, and verismo repertories, she has sung Waltraute in Die Walküre at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Seattle Opera, a Flowermaiden in Act II of Parsifal with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Pierre Boulez, Klementia in Hindemith's Sancta Susanna with the American Symphony Orchestra, Die Notarin in Strauss' Intermezzo at Santa Fe Opera, Emilia in Otello at Opera Pacific, the First and Second Serving Maids in Elektra at Los Angeles Opera, Virginia Opera, and Washington Opera, and l'Ostessa in Zandonai's I Cavalieri di Ekebù with New York's Teatro Grattacielo, as well as covering the role of Eboli in Don Carlos at San Francisco Opera.
Roderer's interest in music of our time is reflected by her appearances at Toledo Opera as Mrs. Grose in Britten's Turn of the Screw, Glimmerglass Opera in Britten's Paul Bunyan, and Opera Festival of New Jersey in Floyd's Susannah. She has frequently participated in New York City Opera's Showcasing American Composers program, in excerpts from operas including Charles Wuorinen's Haroun and Bright Sheng's Madame Mao, in which she also covered the title role at Santa Fe Opera. Roderer has also sung John Eaton's microtonal song cycles Lettere and El Divino Narciso with Ensemble Pi, as well as the New York premiere of Eaton's Sor Juana Songs with the composer at the piano.
A busy orchestral soloist, Roderer has sung with the New Jersey Symphony (Hansel and Gretel and Mozart's Requiem), the Jacksonville Symphony (Messiah and Beethoven Symphony No. 9), the Anchorage Symphony (Beethoven Missa solemnis), the Pacific Symphony (Beethoven's Ninth), and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and Peoria Symphony (Verdi Requiem). She has also sung Stravinsky's Les noces with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Dvorák's Requiem with the Berkshire Choral Festival, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle with the Westchester Choral Arts Society, and the Bach Magnificat and Mozart Requiem with the Berkshire Lyric Theater.
In 2004, Roderer sang Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes with New York City Ballet, appearing in its nationally televised Balanchine Gala. She has performed in New York recitals under the auspices of the Wagner Society of New York and the Austrian Cultural Forum. She has been presented in concert by and received support from the Thomas Stewart and Evelyn Lear Emerging Singers Program of the Wagner Society of Washington, D.C., and is the recipient of grants from the William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation and the Wagner Society of New York, as well as the Arthur E. Walters Memorial Award from Opera Index.