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Soprano, Jennifer Sgroe began her musical career in dance and musical theater before transitioning into opera.
Highlights from her past performances include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Romilda (Xerxes), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Monica (The Medium), Greta Fiorentino (Street Scene), Drusilla (L’Incoronazione di Poppea), and the premiere of the role of Esther in Scott Wheeler’s opera Democracy: An American Comedy (American Opera Projects). She has performed with Utah Opera, Commonwealth Opera, Amherst Early Music Festival, New Trinity Baroque, Knoxville Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Lexington Opera Society, New England Light Opera, New York Lyric Opera Theater, Opera del West, New England Light Opera, Opera New Hampshire, for the General Assembly of The United Nations, and at Carnegie and Radio City Music Halls. Ms. Sgroe is also an active recitalist, having collaborated with pianists Cliff Jackson, James Busby and Nan McSwain.
Internationally, Ms. Sgroe has been heard at the Sastamala Gregoriana Early Music Festival in Karkku, Finland and The Dartington Festival (United Kingdom) under the direction of conductor Graeme Jenkins. Highlight concert performances include the soprano soloist in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and The Angel in Handel's Jephtha both at Dartington, Handel’s Messiah with Commonwealth Opera, the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, and Schubert’s Mass in A-flat Major at AIMS in Graz, Austria.
She was a was a winner of the National Opera Association Vocal Competition, the Settimane di Lugano International Festival Competition, the 2010 David Adams Art Song Competition, and the 2010 Opera New Hampshire Vocal Competition. She won 2nd place in the 2010 Boston area NATS Artist Award (NATSAA) recital competition and went on to represent Boston as a New England Regional Finalist. She has been named a NATS Foundation Award Winner and a Liberace Scholar for Excellence in the Creative and Performing Arts.
Ms. Sgroe is also a grant award recipient from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and as a result will present a series of recital programs which focus uniquely upon the maritime culture and history of New England.
In 2013, Ms. Sgroe reprised the role of Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with Arbor Opera Theater and went on to sing Lula/Lightfoot McClendon cover in Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree & Curley’s Wife (Of Mice & Men) while an Apprentice Artist with Sugar Creek Symphony & Song.
She was also named a semi-fInalist in the 2013 Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition.
In addition to her previous post as Apprentice Artist with Utah Opera, she has held teaching positions at New York University, the University of Kentucky and Transylvania University as an instructor of voice and foreign language diction. She joined the Voice Department of New England Conservatory’s Preparatory & Continuing Education Division in March 2011 and assumed the role of Chair of the NEC’s Preparatory Voice Department in September 2011. Past teachers include Everett McCorvey and Sara Goldstein. She currently studies voice with Arthur Levy.
Ms. Sgroe holds both a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and the Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Kentucky, recently distinguished as one of the top 20 opera training programs in the US by The Richard Tucker Foundation. She also holds a Master of Music in Opera from The Boston Conservatory, also on the list of top 20 training programs.
Originally from New York, soprano, Jennifer Sgroe now resides in historic Salem, MA with her husband Matt.
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