Photo: Devon Cass
Soprano, Jennifer Sgroe began her musical career in dance and musical theater before transitioning into the operatic repertoire.
Highlights from her past operatic performances include the roles of Susanna and Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Romilda (Xerxes), Pamina and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Monica (The Medium), Noémie (Cendrillon), Greta Fiorentino (Street Scene), Drusilla (L’Incoronazione di Poppea), and Phyllis (Iolanthe) as well as the premiere of the role of Esther in Scott Wheeler’s opera Democracy: An American Comedy at American Opera Projects.
She has performed with Utah Opera, Commonwealth Opera, Boston Academy of Music, Opera del West, Mass Theatrica, Longwood Opera, New England Light Opera, Amherst Early Music Festival, New Trinity Baroque, Knoxville Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Lexington Opera Society, the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria, Delaware Valley Opera, New York Lyric Opera Theater, for the General Assembly of The United Nations, and at Carnegie and Radio City Music Halls.
Internationally, Ms. Sgroe has been heard at the Sastamala Gregoriana Early Music Festival in Karkku, Finland and The Dartington Festival (United Kingdom) as the Angel in Handel’s Jephtha with conductor Graeme Jenkins. Other concert performances include the soprano soloist in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, also at Dartington, Handel’s Messiah with Commonwealth Opera, the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, and Schubert’s Mass in A-flat Major in Graz, Austria.
She was a winner of the National Opera Association Vocal Competition, the Opera New Hampshire Vocal Competition, the David Adams Art Song Competition and Boston-area NATSAA competition where she went on to compete 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.
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.
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 this past Fall. Past teachers include Everett McCorvey and Sara Goldstein. She currently studies voice with Arthur Levy.
Copyright Jennifer Sgroe 2012