Jennifer Berkebile, mezzo soprano

biography

Lyric mezzo-soprano Jennifer Berkebile is quickly becoming one of opera's bright young talents. This season, Jennifer debuts as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Opera Omaha and then takes the stage as Dina in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti with West Virginia University's Opera Theater. This past June, Jennifer had the great pleasure of performing Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire with NYC's operamission.

Jennifer is a past participant of the Gerdine Young Artist Program with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, adding to her credits appearances in Eugene Onegin, Ghosts of Versailles, Il re pastore and La Bohème under the direction of Stephen Lord and James Robinson. OPERA TODAY recognized Jennifer for her "pristine singing and assured presence" as Candy Mallow/Squirrelmistress in the world premiere of Peter Ash's The Golden Ticket with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, a role she then reprised with the Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland.

Previous honors include being awarded the Provost Fellowship for 2011/2012 at West Virginia University as well as winning the Jessie Kneisel German Lieder Competition, and placing third in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Great Lakes Region. Ms. Berkebile is a first year doctoral student at West Virginia University's College of Creative Arts. She holds degrees in Music from the Eastman School of Music and Vanderbilt University's Blair School. She currently resides in Morgantown, WV with her new husband.

Must the winter come so soon - Vanessa

most recently

March 2012 Mercédès Carmen Opera Charleston Opera Charleston