Hailed for her “soaring” vocals and “attractive stage presence,” German-American soprano JENNIFER JAKOB is presenting herself as an up-and-coming artist of note on both American and European operatic stages.
Returning to her native Germany in the summer of 2012 Ms. Jakob attended the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland and sang the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro directed by Tim Carroll and conducted by Jayce Ogren. During her time with the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ms. Jakob already had the opportunity and privilege of working with such notable conductors as Sir Andrew Davis, Alain Altinoglu, and Harry Bicket in productions by Francisco Negrin, Matthew Lata, and Elijah Moshinsky. After her making her company debut in Verdi’s Macbeth in 2010 she continued to sing a wide variety of roles including Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Despina in Cosi fan tutte.
A member of other prestigious American training programs, Ms. Jakob was an Apprentice Singer with the Santa Fe Opera where she performed the role of Annina in Verdi’s La traviata along side Natalie Dessay in the acclaimed Laurent Pelly production conducted by Frédéric Chaslin. She was also a member of the Opera Theater of St. Louis Gerdine Young Artist program where she covered the title role in Carlsons’ Anna Karenina and Rose Maurrant in Weill’s Street Scene, conducted by Stephen Lord and directed by James Robinson.
Ms. Jakob pursued her graduate studies at Indiana University and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. While conducting her studies she performed such roles as Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, both Anna Reich and Frau Fluth in Nicolai’s Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Lisette in Puccini’s La Rondine, Sister Mathilde in Poulenc’s Les Dialogue des Carmélites, Beth in Adamo’s Little Women, and Rita in the collegiate premiere of Bolcom’s A Wedding conducted by David Agler.
At home on the concert stage, Ms. Jakob has performed works such as Britten’s Les illuminations with the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, evenings of arias and ensembles with the Grant Park Orchestra, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate with the Green Bay Symphony, songs by Richard Strauss with the Newark Symphony Orchestra, and Mozart’s Requiem with the Santa Fe Symphony. Ms. Jakob has been featured in the Sheldon Classics Series in St. Louis and frequently gives Liederabende at Washington University.
Ms. Jakob’s other awards and accolades include First Prize in the Indianapolis Matinee Musical Competition, the Lynne Harvey Scholarship from the Musicians Club of Women of Chicago, Illinois, and Second Place in the Midwest Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
In the fall of 2013, Ms. Jakob returned to the USA to sing her first Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Hidden Valley Opera Ensemble under the baton of acclaimed conductor Stewart Robertson.