Hailed by critics worldwide for her complete performances as both singer and actor, soprano Jennifer Welch-Babidge is known for her sparkling vocal technique, her natural stage presence, and both her dramatic and comic acting ability. Lauded by Opera News for a voice that is “agile and beautifully projected, with a lavish bloom and a silvery edge,” Ms. Welch-Babidge has performed often under the baton of James Levine both in concert and on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. These roles include Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Marzelline in Fidelio, Valencienne in Merry Widow, and Freia in Das Rheingold. Additional Metropolitan Opera performances include Gilda in Rigoletto, The Doll in Les Contes D’Hoffman and Chloe in Queen of Spades. Other acclaimed operatic performances include the title role of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor for New York City Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Greensboro Opera Company, Adele in Die Fledermaus at San Francisco Opera and with Seiji Ozawa at the Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku Festival, and Violetta in La Traviata for Opera Pacific and Utah Opera. Ms. Welch-Babidge has also performed lead roles at Houston Grand Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Carolina and Washington Concert Opera, and Intermountain Opera. These roles include Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail , Liu in Tourandot, Leila in Pearl Fishers, Micaela in Carmen, and Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica. She recently returned to the Intermountain Opera Company where she made her debut in the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.
Ms. Welch-Babidge began her career in musical theatre and studied Drama and Vocal Performance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and HB Studios in NYC. In addition to performing the role of Cunegonde alongside Rita Moreno in Bernstein’s Candide, Ms. Welch-Babidge’s musical theatre roles include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at UNCSA and Fiona in Brigadoon directed by Obie award winner Gerald Freedman. She also worked at the Monomoy Theatre in Cape Cod Massachussets performing the role of Tuptim in The King I and at the Buck’s County Playhouse in Pennsylvania where she performed the roles of Laurie in Oklahoma and Carlotta in Yeston Coppit’s Phantom. Ms. Welch-Babidge performed Off-Off-Broadway in a musical revue of the music of Ivor Novello and was represented briefly by Brett Adams LTD agency before winning the Metropolitan Opera auditions and attending the Metropolian Opera’s Lindeman Young Artist program.
Ms. Welch-Babidge’s concert appearances include a triumph singing Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Berg’s Lulu Suite with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She also performed Poulenc’s Gloria and Mozart’s Requiem, with the Sydney Symphony. She has sung the Mater Gloriosa in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the San Francisco Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 and Poulenc’s Gloria with the Virginia Arts Festival, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Nashville Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with Boston Baroque, Verdi’s Requiem with Utah Festival Opera, Gorecki’s Symphony No. 2 with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Mansfield Symphony. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall with the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble and James Levine singing song cycles of Anton Webern and Elliot Carter. Mrs. Welch-Babidge has collaborated with world renowned conductors including James Conlon, Valery Gergiev, Sir Charles Mackerras, and David Zinman, and has several recordings with the Naxos recording label .