Jennifer Taverner

Soprano

 

Jennifer Taverner

Soprano

 

Lyric soprano Jennifer Taverner, noted as possessing a voice of “rare natural beauty and freshness”, is recognized for her instinctive musicality and excellent stage presence. Recent and upcoming engagements include Nadina in The Chocolate Soldier for Toronto Operetta Theatre, Messiah for Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings, Honneger’s Kind David for the Menno Singers, Adele in Die Fledermaus for the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Kathie in The Student Prince for Toronto Operetta Theatre, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Niagara Symphony, and concerts for Ottawa’s Music and Beyond Festival in 2016.  Other recent engagements include Rose in Weill’s Street Scene for VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert, Messiah with the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Airline Icarus (Brian Current) with Soundstreams, a Gilbert & Sullivan Evening for the Niagara Symphony, Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Fauré’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonnelle and Messiah with the Bach Elgar Choir. Past highlights include the role of Fiordiligi in a touring production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, as well as performances with the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra, the Toronto Classical Singers, and the Larkin Singers. 

An accomplished concert soloist, Ms. Taverner won the 2010 Royal Conservatory Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, singing Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and performed the same work with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in Koerner Hall, under the baton of Johannes Debus of the Canadian Opera Company.  Past concert engagements have included Handel’s Messiah with The Elmer Iseler Singers; Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with The Larkin Singers and The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; and Elliot Carter’s A Mirror on Which to Dwell with the Royal Conservatory New Music Ensemble. Further operatic credits include Female Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (Opera on the Avalon), Noémie in Massenet’s Cendrillon (Glenn Gould School), Angel/Witch in the world premiere of R. Murray Schafer’s The Children’s Crusade (Soundstreams/Luminato), and Laurette in Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle (Glenn Gould School).

Ms. Taverner attended the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center and her performances there included Gyorgy Kurtag’s Scenes from a Novel, excerpts from Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Stravinsky’s Les Noces led by Maestro Charles Dutoit.  Ms. Taverner is a grant recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts, and has been named a laureate of Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques. She earned her Bachelor of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University, and completed the Artist Diploma program at the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School.        

 

September 2016

 

OPERA

Bizet    Laurette DOCTEUR MIRACLE
Britten Female Chorus THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA
Cavalli Climene EGISTO
Massenet Noémie CENDRILLON
Mozart Fiordiligi COSÌ FAN TUTTE
Puccini            Musetta LA BOHÈME
Schafer Angel/Witch THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE
Strauss, J. Adele DIE FLEDERMAUS
Verdi Alice FALSTAFF
Weill Rose Maurrant STREET SCENE

CONCERT

Bach   JOHANNES PASSION
MAGNIFICAT
MASS IN B MINOR
MATTHÄUS PASSION
WEIHNACHTSORATORIUM
Barber   KNOXVILLE:  SUMMER OF 1915
Brahms   EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM
Carter   A MIRROR ON WHICH TO DWELL
Current   AIRLINE ICARUS
Dvorak   TE DEUM
Fauré   REQUIEM
Handel   DIXIT DOMINUS
MESSIAH
Haydn   DIE SCHÖPFUNG
NELSON MESSE
THERESIENMESSE
Mozart   CH’IO MI SCORDI DI TE?…NON TEMER, AMATO BENE K. 505
EXULTATE JUBILATE
REQUIEM IN D MINOR
VESPERAE SOLENNES DE CONFESSORE
Rea   OFFENES LIED
Rossini   PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE
Saint-Saëns   ORATORIO DE NOËL
Schubert   MASS IN G
Stravinsky   LE NOCES
Vivaldi              GLORIA

 

“Soprano Jennifer Taverner was resplendent and captivating as she featured her extremely strong yet beautifully delicate and ornamental lyricism.”
Ottawa Life, Justina McCaffrey

“(Ramirez) was perfectly partnered by the beautiful Kathie of soprano Jennifer Taverner; who sang with gleaming tone and charming stage presence.” [Kathie, Student Prince]
Musical Toronto, Joseph So

“Well-matched with Ramirez is Jennifer Taverner as Kathie. Taverner has a strong and clear-toned soprano that can effortlessly hold its frequent high notes steady above the activity of the chorus. Taverner captures Kathie’s innocence, charm and sincerity as well as her foreboding about Karl Franz’s ability really to be free of the court.” [Kathie, Student Prince]
Stage Door, Christopher Hoile

“Taverner is sprightly, light and bright with enough presence to be funny rather than sappy when needed.” [Kathie, Student Prince]
Opera Ramblings, John Gilks

“Jennifer Taverner brought enormous dignity and poise to her Rose, her lovely, warm soprano both soaring and centred. Weill gifts his heroine with a classic forties big band ballad, What Good Would the Moon Be?, sung by Taverner to great effect, smooth as satin, shiny as starlight. Glenn Miller would have approved.” [Opera in Concert, Toronto, Street Scene]
Opera Going Toronto, Ian Ritchie

“As Anna’s daughter, Rose Maurrant, Jennifer Taverner was beautiful. She had a lightness in her voice that sounded Rose’s age, with enough richness to portray her as a wise young woman. She actually sounded similar to Monica, which worked beautifully to establish that Rose and Anna had thoughtfulness and loneliness in common. The role of Rose is deceptively big, but Jennifer made it sound easy. I also thought she was a strong actor, using both the dialogue and the music to help us understand her character.” [Opera in Concert, Toronto, Street Scene]
Schmopera, Jenna Douglas

“Also showing promise is Jennifer Taverner with her pretty, soaring soprano…”
Classical 96.3FM, Paula Citron

“It was generally well sung with the stand out being the daughter, a coloratura soprano played by Jennifer Taverner.”
www.operaramblings.worldpress.com

“…the young artists embraced the silliness with great gusto, with Zachary Finkelstein marshalling a lovely light tenor as Silvio/Pasquin/Docteur Miracle (hence the disguises) and soprano Jennifer Taverner, a burnished soprano as Laurette.”
Opera Canada, Wayne Gooding

“D’autres mentions: …Jennifer Taverner, qui a le sens du timing et une bonne voix.”
La Presse, Claude Gingras

 

Listen

“Rejoice greatly” from Messiah by Handel

“I know that my Redeemer liveth” from Messiah by Handel

 

NEWS

Congratulations to Jennifer Taverner who won the Lyndon Woodside Encouragement Award from the Oratorio Society of New York. Ms. Taverner is seen below receiving her award from Jane Woodside.
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