JENNIFER TAVERNER

Soprano

BIOGRAPHY

Soprano Jennifer Taverner has been described as "resplendent and captivating" (Ottawa Life) and is in high demand as a soloist with orchestras and opera companies across Canada. In the 2017-2018 season, she debuts with Pacific Opera Victoria as Armida in Handel's Rinaldo, and with Tapestry Opera as Lily in the premiere of Bandits in the Valley. Her 2016/2017 season began with an engagement at the Canadian Opera Company covering the role of Ginevra in Handel’s Ariodante. Other recent engagements include Vivier’s Kopernikus with Against the Grain at the Banff Centre, Nadina in The Chocolate Soldier (Toronto Operetta Theatre), Mozart’s Requiem (Bach Elgar Choir), Honegger’s King David (Menno Singers) and Messiah (Thirteen Strings Orchestra).

 

Jennifer’s 2015/16 season highlights included Adele in Die Fledermaus (Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony), Kathie in The Student Prince (Toronto Operetta Theatre), and various concert engagements including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Niagara Symphony), Vivaldi motets with Thirteen Strings Orchestra, and performances in Ottawa’s Music and Beyond Festival. Other recent highlights include Brian Current’s Airline Icarus (Soundstreams), Rose in Street Scene (Voicebox: Opera in Concert),  Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte (Jeunesses Musicales), Messiah (Grand Philharmonic Choir), and Bach’s Mass in B Minor (Toronto Mendelssohn Choir). In 2016, she was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in the finals of the New York Oratorio Society Competition and was awarded the Lyndon Woodside Encouragement Award.

 

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. She is a grant recipient from 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.

2016 NEW YORK ORATORIO SOCIETY COMPETITION –
LYNDON WOODSIDE ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD WINNER

 

As Lily Pollard in Bandits in the Valley with Tapestry Opera –

"Taverner is ravishing as the diva – what a treat to hear her creamy soprano up close."

Glenn Sumi, Now Magazine

 

SELECTED ROLES

Lily | Bandits in the Valley

Ginevra | Ariodante

Adele | Die Fledermaus

SELECTED REPERTOIRE

Bach | B Minor Mass

Handel | Messiah

Mozart | Requiem

Jennifer Taverner, Soprano

VIDEO

Tiefenbach

Chansons de mon placard

 

RESUME

Opera & Operetta

2018

Armida (Rinaldo)

2017

Lily (Bandits in the Valley)

Soprano (Kopernikus)

Nadina (The Chocolate Soldier)

2016

Ginevra* (Ariodante)

Adele (Die Fledermaus)

2015

Kathie (The Student Prince)

Mabel (Pirates of Penzance)

Rose (Street Scene)

2014

Héro (Béatrice et Bénédict)

Passenger (Airline Icarus)

2013

Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni)

Helena/Ellen/Governess (“Britten Scenes”)

Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte)

2011

Laurette (Le Docteur Miracle)

2010

Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia)

Noémie (Cendrillon)

2009

Angel/Witch (The Children’s Crusade)

 

 

Handel

 

Benton Roark

Vivier

O. Straus

 

Handel

J. Strauss

 

Romberg

Sullivan

Weill

 

Berlioz

Brian

 

Mozart

Britten

Mozart

 

Bizet

 

Britten

Massenet

 

R. Murray Schafer

 

Pacific Opera Victoria

 

Tapestry Opera

Banff Centre/Against the Grain

Toronto Operetta Theatre

 

Canadian Opera Company

Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

 

Toronto Operetta Theatre

The Cellar Singers

Voicebox: Opera in Concert

 

Opera by Request

Current Soundstreams

 

Opera by Request

Highlands Opera Studio

Jeunesses Musicales Canada

 

Glenn Gould School, RCM

 

Opera on the Avalon

Glenn Gould School, RCM

 

Soundstreams/Luminato

*Cover

Oratorio & Concert

2017

Christmas Oratorio

Requiem

King David

2016

Messiah

“Arias, Gala Concert”

RV617, RV635

Symphony No. 9

2015

Exsultate, jubilate K165

Christmas Oratorio

“An Evening of Gilbert & Sullivan”

Petite Messe Solennelle

“Portraits of a Pioneer: Jean Coulthard”

2014

“Lonely Child”

Messiah

Mass in B minor Bach

Requiem

Te Deum

2013

“Holiday Concert”

 Messiah

 Messiah

 Schubertiad

 Theresienmesse/Mass in G

2012

Magnificat/Christmas Oratorio

Messiah

Messiah

“Les Noces”

2011

2nd Priestess (Iphigenie en Tauride)**

“Scenes from a Novel”

Lord Nelson Mass

Ein Deutsches Requiem

2010

Messiah

“Knoxville: Summer of 1915”

“A Mirror on Which to Dwell”

 

Bach

Mozart

Honegger

 

Handel

Handel

Vivaldi

Beethoven

 

Mozart

Bach

Sullivan

Rossini

Jean Coulthard

 

Vivier

Handel

Bach

Fauré

Dvořák

 

Various

Handel

Handel

Schubert

Haydn/Schubert

 

Bach/Saint-Saens

Handel

Handel

Stravinsky

 

Gluck

Kurtag

Haydn

Brahms

 

Handel

Barber

Elliot Carter

 

The Cellar Singers

Bach Elgar Choir

Menno Singers

 

Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra

Music and Beyond Festival

Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra

Niagara Symphony Orchestra

 

Toronto Sinfonietta Orchestra

Toronto Classical Singers

Niagara Symphony Orchestra

Bach Elgar Choir

Canadian Music Centre

 

Royal Conservatory New Music Ensemble

Grand Philharmonic Choir

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Bach Elgar Choir

Huronia Symphony Orchestra

 

Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra

Bach Elgar Choir

St. Matthew’s Anglican Church

Off Centre Salon

Larkin Singers

 

Toronto Classical Singers/Talisker Players

Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra

Bach Elgar Choir

Tanglewood Music Center

 

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood

Tanglewood Music Center

Bloor St. United Church

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

 

Elmer Iseler Singers

Royal Conservatory Orchestra

Royal Conservatory New Music Ensemble

**Scenes

Accomplishments

AWARDS

2016 | Finalist/Encouragement Award – New York Oratorio Society, Lyndon Woodside Solo Competition

2013 | Finalist – Clifford Poole Vocal Competition, Cathedral Bluffs Orchestra

2012 | Semi-finalist – Montreal International Music Competition

2011 | Prix Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques – Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques

2011 | Laureate – Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques

2010 | 1st Prize winner – Royal Conservatory Concerto Competition, The Glenn Gould School

2009–10 | Grant recipient – Canada Council for the Arts

2009 | Jean Marie Scott Scholarship – The Glenn Gould School, RCM

 

TRAINING

2013 | Art of Song Program, Toronto Summer Music Festival

2013 | Highlands Opera Studio

2011–12 | Vocal Fellow, Tanglewood Music Center

2011 | Artist Diploma, The Glenn Gould School, RCM

2010 | Canadian Vocal Arts Institute (CVAI)

2010 | Opera on the Avalon

2009 | Opera Workshop with Wendy Nielsen

2008 | Queen of Puddings Songs and Scenes Program

2002 | Honours Bachelor of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University

PRESS KIT

HEADSHOTS

DOCUMENTS

Updated Sep 2017

 

 

AUDIO

Rossini

O Salutaris

Petite Messe Solennelle


Handel

I know that my redeemer liveth

Messiah


Handel

Rejoice greatly

Messiah


Vivaldi

Ascende laeta Mvt 1

REVIEWS

As Lily Pollard in Bandits in the Valley with Tapestry Opera –

"The ladies are headed up by Jennifer Taverner as Lily Pollard. I’ve said before that she’s just about the ideal operetta soubrette and here she’s pretty ideal as a meta operetta soubrette. She is about the only character who gets to show off vocally and she does it very well. "

John Gilks, Opera Ramblings

 

“Jennifer Taverner as Lily Pollard, the star of the troupe and the love interest of several other characters, was a standout. She was tender but no-nonsense as they battled for her affections."

Allison Gerson, Mooney on Theatre

 

"Taverner is ravishing as the diva – what a treat to hear her creamy soprano up close."

Glenn Sumi, Now Magazine

 

As Nadina in The Chocolate Soldier with Toronto Operetta Theatre –

“Jennifer Taverner may be just about the ideal operetta soubrette. She’s got a light, bright, agile and accurate soprano, is a good actress with excellent comic timing and moves well. In fact she rather shows up some of the rest of the cast in the occasional dance numbers.”

John Gilks, Opera Ramblings

 

“Her lovely soprano is rounded, warm and rich and she sings “My Hero” with such intensity and ardour it brought down the house.”

Christopher Hoile, Stage Door

 

In Messiah with Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra –

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

Justina McCaffrey, Ottawa Life

 

As Kathie in The Student Prince with Toronto Operetta Theatre –

“(Ramirez) was perfectly partnered by the beautiful Kathie of soprano Jennifer Taverner, who sang with gleaming tone and charming stage presence.”

Joseph So, Musical Toronto

 

“Well-matched with Ramírez 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”

Christopher Hoile, Stage Door

 

“Taverner is sprightly, light and bright with enough presence to be funny rather than sappy when needed.”

John Gilks, Opera Ramblings

 

As Mabel in Pirates of Penzance with Cellar Singers, Orillia –

“...the Cellars (Singers) would do well to bring back soprano Jennifer Taverner often. She's a powerful singer who I had no problem hearing clearly and she is a powerful stage presence no one can miss when she makes an entrance.”

John Swartz, Orillia Packet

 

As Rose in Street Scene with Voicebox: Opera in Concert –

“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.”

Ian Ritchie, Opera Going Toronto

 

“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... 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.”

Jenna Douglas, Schmopera

 

“Lovely light lyric voice... nice, silvery tone”

Joseph So, La Scena Musicale

 

In the Montreal International Music Competition –

“Jennifer Taverner was the surprising absence among the all-soprano female finalists; she has the presence to breed new opera fans.”

Lev Bratishenko, Montreal Gazette

 

As Laurette in Le Docteur Miracle with RCM Glenn Gould School –

“Also showing promise are Jennifer Taverner with her pretty, soaring soprano...”

Paula Citron, Classical 96.3fm

 

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

John Gilks, Opera Ramblings

 

“...the young artists embraced this silliness with great gusto, with... soprano Jennifer Taverner a burnished soprano as Laurette.”

Wayne Gooding, Opera Canada

 

In the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute Gala –

“D'autres mentions : ... Jennifer Taverner, qui a le sens du timing et une bonne voix”

Claude Gingras, La Presse