The Royal Opera House in London released the wonderful news last week that Cahir Lady and already renowned Soprano, Jennifer Davis is one of five new singers to join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme for 2015.
Jennifer was selected from more than 370 applicants from 59 countries. The audition process began in August 2014. For the first time, preliminary auditions were held in London and Vienna in early October for singers who preferred singing live to sending a recording with their application.
Sixty-six artists were selected to sing in the first of three further rounds with 28 progressing to the second round involving a one-to-one coaching session with David Gowland, Artistic Director of the Programme. A final shortlist of 12 singers auditioned on the main stage in front of a panel comprising Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera, Kasper Holten, Director of Opera, Peter Mario Katona, Director of Casting, David Syrus, Head of Music, David Gowland, Artistic Director of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, Siri Fischer Hansen, Administrator of the Programme and international soprano Yvonne Kenny.
Jennifer and her fellow young artists will work on productions for The Royal Opera, singing small roles, covering larger roles or joining the music or directing staff. They also receive coaching in all opera disciplines. They work with Royal Opera music staff, a wide range of freelance music and language coaches and visiting singers, directors and conductors. Every facility of the Company is made available to them so that their talents are nurtured through total immersion in the life of the Royal Opera House.
Jennifer Davis studied at DIT’s Conservatory of Music and Drama, graduating with first class honours, and at the National Opera Studio. She studies with Colette McGahon-Tosh. She has received support from the Arts Council of Ireland and English National Opera and is the recipient of a Sybil Tutton Award administered by Help Musicians UK. Competition successes include being a semi-finalist in the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, the Gervase Elwes Cup for best overall singer in the Feis Ceoil competition, the Gerard Arnhold Prize at Wexford Festival Opera and the Bernadette Greevy Bursary awarded by the National Concert Hall, Dublin. This prize included a solo recital featuring the premiere of a specially commissioned work by Bernadette Marmion.
Her operatic appearances include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) for Glasthule Opera, High Priestess (Aida) and Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) for Lyric Opera Productions, Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) for Irish Youth Opera and Adina (L’elisir d’amore) and Agata (Don Bucefalo) for Wexford Festival Opera.
She has performed extensively throughout the UK and Ireland in concert, oratorio and opera, with highlights including a concert with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, broadcast live on RTÉ Lyric FM.