Soprano Jennifer Davis, from Cahir, has been selected for the cast and chorus of the prestigious Wexford Opera Festival this year.
Since 1951, Wexford has hosted what is widely regarded as one of the world’s most remarkable festivals and has re-affirmed its reputation this year when it was shortlisted as a finalist in the Best Festival Opera category at the 2013 International Opera Awards. Wexford prides itself in bringing new life to unjustly neglected operas, introducing artists and audiences to forgotten masterpieces and providing an invaluable international platform for emerging talent, and this year is no different.
The cast and chorus have thrown themselves into the final preparations for the festival, which begins on October 23, amongst them Jennifer who has already been making a name for herself in Tipperary and further afield. Born in Maidenhead in Berkshire, England, Jennifer moved to Cahir, Co. Tipperary at the age of 11. Three of her grandparents were Irish, and she has a large family in Kildare on her mother’s side. Jennifer continues to return to Cahir almost every weekend, where she has a number of singing students.
After graduating from UCD with a degree in English Literature, Jennifer returned to Cahir. Whilst deciding what to do with her degree, she joined an amateur society in Clonmel, who were staging a production of ‘The Mikado’. Jennifer had not performed during her time in UCD, but still got the lead soprano role of Yum-Yum. It was this experience that made her realise that she had always wanted to be a singer.
In July 2012 Jennifer was a semi-finalist in the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition in Vienna and she is an alumna of Opera Theatre Companies YAA programme. She has participated in masterclasses, notably with Patricia Bardon, Nuccia Focile and Ann Murray.
In July 2013 she also made her lunchtime debut with the RTÉ NSO in a concert entitled ‘Lunchtime Jewels’ to great acclaim. She has performed in concerts in the National Concert Hall, John Field Room (NCH), Dublin Castle and Kilruddery House and Gardens, and in Trinity Church alongside Virginia Kerr and Ann Murray.
Operatic roles include Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro – Glasthule Opera, Sep 2012), High Priestess (Aida – Lyric Opera, Nov 2012), Governess (The Turn of the Screw – DIT, Jan 2013), Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro – Lyric Opera, Feb 2013).
Jennifer is this year’s winner of the Bernadette Greevy Bursary from the National Concert Hall Dublin. Jennifer will be relocating to the UK later this year as she has been accepted into The National Opera Studio in London; she is very much looking forward to this next step in her career.
During this year’s festival, Jennifer will be singing the role of Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore as well as performing in the Wexford Festival Chorus in Cristina, regina di Svezia and Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze.
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