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Jennifer O'Loughlin
Soprano

“Few sopranos can deliver music and text of this difficulty with such supreme understanding and astonishing, goosebump-raising virtuosity. The evenness of her registers, the strength of her singular vocal timbre, hypnotic and sumptuous, all contributed to an overwhelming performance.”

(Jeffrey A. Leipsic, Opera News, on Maria Stuarda)

Jennifer O'Loughlin

Biography

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In November 2021, American soprano Jennifer O'Loughlin was made a Bavarian Kammersängerin by the Bavarian Minister of State for Science and Art. The title was officially bestowed upon her after a performance of Donizetti's Anna Bolena at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz- a follow up to the house's highly successful 2018 production of Maria Stuarda for which she also garnered critical acclaim in the title role of the Scottish Queen.

O'Loughlin sings and acts like a true queen. The coloratura is effortless, the phrasing and the top notes are pure and round, and the expression is delicately sensual." (8. December 2020 Sabine Weber, Klassikfavori.de)

To conclude her 2020/21 season, Ms. O'Loughlin made another successful bel canto role debut as the sassy Rosina in the new production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia which showcased her comedic talent in contrast to the tragic Donizetti queens.

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The star of the evening... is Rosina, Jennifer O'Loughlin. She is flirtatious, lively, charming, and immensely present. She strings one feather-light coloratura phrase after the other together with extreme perfection. She dedicates herself to great feeling infused with a fine touch of irony." (Egbert Tholl: Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Also during the 2020/21 season, Ms. O'Loughlin participated in a production entitled "Primadonnen: The Divas of Gärtnerplatz" featuring various arias and ensembles including "O beau pays" and "Mira o Norma."

During the 2021/22 season, Ms. O'Loughlin made her role debut as Antonia in "The Tales of Hoffmann". Later this season, she will debut as Rosalinde in "Der Fledermaus" and reprise Gilda in Rigoletto and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni—all at the Gärtnerplatz Theater in Munich.

Ms. O'Loughlin triumphed as Gilda in Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz's new production of Rigoletto during the 2019/20 season.

Jennifer O'Loughlin sings this part with a powerful, full tone and imposing energy: In her interpretation, Gilda transforms from a passive victim to a confident young woman…." (concerti.de)

Other important appearances during the 2019/20 season include her role debut as Gretel in "Hansel und Gretel" as well as two concerts on the stage of the Philharmonie of Gasteig: "Letzte Nacht des Jahres" (New Year's Eve 2019) with the Münchner Symphonikern and "Belcanto Opera Gala" with the Prague Royal Philharmonic.

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2018/19 was a truly international season for Ms. O'Loughlin as she debuted with the Russian National Orchestra at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow singing Cunegonde in Bernstein's Candide and with Oper Graz singing the title role in Flotow's Martha. She returned to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein to reprise her performance of Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and to Baltimore to sing Handel's Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra which was recorded and released on the Naxos Label.

Two important house debuts were made during the 2017/18 season when Ms. O'Loughlin performed at Teatro Massimo in Palermo singing Tytania in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream and at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein singing Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. She also returned to reprise the role of Adele in Die Fledermaus with the New National Theater Tokyo.

Under the baton of Roberto Abbado, she debuted at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia as Tytania in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream (2016). While in Valencia, Maestro Abbado invited Ms. O'Loughlin to collaborate with Elīna Garanča on her Deutsche Grammophon recording entitled Revive.

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In 2015 she performed Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with the RAI Orchestra Sinfonica Nationale in Torino, Carmina Burana at the International George Enescu Festival in Bucharest, and Handel's Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, she received the Maria Callas Prize for her performance of the Mad Scene from Lucia di Lammermoor at the PARIS OPERA AWARDS and was nominated as Best Female Lead by the Austrian Music Theater Awards for her performance of Cunegonde in Candide at the Vienna Volksoper. She has sung at the Bavarian State Opera, Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Vienna State Opera, the The Salzburg and Bregenz Festivals as well as with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, the Tonkünstler Orchestra, and with conductors: Manfred Honeck, Zubin Mehta, James Conlon, Roberto Abbado, Daniel Harding, Fabio Biondi, Cornelius Meister, Kristyan Järvi, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Ms. O'Loughlin earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory, a Master of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music, and received a Karajan Foundation grant to attend the International Zürich Opera Studio. She subsequently became an ensemble member at the Vienna Volksoper and is currently an ensemble member with the Staatstheater am Gaertnerplatz.

She can be heard on the Naxos label performing Haendel's Messiah, on Elina Garanča's Deutsche Grammophon recording Revive, Acide by Haydn with the Haydn Sinfonietta Wien (BIS label), Mass by L. Bernstein with the Tonkünstler Orchestra (Chandos label) and the DVD of Rienzi at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse (Opus Arte).

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