Sunday, January 4, 2015

Jennifer Rowley and "Healthy Body, Healthy Voice"

Readers of this blog will not be surprised to read another expression of love and adoration for the beautiful soprano Jennifer Rowley. From her surprise debut at Caramoor several years ago to her more recent Metropolitan Opera debut, I've been following Miss Rowley's career closely.

Jennifer Rowley and Rosario La Spina
(c) James Rogers, West Australia Opera
When Jennifer made her debut with the West Australia Opera as Leonora in Il Trovatore, I was heartsick that I couldn't travel to be in attendance. I tried to reach out to find others who would be there in my stead, and although I met many charming Perth men online, most were interested in things other than opera!  Fortunately a representative from Bachtrack was there, and wrote this review.  To wit, the most important lines are these:

Making both her Australian and role debut[s] as Leonora, soprano Jennifer Rowley is large in voice and expressive in range, displaying natural vibrancy and controlled phrasing. Opening with pensive yearning in “Tacea la notte placida”, then frolicking with mature, seductive playfulness as she undresses to “Di tale amor”, Rowley's Leonora continues to feed every aspect of the drama with heartfelt conviction. 

Alas, I probably won't be able to travel to Dresden to see her first Tosca in April, or London to see her Covent Garden debut as Musetta in May/June.

However, I will be able to be among the audience for Jen's first webinar, as part of the Sexi Soprano collective,  on the subject of "Healthy Body, Healthy Voice".  Click the link to find the details.  I'll write more about it after the fact.

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