Possessed of a warm, powerful and amber-colored voice, soprano Jennifer Furst has portrayed key roles of the soprano repertoire including Violetta, Suor Angelica, Micaela and Fiordiligi.
In the 2012-2013 season Ms. Furst debuted the role of Violetta in Valley Lyric Opera’s production of La Traviata in Pennsylvania, under the baton of Maestro Brian Holman. She also took part in a celebration of the Verdi bicentennial in a concert of rare opera scenes called “Viva Verdi”, presented by VeraMusica Productions in New York City and sang the role of the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte at New York Lyric Opera Theatre. Ms. Furst was also seen in a recital program on the theme of love at VeraMusica Productions in “Affairs of the Heart”. In the summer of 2013, Ms. Furst will perform the role of Nedda in I Pagliacci with Utopia Unlimited Opera in New York City and will return to Valley Lyric Opera to sing her first Gilda in Rigoletto.
In 2011-2012, Ms. Furst debuted the roles of the Mother in Hansel and Gretel with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre Summer Festival at New York City’s Symphony Space, and the High Priestess in Aida at Columbia University Teachers College. She appeared twice in concert with celebrated tenor Francisco Casanova, in New York City and at Valley Lyric Opera. Additionally, Ms. Furst covered Micaela in Carmen at the Opera Company of Brooklyn. She created the role of La Sirènne in The Saltwater Hotel by composer Susan Oetgen, and presented excerpts of the operaat the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.
In 2010, Ms. Furst collaborated with pianists Pascal Rogé and Ami Hakuno Rogé as the soprano soloist in the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzer, both at the Trail Mix Concert Series (NY) and at the Bechstein Piano Center in New York City. She also appeared in Chelsea Opera’s productions of Suor Angelica and Amahl and the Night Visitors and in the New York Summer Opera Scenes Festival as Cio Cio San in scenes from Madama Butterfly in2009. She was fortunate to have performed at the historic Amato Opera as Leonora in Il Trovatore, Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte and as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana.
Born in Washington, DC, Ms. Furst earned her BA in Vocal Performance from The Catholic University of America. Other roles in her developing repertoire include Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Nedda (I Pagliacci) and Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor).