American soprano Jennifer Aylmer has developed a sterling reputation for her beautiful voice, compelling stage portrayals and impeccable musicianship. The New York Times has hailed her for her, “awesome accuracy,” while The Chicago Sun-Times has recommended that listeners, “bask in the aural delight of Aylmer’s dazzling shifts from regal command to cool insouciance and fatally attractive seduction”
This season, Ms. Aylmer performs with Lyric Fest! on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Series at the Kimmel Center, in their Tribute to Leonard Bernstein, featuring his daughter, Jaime Bernstein. She also appears on Carnegie Mellon’s Chamber Music Series in “A Viennese Soirée” featuring guest pianist John O’Conor, and on their “Music of the Americas” program, pairing with pianist Jocelyn Dueck. Additional recent appearances include recitals with Stonington Opera House (Stonington, Maine), as soloist with the Utah Symphony in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, conducted by Thierry Fischer, premiering new works with Kyo-Shin-An Arts in New York City, and with the newly formed contemporary ensemble, NAT 28, in Pittsburgh, PA.
Recent performance highlights include Ms. Aylmer’s guest appearance as soloist in Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato with the Mark Morris Dance Group and the White Light Festival, recitals with the Skaneateles Chamber Music Festival, her debut with Dallas Opera as Bertha in Il barbiere di Siviglia and a return to Opera Theater of St. Louis for her now acclaimed performance of Despina in Così fan tutte. In addition to her performances as singer, Stony Brook University recently premiered her new English translation of Hansel and Gretel and also saw her directing the Peter Sellar’s adaptation, Impressions of Pelléas, based on the Debussy opera, and also Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years at both Stony Brook University’s Staller Center and at the National Opera Center in New York City.
Ms. Aylmer is particularly noted for her work in newly composed American music, including her 2005 Metropolitan Opera debut as Bella in the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy. Other premieres in the operatic arena include Martha in Kirke Meachem’s John Brown with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Rowena in Augusta Read Thomas’ Ligeia and as Cynthia Reid in Bernard Rands’ Belladonna both with the Aspen Music Festival, and at Houston Grand Opera, and she created the role of Amy in Mark Adamo’s Little Women. She may also be heard on the 2012 release “The Opera America Songbook” on Kevin Puts’ new composition: You need song. Other roles at the Metropolitan Opera include Papagena in the first world-wide HD broadcast of The Magic Flute, Bertha in Il barbiere di Siviglia and she has also covered roles in Hansel and Gretel, Cenerentola, and in Shostakovich’s The Nose. Other highlights in the operatic arena include leading roles In Handel’s Orlando, Flavio, Semele, and Acis and Galathea, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Don Pasquale, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, The Grapes of Wrath, Der Rosenkavalier, The Medium, The Merry Widow, Filthy Habit, The Bartered Bride, Street Scene, Falstaff, The Turn of the Screw, Il Matriomonio Segreto, L’occasione fa il ladro, Rigoletto and A Streetcar Named Desire with such companies as New York City Opera, Minnesota Opera, Florentine Opera, Opera Boston, Atlanta Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Orlando Opera, Utah Opera, the Aspen Festival, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Kentucky Opera, Berkshire Opera. Austin Lyric Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera.
Equally accomplished in oratorio, concert, and an especially sought-after recitalist, Ms. Aylmer has been a featured soloist with many distinguished orchestras including the Haydn Orchestra in Bolzano, Italy, Cincinnati Symphony, Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, San Diego Symphony, the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and at the Beijing Music Festival. She sang Eurydice in Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall opposite Ewa Podles and made her San Francisco debut singing Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles with Michael Tilson Thomas. Ms. Aylmer is a recipient of the Alice Tully Hall Vocal Arts Debut Recital from the Juilliard School, has appeared regularly with the New York Festival of Song, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum with baritone Randall Scarlata and pianist Laura Ward in their “The Music of Tin Pan Alley” programs, and has been presented across the country as a solo recitalist by the Marilyn Horne Foundation.
A native of Long Island, Ms. Aylmer holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Westminster Choir College and was a member of both the Juilliard Opera Center and the Houston Grand Opera Studio Programs. Her many honors and awards include a Career Grant from the Sullivan Foundation, the Richard F. Gold Career Grant, the National Society of Arts and Letters, and the Catherine Filene Shouse Career Grant from the Wolf Trap Opera Company. She currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Voice at Carnegie Mellon University and is managed by ADA-Artists (www.ada-artists.com).