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 Jennifer is a guest artist at Virginia Tech and Stony Brook Universities, and is soloist with the National Chorale at their annual Messiah sing-in. Recent engagements include a return to Portland Opera as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, performances of Despina in Cosí fan tutte for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, in addition to concerts with the Haydn Orchestra, Skaneateles Music Festival, and Kansas City Symphony. She will be making her Dallas Opera debut in 2014.
Recently, Jennifer made her debut singing Monica in The Medium with Spoleto Festival USA and has appeared as a soloist with Lyric Fest!, the Sarasota Performing Arts series, the New York Festival of Song, and at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston with baritone Randall Scarlata and pianist Laura Ward in their Tin Pan Alley concert program. Ms. Aylmer has performed the title role in Rodelinda with Portland Opera, and as Martha in the new opera John Brown with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, as Hannah in Opera New Jersey’s The Merry Widow, and as Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel for her Atlanta Opera debut, which she also covered for the Metropolitan Opera. Other favorite operatic engagements have included the title role in Semele with Florentine Opera, Kathie in The Student Prince with Nashville Opera, Mařenka in The Bartered Bride with Opera Boston, Rosasharn in The Grapes of Wrath at Utah Opera and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at the Green Mountain Festival. Additionally, Jennifer has enjoyed a long career at the New York City Opera, where her roles included Gretel, Pamina, Papagena, Barbarina, and leading heroines in Handel's Flavio, Ariodante, and Orlando. Other highlights in the opera arena include leading roles in Don Pasquale, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, Der Rosenkavalier, Street Scene, Falstaff, and The Turn of the Screw with such companies as Minnesota Opera, Orlando Opera, Utah Opera, the Aspen Festival, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Kentucky Opera, and Berkshire Opera. With Austin Lyric Opera she has performed both Gilda in Rigoletto and Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire. As a member of the Houston Grand Opera studio, she created the role of Amy in the world premiere of Mark Adamo's Little Women.
Jennifer made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2005-2006 season as Bella in the world premiere of Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy. She returned to the Met the following season as Papagena in the first world-wide broadcast of Julie Taymor's The Magic Flute. Also that season, she returned to the Alabama Symphony for Mozart's Requiem, and their "Viennese New Year's Concert." Other engagements at the Met include covering Clorinda, Gretel, Berta, and Mme. Pdtochina's Daughter in The Nose.
Equally accomplished in oratorio, concert, and an especially sought-after recitalist, Jennifer has been a featured soloist with the Haydn Orchestra in Bolzano, Italy, the Phoenix Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Beijing Music Festival. She sang Eurydice in Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall, and during the summer of 2005 made her San Francisco debut singing Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles with Michael Tilson Thomas. Jennifer made her New York recital debut as the 2001 recipient of the Alice Tully Hall Vocal Arts Debut Recital from the Juilliard School and has been presented across the country by the Marilyn Horne Foundation. A native of Long Island, Ms. Aylmer is a graduate of Eastman School of Music and alumnus of the Juilliard Opera Center. She also received her Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College, and currently teaches voice at the Seagle Music Colony. Her many honors and awards include a Career Grant from the William Matheus 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.