Corona Serenades: Q&A with Jennifer Carter, soprano (Canada-UK)

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Meet Jennifer Carter, soprano for Corona Serenades


How has Covid-19 affected you? 

In addition to the loss of performances (as for all singers everywhere), Covid-19 has meant taking all my voice teaching online.  There are pluses and minuses, but lot more students took the summer off than usual, because online is not the same as in person. Unfortunately the science looks like it’s going to be a while yet before we can safely sing in person, so I will be staying online for some time.

I also have a pre-schooler and a school age child.  While their dad and I are both trying to work from home, and balance who needs the internet when for meetings and lessons, they have needed help with online school and general entertaining.  Three is a busy age!! As parents it feels like we are constantly tagging off, so we are very grateful to have each other.

What are your 5 favorite operas?

Ariadne auf Naxos, Die Walküre, La traviata, La bohème, Les dialogues des Carmelites

What are your dream roles? 

Der Kaiserin in Strauss’ Frau ohne Schatten (or anything Strauss, really!!); Konstanze from Die Entführung aus dem Serail; Leonora in Il Trovatore; Tosca; Norma

What movies, books, TV shows would you recommend? 

I haven’t had a lot of time to read or watch tv! I occasionally enjoy a podcast here or there, but I used to do that in the car, and these days I’m not going out very often or very far!  However, my almost four-year-old is all about Paw Patrol, and his older brother is all about Hollow Knight and the Legend of Zelda video games!!

Why have you signed on to work with the Corona Serenades project? 

I love to see people moved by singing. I think the human voice can be very healing when we hear it and feel it in person. This is the closest we can get right now, because they are finding the virus can be spread on aerosol particles; and singers are really, really good at distributing aerosols.  I’m happy to have a chance to reach those who are quarantined at home and lonely right now, in particular. I hope my song will bring them a moment of peace, or a smile!

Biography

Soprano and voice teacher Jennifer Carter has been praised as “a wonderfully honest and communicative performer” (Opera Programs Berlin) and “consummate singing actor” (BarzcaBlog). Favorite roles include Violetta (La Traviata) with Opera Oshawa and Opera by Request; Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with Capital City Opera and Opera Vi/Vace; Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) with Premiere Productions and Oshawa Opera; and Mimì (La bohème) with the Colours of Music Festival in Barrie, and Opera by Request. Opera Kitchener featured her as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte).

In summer 2019 she portrayed Ariadne in an excerpt from Ariadne auf Naxos, and La badessa in Suor Angelica with Opera Susquehanna. Featured in recital on the lunch hour concert series at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kitchener, and the Encore! Professionals recital series at Brock University (St. Catharines), she also was the soprano soloist for Messiah with Vocal Horizons Chamber Choir.

She opened 2020 as both Rheinmaiden and Valkyrie in the joint Toronto production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle by Opera by Request and Berlin Opera Gruppe, singing Wellgunde (Das Rheingold, Götterdämmerung) and Waltraute (Die Walküre). Previously she has sung both Wellgunde and Woglinde (Das Rheingold) with Dramatic Voices Program Berlin and Canadian Operatic Arts Academy. In summer 2021, she will return to Dramatic Voices Program Berlin as Chrysothemis in Strauss’ Elektra.

Repertoire Selections

Opera:
PETER GRIMES: Embroidery in childhood (Britten) RUSALKA: Song to the moon (Dvorak) DIE TOTE STADT: Marietta’s Lied (Korngold) LA BOHÈME: Quando m’en vo, Si mi chiamano Mimi, Donde lieta (Puccini) GIANNI SCHICCHI: O mio babbino caro (Puccini) LA RONDINE: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (Puccini) TOSCA: Vissi d’arte (Puccini) ARABELLA: Das war sehr gut, Mandryka (Strauss) DIE FLEDERMAUS: Klänge der Heimat (Strauß) TANNHÄUSER: Dich, teure Halle (Wagner)

Art Song:
Debussy: C’est l’extase, Il pleure dan mon coeur Duparc: Chanson triste Schubert: Lied der Mignon Strauss: Cäcile, Die Nacht, Ständchen, Zueignung

Musical Theatre:
PINOCCHIO: When you wish upon a star (Harline) CAROUSEL: You’ll Never Walk Alone (Rodgers) THE SOUND OF MUSIC: Climb Every Mountain, My Favourite Things, Edelweiss (Rodgers) MARY POPPINS: Spoonful of Sugar, Feed the Birds (Sherman) PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: Think of Me, Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (A. L. Webber) THE MUSIC MAN: ‘Til There was You, Goodnight my Someone (Wilson) KISMET: And this is my beloved (Wright/Forrest)

Miscellaneous:
Over the Rainbow (Arlen) Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod) Skylark (Carmichael) You Raise Me Up (Groban) Moon River (Mancini)

Traditional Folk:
Down by the Salley Gardens The Ash Grove O Waly, Waly (The Water is Wide) Shenandoah Danny Boy Morning has Broken How Great Thou Art Amazing Grace What a Friend we Have in Jesus

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