As a standout among both seria and buffa roles, Jenni Bank’s voice has been praised as “lush” by The Wall Street Journal, and The Baltimore Sun recently referred to her singing as “deep, dark, penetrating tone…that can extract Verdian richness.”
Upcoming and within the season: In the 2016-17 season she sings Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance with Knoxville Opera; Die Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte with Seattle Opera; covers the same role at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; travels to Korea to make her debut with the Seoul Philharmonic in selections from Alice in Wonderland; makes her Hawai’i Opera Theater debut 2018 as the Marquise in La fille du Regiment; and, reprises Die Dritte Dame with Florentine Opera. Last season she was Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd with Tri-Cities Opera; appeared in concert with the Birmingham Symphony; and, returned to Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Firdaus Noman in the world première of Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown based on a novel by Salman Rushdie.
In the 2014-15 season she returned to Florentine Opera as Mary in Der fliegende Holländer and reprised the role of The Duchess in
Ms Bank has performed the roles of The Witch in Hänsel und Gretel with Opera in the Heights; the Old Lady in Candide with Amarillo Opera, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro with Florentine Opera, Filippyevna in Eugene Onegin with Opera Company of Middlebury, Little Buttercup in HMS Pinafore and Katisha in The Mikado with the Young Victorian Theatre Co. in Baltimore. During the 2013-14 season she was a guest artist with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic as The Duchess in Alice in Wonderland; was Mrs. Peachum in The Threepenny Opera with Amarillo Opera; and sang the role of Golde in Fiddler on the Roof with Ash Lawn Opera.
She has performed the role of Azucena in Verdi’s Il trovatore with Opera in the Heights in
Comfortable in concert and oratorio repertoire, she has sung Argento’s Casa Guidi song cycle with full orchestra and soloed in the Verdi Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Bruckner Te Deum, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Additionally, Ms Bank has been featured on public television as an up-and-coming artist and has sung recitals in her birth country of
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“Verdian technique of the highest caliber and agility to cover the scale with strength and, yes, subtlety…Bank is her own force of nature and achingly conveyed her obsessed gypsy heart through masterful command of her stupendous voice. Thrilling to behold, it's like hearing the waves of the sea.”
— Houston Press