Jennifer O’Loughlin, Soprano

American soprano Jennifer O’Loughlin has received critical acclaim for her performances in Europe, America, and Japan. In the 2018-19 season, Ms. O’Loughlin made her debut with the RNO at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow singing Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide followed by concerts with the Gottlob-Frick Society Ölbronn and Heilbronner Sinfonie Orchester. She returned to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein to reprise her performance of Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and opened the recital series at Staatstheater am Gaertnerplatz with a program entitled “Late Romantic Dreams” with songs by Rachmaninoff and American composers. In December, she returned to Baltimore to sing Handel’s Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra which was recorded and released on the Naxos Label. Ms. O’Loughlin recently debuted with the Prague Royal Philharmonic performing Carmina Burana as well as with Oper Graz singing the title role in their new production of Flotow’s Martha. Other important performances this season include her reprisals of Donna Anna, Martha, Fiordiligi and the title role in the 2018 production of Maria Stuarda at Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz for which she received this stunning review in Opera News:

“Few sopranos can deliver music and text of this difficulty with such supreme understanding and astonishing, goosebump-raising virtuosity. The evenness of her registers, the strength of her singular vocal timbre, hypnotic and sumptuous, all contributed to an overwhelming performance” (Jeffrey A. Leipsic, Opera News).

“Jennifer O’Loughlin sings the priestess Leila with fearless and passionate high notes. She is perfectly cast with her dramatic coloratura voice.” (Abendzeitung Munich)

Upcoming engagements for Ms. O’Loughlin include Leila in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers at Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz and Frau Hasentreffer in a new production of Hans Werner Henze’s Der Junge Lord directed by Brigitte Fassbaender also at Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz. Future engagements include Gilda in a new production of Rigoletto as well as a staged version of Haendel’s Messiah both at Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz. Ms. O'Loughlin will also reprise Amina in Gärtnerplatz Theater’s award-winning production La Sonnambula and sing Cunegonde in a staged production of Candide.

In the 2017/2018 season, Ms. O’Loughlin made her debut with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein singing Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and with Teatro Massimo in Palermo as Tytania in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She also returned to Tokyo to sing Adele in Die Fledermaus with the New National Theater Tokyo.

In 2016 she debuted at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia also as Tytania in Paul Curran’s stunning production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream under the baton of Roberto Abbado. During her time in Valencia, Maestro Abbado invited Ms. O’Loughlin to collaborate with Elīna Garanča on her Deutsche Grammophon recording entitled Revive.

With Munich’s Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, she has performed various roles such as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Amina in La Sonnambula, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Semele in Semele, Martha in Flotow’s Martha, Leila in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, and Marthe Marker in the world premiere of Frau Schindler.

Other important roles include: Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Gilda in Rigoletto, Frau Fluth in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro.

She has sung at the Bavarian State Opera, Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Vienna State Opera, and The Salzburg and Bregenz Festivals as well as with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, the Tonkünstler Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, and with conductors: Manfred Honeck, Kirill Petrenko, Zubin Mehta, James Conlon, Daniel Harding, Roberto Abbado, Fabio Biondi, Cornelius Meister, Kristyan Järvi, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

A series of concert hall debuts began in spring 2015 with Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater performed with the RAI Orchestra Sinfonica Nationale in Torino followed by Carmina Burana at the International George Enescu Festival in Bucharest and Handel’s Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

In 2014 with Vesselina Kasarova, Ms. O’Loughlin performed the Flower Duet from Lakme for the Red Ribbon Celebration Concert a well as singing for the opening of the Life Ball in Vienna. In 2013, she received the Maria Callas Prize for her performance of the Mad Scene from Lucia di Lammermoor at the PARIS OPERA AWARDS and was nominated as Best Female Lead by the Austrian Music Theater Awards for her performance of Cunegonde in Candide at the Vienna Volksoper.

Ms. O’Loughlin earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory where she studied with Ruth Drucker and a Master of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Joan Patenaude-Yarnell. She received a Karajan Foundation grant to attend the International Zürich Opera Studio and subsequently became an ensemble member at the Vienna Volksoper. She currently collaborates with Mark Markham.

Ms. O’Loughlin can be heard on Elina Garanča’s Deutsche Grammophon recording Revive, Acide by Haydn with the Haydn Sinfonietta Wien (BIS label), Mass by L. Bernstein with the Tonkünstler Orchestra (Chandos label) and the DVD of Rienzi at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse (Opus Arte).

Prizes

  • Abend Zeitung Star of the Year for LA SONNAMBULA
  • Maria Callas Prize for best interpretation of Lucia’s Mad Scene and Audience Favorite Prize, PARIS OPERA AWARDS 2013
  • Nomination, Best Female Lead by the Austrian Music Theater Awards 2013
  • Recipient of a Herbert von Karajan Foundation Stipend to attend the Zürich Opera Studio 2002-2003

Recordings and DVDs

Revive, with Elina Garanca. Recorded on the Deutsche Grammophon label.

“Acide” by Haydn with the Haydn Sinfonietta Wien. Recorded on the BIS label.

“Mass” by L. Bernstein with the Tonkünstler Orchestra. Recorded on the Chandos label.

DVD of Rienzi at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse (2012)