Shannon Jennings
(She/Her) Praised by The Washington Post for her dramatic intensity and vocal ability, soprano Shannon Jennings' 2022 season includes the title role in 'Tosca' with Opera Las Vegas, Mimì in 'La bohème' with both Newport Classical and Kentucky Opera, 'Knoxville: Summer of 1915' with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and a recital with Washington Concert Opera. Ms. Jennings can be heard on Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino's solo album 'Travelogue Volume 1.'
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Shannon Jennings

Praised by the Washington Post for her dramatic intensity and vocal ability, soprano Shannon Jennings continues to wow critics and audiences alike. Her 2022 season includes making her house debut as the title role in 'Tosca' with Opera Las Vegas, singing Mimì in 'La bohème' with Newport Classical, Mimì in 'La bohème' with Kentucky Opera, and 'Knoxville: Summer of 1915' with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. She also joins Virginia Opera covering Beatrice in 'Three Decembers,' covering Beggar Woman in 'Sweeney Todd' at Opera Omaha, and singing a recital with Washington Concert Opera.

In summer of 2021, she returned to Wolf Trap Opera to sing Barber’s 'Knoxville: Summer of 1915' in recital, the title role in Viardot’s 'Cendrillon,' and the Beggar Woman in 'Sweeney Todd.' In the spring of 2021, she joined Palm Beach Opera, singing Erste Dame in 'Die Zauberflöte,' and covering Latonia Moore as Mimì in 'La bohème' and Ana María Martínez as Nedda in 'Pagliacci.' In 2020, Ms. Jennings made her recording debut with Death Waltz Records as a soloist in Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino's first solo album, Travelogue Volume 1. She also performed as a soprano soloist with Washington Concert Opera's Centennial Celebration of the Suffragettes, and in place of her debut with Kentucky Opera as Mimì in 'La bohème' (COVID-19 - rescheduled to Fall 2022), she joined the company for digital media performances. Her 2019-20 season included residency with Wolf Trap Opera, her role debut as Tosca with Annapolis Opera, and her debuts with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra as the soloist in Michael Giacchino's world premiere of 'ADVENT' to commemorate NASA's 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing.

Ms. Jennings was a 2018 Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera, where she covered soprano Ana María Martínez as Cio-Cio San in 'Madama Butterfly.' As a Resident Artist with Pittsburgh Opera from 2016 to 2018, she sang Giannetta in 'The Elixir of Love,' Aunt Sarah/Iraqi Woman/Shrink in 'The Long Walk,' and Constanza in the rarely seen Handel opera, 'Richard the Lionheart.' Pittsburgh in the Round hailed Ms. Jennings as “a vision… [singing] treacherously difficult music with what seemed to be the greatest of ease and with a voice of beautiful quality and quantity." Ms. Jennings is an alumna of the Merola Opera Program, where The Bay Area Reporter wrote that "her darker sound and clear tone have a blooming quality that easily filled the big opera-house acoustic." Other residencies have included Virginia Opera, Central City Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, the Wolf Trap Opera Studio, and the Mittelsächsisches Theater in Freiberg, Germany, where she began her career performing Pamina in 'Die Zauberflöte.' Ms. Jennings has also sung as a soloist with the Virginia Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, and the Mittelsächsisches Philharmonie. Other highlights include Marguerite in 'Faust' with Annapolis Opera, Fiordiligi in 'Così fan tutte' with Opera Orlando, Josephine in 'HMS Pinafore' with Virginia Opera, Mimì in 'La bohème' with DC Public Opera, and Guenevere in 'Camelot' with Virginia Opera, for which AltDaily praised her as "the perfect blend of beauty and spirit," after she appeared in the role for the detained lead in a nearly sold-out performance.

A formidable competitor, Ms. Jennings was a finalist in the 2019 George London Foundation competition, a winner of the 2017 Mildred Miller International Voice Competition, a Capitol District Winner in the 2016-17 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a winner of the 2015 Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Florida State University.

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