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Jennifer Bird-Arvidsson

American soprano Jennifer Bird has built a reputation as a charismatic, intelligent and versatile performer of opera, operetta, and oratorio. As the recipient of a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, Jennifer studied in Germany in the Opernklasse of the Hamburg Musikhochschule. She was part of the soloist ensemble at the Landestheater Coburg and the Bremer Theater, performing leading roles in the lyric-coloratura repertory. Engagements followed at the Vienna Volksoper, Nationaltheater Mannheim, and Theater Bonn, among others. Highlights have included the title roles in Lulu and Lucia di Lammermoor, Gilda in Rigoletto, and Violetta in La traviata.
Jennifer was the soprano soloist in The Messiah with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with the Bremer Philharmonic and with the US Army Band at Carnegie Hall. She was the soprano soloist in the world premiere performances of Ticheli’s Songs of Love and Life, recorded under the Klavier label. Highlights of recent seasons have included Mozart’s Requiem with the Midland-Odessa Symphony, Mahler’s 2nd and 4th Symphonies with the Boulder MahlerFest, Poulenc’s Gloria at Lincoln Center, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in a semi-staged version with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and Central City Opera. The 2016-17 season will include Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony with Pro Musica Colorado and Chausson’s Chanson Perpetuelle with the Takács Quartet. Jennifer has been a prizewinner in several international competitions, including First Prizes in the Sylvia Geszty and Robert Stolz Competitions. She is a member of the voice faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder.