Biography

Jennifer Gliere,

from Cincinnati, Ohio, has been described as “a sensitive artist who knows how to turn a phrase while giving urgent meaning to the text.” She has appeared in recital and oratorio in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, and throughout the United States. She has given two recital tours in Mexico, performing in live festivals and events around the country as well as giving masterclasses to several youth choirs and appearing in television and radio studios. Recent highlights have included recital tours in Ukraine and France and recitals in Washington, DC. Her repertoire runs the gamut from a program of Barbara Strozzi chamber music and cantatas, early Baroque zarzuelas, Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, Bach’s B Minor Mass/Magnificat, and Rossini’s Stabat Mater to Luigi Dallapiccola’s Canti di Prigionia and Poulenc’s Gloria. She was pleased to celebrate Pope Francis’ 2015 visit to the US by celebrating Mass in Madison Square Garden and soloing in Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace with Camerata New York.

Equally at home on the concert and operatic stages, Gliere has garnered rave reviews for her portrayals of Suzel in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz with Mercury Opera, Magda in Puccini’s La rondine with the Eastman Opera Theatre, and the title role in Ophelia, a world premiere with Christopher Street Opera. She has been involved with productions at the Bard Opera Theatre and appearances with Amor Artis and New Opera New York. Favorite operatic credits at home and abroad include Le nozze di Figaro, La bohème, and The Telephone/Old Maid and the Thief.

Gliere holds graduate degrees the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she studied with Kathryn Cowdrick. Principal mentors have included Will Crutchfield, Benton Hess, Russell Miller, and Christopher Fecteau.

Jennifer is indeed related to the Russian composer Reinhold Gliere. Relatives from Brazil, Moscow, and Berlin have all taken part in forming an extensive family tree and discovering the rich Gliere family history back to 1350.