Jennifer Lazarz’s rich mezzo-soprano is described by the Winston Salem Journal as a “strong and vibrant” voice. This winter Jennifer made her main stage debut with North Carolina Opera as Flora in Verdi’s La Traviata and then joined Opera on the James as both a Tyler Young Artist and Marcellina in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.
Recently Jennifer was featured as the alto soloist with the Mozart Club of Winston-Salem in their annual performance of Handel’s Messiah. Prior to that Jennifer worked with Syracuse Opera in the fall of 2014 as a Resident Artist. While there she performed as the Grandmother Barab’s Little Red Riding Hood and covered the role of Prince Orlofsky in J. Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, as well as in various concerts throughout the Syracuse community.
Jennifer served as a participant and Program Administrator for four years with the V.O.I.C.Experience “Sherrill Milnes and Friends” opera training programs in Orlando/Tampa, FL, New York, and Savannah, GA and worked closely with the organization in both scheduling and other official duties as well as performing in outreach programs and concerts. Jennifer also served three years as the Business Manager for Chicago Dance, a leading latin and ballroom dance school in Chicago, Illinois.
Jennifer grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and was honored to sing as a regular alto ensemble member with the Grant Park Music Festival Chorus under Carlos Calmar, the Music of the Baroque Chorus, and the Chicago Symphony Chorus under the baton of Bernard Haitink and Ricardo Muti. Jennifer was also a tenured member of the chorus at the Oregon Bach Festival for four years under the baton of Helmuth Rilling.
Jennifer completed her Masters in Music studies with Dr. Marilyn Taylor at the Fletcher Opera Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in May of 2014 and recently began studying with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Victoria Livengood. Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Augustana College, Rock Island IL.