Praised by The New York Times for her “winning” portrayal of Flora Bervoix in The Santa Fe Opera’s production of La traviata, and by Opera News as possessing a "characterful and beautifully knit mezzo”, Jennifer Panara, mezzo-soprano has performed in North America and Europe. In the 2019/2020 Season, Jennifer joins the Ensemble of Theater St. Gallen, singing the roles of Sesto (Giulio Cesare), Siébel (Faust), Oreste (La belle Hélène) and the Kitchen Boy/Turnspit (Rusalka). In addition, she will make her debut in the Kölner Philharmonie with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln in 2020, performing alongside tenor Rolando Villazón.
In the 2018/2019 Season, Jennifer was a member the Ensemble of Staatstheater Mainz, where she performed the leading role (Infantin Isabella) in the staged German premiere of Paul Abraham’s Märchen im Grand-Hotel, as well as Princess Clarice in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges and Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. Other recent seasons brought several notable company and role debuts, including the Fox (Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen) with Theater Hagen, the Secretary (Menotti’s The Consul) with Opera Saratoga, Mae (Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath) with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Siébel (Faust) with Annapolis Opera, and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) with North Carolina Opera. Additionally, Jennifer was a Quarterfinalist in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia: The World Opera Competition. Other role highlights include: Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette); the Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors); the title role of Handel’s Rinaldo; Isolier (Le comte Ory); and Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus).