Jeni Bern

Samling Artist Programme: 2000

Jeni Bern is a light lyric soprano of exceptional versatility. As a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Opera School of the Royal College of Music she won many major awards and prizes, including the prestigious President Emerita Award.

Highlights in recent seasons include Susie Trevor in Lady, Be Good at the Teatro de la Zarzuela, directed by Emilio Sagi; Cunegonde Candide for the MDRsinfonieorchester in Leipzig and Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opera North.

Her varied stage roles have included Paquette Candide (Théâtre du Châtelet, Teatro alla Scala and Hyogo Performing Arts Centre, Kobe); also for Théâtre du Châtelet – Zdenka Arabella, Soeur Margaretta / La Baronne Elsa The Sound of Music; roles for Opera North include, Musetta La bohème, Susanna The Marriage of Figaro, Trixie Let ‘em Eat Cake, Gretel Hansel & Gretel and La Princesse L’enfant et les sortilèges; Emma Jones in Kurt Well’s Street Scene (Opéra de Toulon). Roles for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden include Guardian of the Threshold Die Frau ohne Schatten, First Heavenly Voice Palestrina, Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro and Blumenmädchen Parsifal (with Plácido Domingo); Jano Jenůfa (Glyndebourne); Mabel The Pirates of Penzance; Yum Yum The Mikado, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier and Amor Orpheus & Eurydice all for English National Opera. Amour Orphée et Eurydice (Welsh National Opera); Medea Teseo and Susanna The Marriage of Figaro (English Touring Opera); Eurydice Orpheus in the Underworld (Opera Holland Park); Musetta La bohème and Oscar Un ballo in Maschera (Opera Zuid). For the London Handel Festival she has performed the title role in Deidamia and Sigismondo Arminio; Atalanta Xerxes and Dalinda Ariodante (Early Opera Company) and Narcissa Philemon und Baucis with Trevor Pinnock.

As an accomplished oratorio and concert artist, Jeni is in demand with leading conductors and choral societies throughout the UK and Europe. Highlights include Teixeira’s Te Deum (Harry Christophers / The Sixteen in Macau); Cupid in Purcell’s King Arthur (Paul McCreesh / Gabrieli Consort, Bergen Festival); Mozart Requiem (Sir Neville Marriner / The Academy of St Martin in the Fields); Haydn’s Creation (The Three Cultures International Festival Murcia, Spain); Messiah (Sir David Willcocks / The Bach Choir); Messiah and Finzi’s Dies Natalies (St. Gallen Bachchor); Carmina Burana, Mozart Exsultate Jubilate and the world premiere of Michael Torke’s Book of Proverbs with Marin Alsop (all with the RSNO) and Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus and Teutile in Vivaldi’s Motezuma (De Doelen, Rotterdam).

Radio appearances included BBC Radio 2’s iconic Friday Night is Music Night and broadcasts for BBC Radios 3 & 4 also with the Dutch Radio Symphony Orchestra as Anne Truelove in the television series Of Beauty and Consolation. Her CD Let the Bright Seraphim with Baroque trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins (Carlton Classics) received considerable critical acclaim. Other recordings include Acis and Galatea with the Oxford Philomusica (Nimbus); Haydn Stabat Mater with Christ Church Cathedral Choir (Griffin) and Edward Joseph Collins Hymn to the Earth with the RSNO and Marin Alsop.

Forthcoming engagements include Lilli Vanessi in a new production of Kiss Me Kate directed by Jo Davies and conducted by David Charles Abell and Woglinde & Waldvogel in Der Ring des Nibelungen, both for Opera North.