With her “sumptuous voice of unusual power” (Opera America) and her riveting dramatic interpretations, Jennifer Davison has won acclaim from audiences and critics alike for her work on the operatic and concert stages of both Europe and the United States. Highlights of her diverse repertoire include Baroque operas, Mozart and Puccini heroines, as well as numerous contemporary operas and role creations.
Jennifer Davison studied at the Peabody Conservatory, the University of Cincinnati (CCM) and was a young artist in such prestigious programs as the Wolf Trap Opera, the Merola Opera of the San Francisco Opera Center, and the Ravinia Festival. She won prizes and/or received grants from such institutions as the Palm Beach Opera, the Metropolitan National Council Auditions, the Sullivan Foundation, the San Francisco Opera Center, and the Eleanor McCollum Competition of the Houston Grand Opera.
Jennifer Davison began her career in Europe at the Luzern Theater in Switzerland, where she sang in over 200 performances in repertoire including standard roles like Pamina, Micaela, Zerlina, as well as Baroque operas by Handel and Boismortier, to modern pieces by Britten and Berio, including a co-production with the Luzern Festival of Olga Neuwirth´s Bählamms Fest.
Since 2012 she has made her home in Vienna, Austria, where she has sung leading roles in performances in the Theater an der Wien, the Osterklang Festival Wien, the Wiener Festwochen, the Neue Oper Wien, as well as in concert at the Wiener Musikverein, the Wiener Konzerthaus, and on the stage of the Wiener Staatsoper. Recent role debuts include Jenny in Kurt Weill´s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Tirol Landestheater in Innsbruck, as well as Sylva Varescu in Erich Kalman’s The Csardas Princess with the Operette Metropole Baden bei Wien, and the Countess in Mozart´s Marriage of Figaro with the Napier Opera in New Zealand.
An enthusiastic concert singer, Jennifer has sung works by Mendessohn, Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, Dvorak, Canteloube among others with orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony, the Asheville Symphony, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Luzern Sinfonieorchester, and the Nordwestdeutsche Rundfunk Orchestra, the Baroque Ensemble of the Wiener Symphoniker, and the Wiener Kammerorchester.
In 2017–2018 she will appear with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall and will be featured with the Erie Chamber Orchestra in works by Haydn and Beethoven. She is also looking forward to her role debut as the Marschallin in Richard Strauss´s Der Rosenkavalier with the Landestheater Niederbayern