Jennifer DeDominici, American Lyric Mezzo-Soprano, enjoys an impressive, versatile career spanning musical theater, opera, film, and concert work, with rave reviews across the board.
In musical theater: "And carrying the show with ease is Jennifer DeDominici as Mary Poppins. Ms. DeDominici gives the best female performance of the year on this or any other stage in Colorado. She sings like an angel, and I believed every moment she was on stage." For her portrayal of the title character in Bizet's Carmen with Opera Theatre of the Rockies (OTR), "DeDominici was indeed as beautiful, fiery, and sexy a Carmen as the preshow buzz promised — or at least that’s the impression I got before my opera glasses fogged up. DeDominici has a sultry lower register and a smooth, silky tone that can turn angry and shrill when the drama requires it. She’s also a convincing actress, whether seductive or raging." For her performance of Berlioz's Les Nuits d'Été, "As good as the philharmonic's violin and piano soloists have been so far this season, DeDominici proved that a superior vocal artist can work a kind of magic that can surpass them all. Taking full advantage of the intimacy of the space, she offered an incredible range of dynamics while powerfully communicating the heartfelt poetry of Théophile Gautier. Her reading of "The Specter of the Rose" was a musical moment I will always treasure."
In keeping with her versatile career, this year DeDominici delighted audiences as Petra in A Little Night Music at Piedmont Opera, where she previously appeared as Nelly in South Pacific, performed the role of Dorabella in Così fan tutte with Opera Theatre of the Rockies, was a critically-acclaimed Judy in 9 to 5 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, sang de Falla’s El Amor Brujo with the National Repertory Orchestra, and lit up the stage as Lois Lane/Bianca in Kiss Me, Kate with the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. From December 2016 to June 2017 she will be embarking on an adventure as a soloist in a premier production on the maiden voyage of the newest ship in the Seabourn Cruise Line, the Encore.
In 2015, Jennifer reprised the role of 3rd Secretary in Nixon in China, this time with the San Diego Opera. She performed "Broadway Classics" with the Fresno Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Carl Topilow. She completed a record run as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. At the Fine Arts Center Jennifer also reprised her Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls. She was the guest artist for Songs in Summer for the Opera Fort Collins Guild and guest artist for the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs Garden Party during which she revisited her acclaimed performance of Les Nuits d'Été. And, she was the mezzo soloist in Stravinsky's Les Noces with the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. She finished out 2015 with a Dorabella in Così fan tutte with Opera Fort Collins, Sondheim on Sondheim with Cherry Creek Theatre, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, and the New Year's Eve concert with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.
In 2014, Jennifer was Mary Poppins, Sarah Brown, Hattie in Follies, and sang a critically-acclaimed performance of Les Nuits d'Été with Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. Jennifer's Nellie Forbush in Piedmont Opera's South Pacific gave "...the audience a Nellie that feels palatable...her singing and performance on Nellie's reprise of Some Enchanted Evening...is heartbreaking and emotionally raw. Rather than pummel the audience with brass and technical bravado, DeDominici wins them over with her honesty and sweetness. As a physical comedienne her Nellie shines in the Thanksgiving Show sequences and her performance of Honey Bun is suitably bawdy, but shines with a true innocence and grace." Earlier in the year, she was the soloist for "An Elegant Evening" on behalf of the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) in Breckenridge, CO and performed in South Pacific at the Lone Tree Arts Center. She performed the title character in Carmen in a concert version of the opera with the Arapahoe Philharmonic. She was a guest artist for "Baroque in the Garden" with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and Grand Pianola Music by John Adams with the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. She sang concerts to sold-out audiences with the NRO and Music in the Mountains. In August she premiered the role of Angharad in a semi-staged concert version of How Green Was My Valley, a co-production of Central City Opera, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and the Colorado Springs Conservatory
In 2013, Jennifer's Maria in The Sound of Music, "...lifted the entire production from the ordinary... her portrayal of this aspiring nun turned governess for the Von Trapp family was her best yet. She was totally infectious and lit up the stage at every moment. Her singing was always beautiful as she effortlessly transitioned from her chest voice (mostly associated with popular music) to her head voice (where opera singers usually reside)." Jennifer was awarded the 2013 Marlowe Awards' "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical" and was nominated for a Henry Award, a True West Award, and a BroadwayWorld.com Award for Man of La Mancha, in which she was, "...a tour de force as the feisty Aldonza and her voice was so powerful and gorgeous, especially in What Does He Want of Me," and "...luminescent as Aldonza, a woman embittered by a life of hardships." She was the nymph Nimue in Camelot at the Arvada Center, a guest soloist on the NRO Hollywood Classics concert, presented a pre-Academy Awards Night at the Oscars on behalf of the NRO, and sang a Mother's Day performance of Schumann's poignant Frauenliebe und Leben. Ms. DeDominici spent the holidays in the Arvada Center's production of A Christmas Carol and leading "A MidWinter Song" with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs at the Glen Eyrie Castle before channeling her inner diva to ring in the New Year with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2012, Jennifer sang the role of Siebel in Faust with Indianapolis Opera, Petra in A Little Night Music with OTR, Madame Euterpova in Help, Help, the Globolinks with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, duet concerts with Daniel Fosha at the Silverthorne Pavilion, again with the Cleveland Pops, and yet again with the NRO. She also performed the role of Zita in Gianni Schicchi as a guest artist at CU Boulder. She was the alto soloist in the Bach Magnificat and Handel's Messiah, and reprised the role of the Narrator in Bending Towards the Light, a production which she helped make its Colorado debut in 2011.
Also in 2011, Jennifer performed Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with OTR and resurrected her steamy Carmen for Opera Fort Collins. For the Arvada Center's 2010 production of Nine, in Westword, "The most delightful performance is that of Jennifer DeDominici as Claudia. She's beautiful and wistful, but there's also a semi-submerged wicked-urchin quality that reminds me of Gilda Radner. DeDominici gives the most sincere performance of the evening, and she sings like an angel." In 2009, Jennifer was Rachel in the first staged production of the musical Warsaw at the Trenton Patriots Theater. She was also the opera diva ghost, Angelina, in The Second Tosca at the Arvada Center; the mezzo soloist in Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Choral Art Society in Portland, ME; and Mrs. Jones in Street Scene with Opera Theatre of the Rockies. In 2008, Jennifer performed in the critically-acclaimed production of Nixon in China with Opera Colorado (now available on the Naxos label), in Opera Colorado's star-studded Madama Butterfly, as Sharon Falconer in an excerpt of Elmer Gantry for the Opera America National Convention, and in the highly successful run of the Arvada Center’s production of Les Miserables. In 2007, she triumphed as Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel and as Aldonza in Man of La Mancha.
Jennifer was selected from among some 1,000 singers to participate in the prestigious Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice Artist Program for the summers of 2002 and 2003, covering the roles of Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Filipyevna in Eugene Onegin, and singing the role of Feklusha in Katya Kabanova. She has performed with Opera Colorado as Clotilde in Bellini’s Norma, Hänsel (student matinee), Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia (student matinee), and Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte; and with Central City Opera and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra as Pitti Sing in The Mikado.
Jennifer is a first-place winner of the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Auditions, a NATS Singer of the Year, and a four-time Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.