Short Bio (220 words):
The multifaceted, Montreal-born Canadian soprano Jennifer Maines, has sung in world-renowned opera houses and orchestras in Canada, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal and Austria. From 2003 to 2016 she was a member of the Tirolean State Theater Innsbruck, where she sang more than 65 roles. Her impressive repertoire of opera roles include Ellen Orford, The Duchess (Powder Her Face), Salome, Senta (Der Fliegende Holländer), Maddalena (Andrea Chenier), Tosca, Minnie (La Fanciulla der West), Cassandre (Les Troyens), Manon Lescaut, Jenufa, Ortrud (Lohengrin), Wally, Marietta (Die Tote Stadt), Fidelio, Venus (Tannhäuser), Turandot, and Chimène in Massenet’s seldom performed French epic opera Le Cid. For her intense and successful interpretation of Kundry in Wagner’s Parsifal, Ms. Maines won the prestigious ‘Golden Schikaneder’ in the 2015 Austrian Music Theater Prize in Vienna, in the category of ‘Best Leading Lady’. Also a natural on the musical theatre stage, Ms. Maines has enjoyed critical acclaim singing Anna Leonowens (The King and I), Fantine (Les Miserables), Aldonza (The Man from la Mancha) and Nancy (Oliver).
At the beginning of 2017, Ms. Maines made her triumphant return to Canadian stages with standing ovations for her New Year’s Concert with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra. Jennifer Maines looks forward to 2 further role debuts in the 2017/18 season: The Secretary in Menotti’s The Consul and Adriano in Wagner’s Rienzi.
Full Bio (540 words):
“The Canadian soprano has enormous power reserves where her voice easily projects over Puccini’s orchestra and choir masses. With a steely, well focused, and metallic timbre, this soprano has all of the requirements for this murderous role…” Critics recently raved about Jennifer Maines’ debut as Turandot.
“Jennifer Maines excelled in the title role brilliantly managing the balance act between vocal iciness all the way to warm tones. Despite portraying the unsympathetic ‘angel of death’, theatrically she was able to win compassion in the hearts of the audience.” (Neue Merker)
For her intense and successful interpretation of Kundry in Wagner’s Parsifal, Ms. Maines won the prestigious Austrian Music Theater Prize in Vienna, in the category of “Best Leading Lady”, bringing home the 2015 “Golden Schikaneder”.
In recent years Maines’ repertoire has included many Puccini and Wagner roles. These include Minnie, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Musetta and Turandot. In addition to Kundry, her Wagner repertoire encompasses Ortrud, Senta, Freia and Venus.
Her impressive repertoire of opera roles also includes Strauss’ Salome, Fidelio, Marie in Wozzeck, Cassandre in Les Troyens, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes, the Duchess in Thomas Ades Powder Her Face, the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Jenufa, Wally in La Wally, Marietta/Marie in Die Tote Stadt, Maddalena in Andrea Chenier, La Principessa de Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur and many more.
Operetta roles include: Laura in Der Bettelstudent, Sylva Varescu in Die Csardasfürstin, Mariza in Gräfin Mariza, Kurfürstin in Der Vogelhändler and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus. Equally adept on the musical theatre stage, Jennifer has also enjoyed critical acclaim singing Anna Leonowens in The King and I, Fantine in Les Miserables, Nancy in Oliver, and Aldonza in The Man from la Mancha.
In 2016-2017, Jennifer Maines enjoyed a successful season performing the title role of Salome in K.S. Brigitte Fassbaenders highly acclaimed production at the Theater Regensburg, Venus (Paris Version) in Johannes Erath’s production of Tannhäuser at the State Theater Saarbrücken, and the Foreign Princess in Thilo Reinhardt’s production of Rusalka at the Tirolean Landestheater. Ms. Maines also celebrated a triumphant return with standing ovation to the Canadian stage in a New Year’s Concert with the Guelph Symphony under the baton of Judith Yan.
In 2017-2018 Jennifer Maines looks forward to adding two further role debuts to her vast repertoire: The Secretary in Menotti’s The Consul and Adriano in Wagner’s rarely performed Rienzi.
Raised in Montreal, Canada, Maines completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance with honours and subsequently the Opera Diploma Program, both in Toronto. She began performing on Canadian stages and with Canadian orchestras including Opera Lyra, Opera Mississauga, Toronto Operetta Theater, McGill Symphony, Kingston Symphony, Brampton Symphony Orchestra, North York Chamber Orchestra, and Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings.
After moving to Europe, Maines sang with the Netherlands Opera Studio, the Transparent Musictheater Belgium, Theater Bonn, OpenOpera St.Gallen, the Amsterdam Promenade Orchestra, Theater Hof, Theater Nordhausen, Theater Regensburg, Theater Duisburg, State Theater Oldenburg, State Theater Saarbrücken and at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. Ms Maines was invited by K.S. Brigitte Fassbaender to join the Ensemble of the State Theater Innsbruck in 2003. While in Innsbruck she enjoyed singing an extremely diverse and extensive repertoire in a variety of genres: Opera (classical and contemporary), Operetta and Musical Theatre.