Jennifer Lazarz, mezzo-soprano, is originally from the Chicago suburbs. She joined Opera Tampa as one of their New Artists for the 2010-2011 season and is thrilled to continue into 2012. She made her debut with Opera Tampa as Dodo in Maestro Anton Coppola’s adaptation of The Merry Widow. Other recent engagements include the “Night of Stars” program during which Opera Tampa which paid tribute to Placido Domingo. Jennifer’s recent roles include Isolier in a staged concert version of Le Comte Ory with Katydid Productions and Meg Brockie in Music by the Lake’s production of Brigadoon.
Jennifer attended Augustana College in Rock Island, IL where she performed the roles of Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Ma Moss in The Tenderland, and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. Jennifer has also performed both Carmen and Mercedes in scenes from Carmen and die Dritte Dame in scenes from Die Zauberflote with the Colorado Vocal Arts Symposium. She also was a participant in the 2010 and 2011 V.O.I.C.Experience “Sherrill Milnes and Friends” Training programs and has had the fortunate opportunity to serve as an artistic administrator for both the summer and NYC V.O.I.C.Experience programs. Jennifer has sung with the Grant Park Music Festival Chorus, the Music of the Baroque Chorus, and the Chicago Symphony Chorus under the baton of Bernard Haitink and Ricardo Muti. She was also a tenured member of the Oregon Bach Festival under Helmuth Rilling where she was selected as a conducting masterclass soloist for Haydn’s Theresien-Messe.
Jennifer has had the joy of performing in masterclasses with Margot Garrett, David Friedman, and Sherrill Milnes, Maestro Anton Coppola, and Diana Soviero. She is a student of Dr. Marilyn Taylor.