Jenufa Gleich, Opera Singer

 

 

'Music is the inarticulate speech of the heart, which cannot be compressed into words, because it is infinite.' ~ Richard Wagner

 
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b. March 6th.

Brooklyn, New York

 

Voice Teacher

Maria Farnworth

Coaches

David Aronson, Thomas Lausmann, Jendrik Springer, Aldert Vermeulen

Jenufa Gleich was born in Brooklyn, New York.  Growing up in a musical family, everyone played an instrument.  Jenufa began playing the flute when she was 8 years old, and later developed a deep desire to sing. With encouragement from her grandmother, Jenufa started her formal musical training at 19 years old, in New York City with renowned voice teacher, Maria Farnworth.

 Götterdämmerung full cast, Jaap Van Zweden, Hong Kong PHilharmonic

Götterdämmerung full cast, Jaap Van Zweden, Hong Kong PHilharmonic

BIOGRAPHY

 

According to, LA NAZIONE “Jenufa Gleich is a rare dramatic soprano that extends with ease and flexibility to an impressive upper register”. LA REPUBBLICA recognizes “an outstanding singer with superb technique”.

After many years focussing on the dramatic bel canto repertoire, Jenufa Gleich changed her fach to the dramatic Germanic Repertoire, with a focus on Wagner. Recent performances included her Hong Kong Philharmonic debut, under the baton of Jaap Van Zweden, singing Third Norn from Götterdämmerung, and recording it for NAXOS as part of their Ring Cycle:

 Sample of the Third Norn (courtesy of Naxos)

Sample of the Third Norn (courtesy of Naxos)

Jenufa Gleich made her Wagner debut in Longborough Festival Opera’s Ring Cycle conducted by Anthony Negus, where she appeared in the following roles: Helmwige (Die Walküre), Freia (Das Rheingold) and Third Norn (Götterdämmerung). She also covered the role of Sieglinde (Die Walküre). For The Mastersingers Wagner Society of London she also appeared as Third Norn, and Leonora in Maggio Musicale Opera Fiorentino’s Symposium Series on Fidelio in Florence, Italy.

Other recent engagements include covering the title role in Turandot with the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa, conducted by Valerio Galli, the role of Selika in L’Africaine with The Opera Orchestra of New York at Avery Fischer Hall with Eve Queler conducting, Queen Elisabeth in Roberto Devereux with Opera Holland Park with Bonynge conducting, and Jenny in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny with Teatro Goldoni in Livorno, Italy, conducted by Jonathan Webb and directed by Alessio Pizzech.

Additional engagements include: New York City Opera as Marenka (The Bartered Bride), Bel Canto at Caramoor of New York as Lisa (La Sonnambula) and First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Opera Festival della Toscana as the Soprano in Carmina Burana, Opera Grosseto as Violetta (La Traviata) and with the Queens Symphony Orchestra summer concert series, singing excerpts from Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira). For the 150th birthday celebration of Puccini in Lucca, Italy, she sang excerpts from Turandot and Suor Angelica.

As a recitalist, she has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Vatican and St. Patricks Cathedral in repertoire including, Wagners Wesendonk Lieder, Mahler Rückert Lieder, Samuel Barber Songs and Kurt Weill Songs.

She sang the world premiere of ‘The Last Leaf’ written by Gary Papach, where she created the role of ‘Sue’ with the North Czech Philharmonic and also recorded mad scenes and arias of the Bel Canto Era (Olivieri-Monroe, Apeitos). Another world premiere was with the Queens Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Arthur Fagen with Leonard Lehrman’s ‘Licht im Dunkel’.

REPERTOIRE

BEETHOVEN

Leonore - Fidelio

 WAGNER

Helmwige - Die Walküre

Sieglinde - Die Walküre 

Senta - Der Fliegende Holländer

 Elisabeth- Tannhäuser

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Elsa - Lohengrin

Freia - Das Rheingold

Brünnhilde - Siegfried

Gutrune - Götterdämmerung

Third Norn - Götterdämmerung

STRAUSS

Chrysothemis - Elektra

Ariadne - Ariadne Auf Naxos

PUCCINI

Principessa Turandot - Turandot

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Jenufa is the featured Wagnerian Soprano on short film, 'Motor Opera', bridging the world of cars and opera together with a collaboration between Media Monks and Circle K.

 

 

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