Before arriving in London from her native Portugal to continue her studies on a Gulbenkian Scholarship, Jennifer Smith had already sung extensively in Europe and made records for Erato, Philips, DG Archiv and HMV. She has since performed under the batons of many of the world's leading conductors, including Boulez, Inbal, Rozhdestvensky, Willcocks, Rattle, Leppard, Hickox, Leonhardt, Christie, Pinnock, Gardiner, Mackerras, Minkowski, Parrott, Herreweghe, Corboz and the late Rudolf Kempe. Jennifer's voice may be heard on over forty recordings, spanning many centuries of music, from the earliest medieval period (with Segreis de Lisboa) to 20th-century works (Geoffrey Burgon's Requiem and Revelations; Falla's El Retablo de Maese Pedro; Stravinsky's Pulcinella). Her main output, however, has been in the Baroque field, especially in the French repertoire of the l7th and l8th centuries. Most recent examples include Marin Marais' Alcyone, Mondonville's Titon et l'Aurore and Lully's Phaeton with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre.
Jennifer Smith also loves the classical repertoire. Her operatic roles include The Queen of the Night, The Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Aminta in Il Re Pastore, Euridice in Gluck's Orpheo, Female Chorus in Francois Rochaix's new production of Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, Cybèle in Lully's Atys (at the Opéra Comique, Paris and New York). She has also sung Alphise in Rameau's Les Boréades, Diana and Phaedra in Hippolyte et Aricie (Aix-en-Provence), Iole in Handel's Hercules in Göttingen under John Eliot Gardiner and Drusilla in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea under Gustav Leonhardt. Jennifer Smith is also well-known throughout Europe for her many concert and oratorio performances. Her repertoire is extensive, covering works from Bach, Handel, Purcell and Mozart, to Berlioz, Janacek, Poulenc and Britten. Her performances of Berlioz' Les Nuits d'Été with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Philharmonia received critical acclaim. She works regularly with orchestras such as the City of Birmingham Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the London Bach Orchestra, the English Concert, the Steinitz Bach Players and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists. She has undertaken a major tour of Europe giving eighteen performances of Bach's Mass in B minor with Frans Brüggen.
As a recitalist Jennifer Smith enjoys a distinguished reputation. She has performed in Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Spain as well as Bbritain. Several of her recitals have been broadcast by the BBC and she has recorded Schubert Lieder for HMV Lisbon. In 1994 she took part in Andras Schiff's festival at Mondsee, devoted to Mozart and Debussy, having also given a recital with him in Cologne in 'Finale - Ein Kammermusikfestival' in 1993. Jennifer Smith's television appearances have included Scarlatti's Salve Regina with the late George Malcolm; Handel's Judas Maccabaeus with Roger Norrington; Purcell's Come, ye sons of Art for the BBC, and Vivaldi's Gloria in the series 'Christmas in Rome' with the English Consort, shown on BBC television at Christmas 1993. She was also a featured soloist in a film about Henry Purcell, directed by Tony Palmer and shown on British television in 1995.
She sang the title role in Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride in the English Bach Festival's production at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and at the Herodas Atticus Theatre, Athens. Subsequently she sang Theone in Lully's Phaeton for the re-opening of Lyon Opera. Other opera performances included Music in David Freeman's production of Monteverdi's Orfeo for English National Opera, the world tour of Lully's Atys with Les Arts Florissants, a tour to Japan of Handel's Ottone with The King's Consort, the Théatre de Caen's production of La Fée Urgele on tour in France, and Monteverdi's Orfeo for the Opéra d'Avignon. In 1995 Jennifer gave two performances (arias from Handel's Messiah and Britten's Les Illuminations) with the Camerata St Petersburg in St Petersburg's Philharmonic Hall and in the Hermitage Theatre. Other engagements have included concerts and recordings for DG Archiv (Handel's La Resurrezione and French Cantatas) with Les Musiciens du Louvre; concerts of Telemann's St John Passion with Collegium Instrumentale Brugense; recitals in Portugal and in Poland and Switzerland with Francois Le Roux. Jennifer paid her first visit to the Marlboro Festival, USA, where she performed at the invitation of Andras Schiff. She also sang the role of Elektra (Idomeneo) for performances at the Sao Carlos Opera House in Lisbon. Concert engagements included Hindemith's Das Marienleben at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall; concert arias with The Hanover Band and Nicholas McGegan; more concerts and recordings in Portugal; a recording of the Allegri/Bai Miserere for Sony Classics with the Choir of Westminster Abbey and a recital with Michel Kiener at the Alicante Festival.
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