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Kathryne Jennings

Billie Bennett Achilles Director of Vocal Studies
Senior Lecturer
Area(s) of Expertise
Degrees / Education
M.M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
B.M., Queens University

Kathryne Jennings is a critically acclaimed soprano who has performed in opera, oratorio, and recital throughout the United States. Major opera roles she has performed include Musetta, Adele, Micaela, Gretel, Norina, Pamina, Susanna, Konstanze, Donna Elvira, Fiordiligi, and Despina with such companies as San Francisco Opera's Western Opera Theatre, Opera Boston, Pittsburgh Opera Theatre, Opera Carolina, Piedmont Opera Theatre, Greensboro Opera, and Whitewater Opera. Her concert performances include Bach Mass in B Minor, Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Brahms Requiem, Handel Messiah, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart Requiem, Mahler Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4, Orff Carmina Burana, Poulenc Gloria, Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, and Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Masterworks Chorale (Boston), National Chamber Orchestra, Savannah Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Pioneer Valley Symphony, Prince William Symphony Orchestra, and Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra (Eastern Music Festival). In 2007, Ms. Jennings toured China as soloist with the Brown University Orchestra, performing to great acclaim in Beijing, Shanghai, Dalian, and elsewhere.

As a recitalist, Ms. Jennings is “equally at home in serious or comic opera, German lieder, folk-inspired arrangements, or Broadway show tunes…” (Savannah News-Press). She has performed on recital and concert series nationwide, at the University of Virginia, and at numerous festivals, including Piccolo Spoleto, Monadnock, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

As Artistic Director of Opera Providence, Ms. Jennings produced professional, fully-staged productions of Rigoletto, La BohèmeMadama Butterfly, Carmen, La Cenerentola, and Tosca. In addition, she produced and directed The Pirates of Penzance as well as numerous opera-themed concerts, and established OPERAtunity, the company’s educational program. For her work with Opera Providence, the Providence Tourism Council honored her with its 2002 Celebration of Women Achievement in Music Award. In 2011, she was invited back to Opera Providence as stage director of a production of Così fan tutte.

Ms. Jennings was Teaching Associate in Voice at Brown University from 1990-2017 and Instructor of Singing at the Brown/Trinity Rep M.F.A. Program for actors from 2005-2017.  Her students have pursued graduate studies at Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Northwestern University, and other top conservatories; attended Tanglewood and other prestigious summer festivals; and performed on Broadway and off-Broadway, in regional theatre, and in touring productions throughout the United States. Her current and former students include Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young, and members of the Trinity Rep Company and New York’s award-winning Fiasco Theater.