Elise Christina Jenkins, mezzo-soprano, recently received her master’s degree in Vocal Performance from George Mason University.  She has performed various roles with Mason Opera Theater, including Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Maman in L'enfant et les sortilèges.  Ms. Jenkins has participated in the JMU’s German Opera Experience in Freiberg, Amalfi Coastal Arts Festival: Vocal and Opera Program in Mairoi, Italy, and Bethesda Summer Music Festival.  Elise returned to Italy in 2016 performing Madre Maria in Francis Poulenc’s I Dialoghi delle Carmelitane for La Musica Lirica’s International Music Festival in Novafeltria.  She was a 2012-2013 Vocal Apprentice with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.  As a frequent performer with Opera NOVA, Elise has performed Monisha in Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, Tisbe in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and in various outreach programs and recitals. Last fall, she was Suzuki in Loudoun Lyric Opera’s adaptation of Puccini’s tragic opera, The Tragedy of Madame Butterfly. She regularly cantors at Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Old Town Alexandria, VA and is a private student under Mr. Russell Penney.