ELISE CHRISTINA JENKINS

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Known for her extensive vocal range, mezzo-soprano Elise Christina Jenkins has charmed audiences in repertoire ranging from opera and art song to operetta. Most recently, she joined The In Series for their Operetta Wonderland: The Magic of Victor Herbert. A frequent performer with Opera NOVA, she sang the role of Tisbe in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Monisha in Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, and in various outreach programs and recitals. Other operatic roles include Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, and Maman in L'enfant et les sortilèges, as well as the partial role of Waltraute in Wagner’s Die Walküre and La Badessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with the JMU’s German Opera Experience in Freiberg. Elise made her Italian debut in the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Mairoi performing scenes from Mozart’s Così fan tutte and she later returned to Italy to sing Madre Maria in Francis Poulenc’s I dialoghi delle Carmelitane for La Musica Lirica’s International Music Festival in Novafeltria. As an oratorio soloist, Elise was invited to sing Handel’s Messiah at the Korean United Methodist Church of Koinonia for their Christmas Eve service with chamber orchestra under the baton of Dr. In Dal Choi. She received her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from George Mason University and she currently studies with Mr. Russell Penney. Elise cantors regularly at Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria, VA.