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Jennifer Holloway

  • Mezzo-Soprano

Reviews

Jennifer Holloway press reviews

Tamerlano, Los Angeles Opera, November 2009

"Jennifer Holloway made a statuesque Irene, noble in bearing and in voice."

Chris Pasles, Los Angeles Times, November 2009

Falstaff, Glyndebourne Festival

"Jennifer Holloway makes much of little as a willowy winsome Meg Page..."

Hugh Canning, Sunday Times, May 2009

Tamerlano, Teatro Real, Madrid

"Jennifer Holloway is superb as Irene, giving a complete performance in every way"

Musical Criticism, April 2009

Hänsel und Gretel

"Jennifer Holloway fielded warm sound and an amazingly boyish appearance as Hänsel"

Rodney Milnes, "Opera" September 2008

“Jennifer Holloway's Hansel is the most realistically boyish I've seen: burly and gauche, perpetually goaded by his exasperating sister.”

Richard Morrison, The Times, July 22, 2008

 

“Jennifer Holloway…[is] splendidly convincing as Hansel…”

Barry Millington, The Evening Standard, July 21, 2008

Cendrillon

Jennifer Holloway’s Prince Charming was a worthy partner to DiDonato’s Cinderella. Holloway is a second-year SFO apprentice artist, but she gave no hint of the journeyman in this role. She not only looked and moved like a young man, with an adorable blend of frustration and impetuosity; her roundly gleaming mezzo-soprano conveyed both youthful ardor and hopeless longing. She blended exquisitely with DiDonato in their big duets and ran fleetly all over the stage when required, singing without a quaver. – Santa Fe New Mexican. Craig Smith. July 17, 2006

In her duet with Prince Charming (beautifully played by the convincingly male apprentice, Jennifer Holloway, in her impressive Santa Fe debut)… [Holloway’s] mezzo suggests boyish innocence (as opposed to Octavian’s sensual experience.) - David Gregson’s Opera West . August 18, 2006.

 

That very desirable catch was ardently sung by mezzo-soprano Jennifer Holloway, a promising member of the company's corps of apprentice singers. – San Francisco Chronicle. Joshua Kosman. August 7, 2006

 

Warm-toned mezzo-soprano Jennifer Holloway as the prince – The Phoenix - LLOYD SCHWARTZ - August 15, 2006

In the moving duets, Jennifer Holloway -- an apprentice at Santa Fe benefitting from a dream career break -- was a… well-matched complement to DiDonato. Holloway's transformation from beautiful woman to prince, by way of a short haircut and the most convincing imitation of male movement I have ever seen on stage, is a miracle. People near me in the audience were visibly surprised to hear a woman's voice emanate from the young man in the red pajamas in her first scene.– Ionarts- Charles T. Downey on Saturday, August 05, 2006

Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Holloway handles the trouser role of Prince Charming with such skill and confidence that it's hard to believe she is a company apprentice. -Denver Post - Kyle MacMillan, August

…Prince Charming, the highly promising mezzo Jennifer Holloway, in a pants role. – The Chicago Tribune - John von Rhein August 23, 2006

As Prince Charming, apprentice Jennifer Holloway sang with a distinctive sound and turned in a memorable performance. She is certainly ready to work as a professional singer. – Music & Vision – Maria Nockin – August, 2006

Jennifer Holloway looks remarkably convincing, and sings well, in the trousers role of Prince Charming – dallas morning news

In a trouser role Jennifer Holloway portrays Prince Charming with radiant tones. In the arresting love duet, she and DiDonato combine seamlessly – Albuquerque Journal - D.S. Crafts, July 17, 2006

Jennifer Holloway is cast as Prince Charming, and conveys the longing and despair at having lost his love. The mezzo-soprano displayed considerable passion in the duets – Watsononlineartgallery.com - 2006

Opera Now/ December 2006

"Who's Hot" - Opera Now's distinguished panel of reviewers highlight some of today's most promising young operatic talent.

Jennifer Holloway, a young mezzo-soprano, and a Santa Fe apprentice, was charming and fresh-voiced as Prince Charming opposite Joyce DiDonato at Santa Fe this summer."

- Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal

 

Fort Worth Opera – Marguerite McCammon Voice Competition

After lunch, Jennifer Holloway takes the stage and this tall [blonde] in a long red coat is an intense one. Her mezzo is a very flexible instrument… she demonstrates formidable technique and a great feel for Handel’s milieu, plus a laser-like focus that has the audience on the edge of their seats. Fort Worth Weekly - By Kristian Lin - 29/03/06

Jennifer Holloway … knocks out the high notes in the first aria, while crisply articulating the coloratura runs in the second...it’s refreshing to see a contestant who’s not out to charm the judges, just to win them over by the force of sheer brilliance. That takes confidence. And she really is brilliant. Fort Worth Weekly - By Kristian Lin - 19/03/06

Xerxes

Holloway sang with depth and took on the male role with complete conviction -- a big asset for a mezzo – thanks… to her own mastery of gesture and detail. - Robert Croan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Monday, February 20, 2006

Gerald Busby’s 70th Birthday Celebration

Busby’s haunting Room Tone, to Keith Waldrop poetry, in which musical and religious references abound, called for, and received, virtuoso performances by versatile mezzo-soprano Jennifer Holloway and pianist Tilles. The songs are the reverent “Legend; ” tumultuous “Bodily,” with Holloway deftly negotiating florid passages. Theatrescene.net - Bruce Michael Gelbert, December 18, 2005


Béatrice et Bénédict

…featuring a spectacular Beatrice in the beauteous, amply voiced and agile Jennifer Holloway… it was a wonderful homage to this masterful autumnal reflection on love – Matthew Paris - Thu Jan 29, 2004

If all goes well for Jennifer C. Holloway, she may be the next Manhattan graduate to hit the big time. Her vibrant mezzo-soprano and generous presence shone brightly in the school’s recent presentation of Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict, an opera exquisitely performed in concert not long ago by the New York Philharmonic but not often granted a full production (the last one hereabouts, typically, was at the Juilliard School). The music scene is currently well stocked with wonderful mezzos, but Holloway has her own individually textured voice, one with an appealing throb and a palette of colors that she already uses with considerable expressive imagination. – New York Magazine, Peter G. Davis – December 5, 2003

…and her "Il m'en souvient," in Holloway's vibrant interpretation, before joining voices anew in a jubilant final duettino, " L'amour est un flambeau." – theatrescene.net - Bruce-Michael Gelbert - June 4, 2003