The Canadian mezzo-soprano, Jennifer Routhier, recently graduated from the University of Toronto with an Advanced Certificate in Performance, and also holds a dual degree in Chemical Engineering and Music from Queen’s University. A former student of Canadian baritone, Bruce Kelly, she studies voice with renowned Canadian pedagogue, Mary Morrison. She has received several awards, including first place in the Queen’s Concerto and Aria Competition, and a young artist’s scholarship from the Hazel Cryderman-Wees Foundation for continuing studies in voice. She is Winner of the Queen’s University Concerto/Aria Competition in 2013.
Praised for her “warm, clear mezzo” (Opera Canada, 2014), Jennifer Routhier is a rising young mezzo-soprano on the Canadian stage, in both opera and musical theatre. In 2012, she made her musical theatre debut as Margaret in Adam Guettel’s The Light in the Piazza with the Queen’s Student Opera Company, and her international debut with the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy as La Badessa in Puccini's Suor Angelica. Other credits include Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (Opera NUOVA, 2013), Townsperson and Understudy for Mme de Croissy in Francis Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites (Opera NUOVA, 2013), Chorus in W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni (Opera NUOVA, 2013), Cherubino in W.A. Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera by Request), Third Lady in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (BSOW), and Imelda in the Canadian staging premier of Verdi’s Oberto (TrypTych Opera).
In concert, Jennifer Routhier Soprano Jennifer Routhier made her debut with the Kingston Chamber Choir in 2011. She has since broadened her repertoire, appearing with the Kingston Symphony, Queen's Symphony Orchestra, Kingston Chamber Choir, Melos Choir & Chamber Orchestra, and other ensembles, performing such works as W.A. Mozart's Requiem, George Frideric Handel's Messiah, Camille Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio, Antonio Vivaldi's Magnificat, and W.A. Mozart's Vesperae Solennes de Confessore. In recital, she recently toured with collaborative pianist Helen Becqué, performing a program entitled Songs of Life and Love. She is also Alto Lead and Soloist of VOCA Chorus of Toronto .
Upcoming engagements for this season include a return to Opera by Request, performing the role of The Mother in Engelbert Humperdinck's “Hänsel und Gretel”.