Soprano Jennifer Cherest has been praised as “beautifully expressive and technically polished” by the San Francisco Chronicle in the title role of Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera with the Merola Opera Program, and has begun to quickly make her mark in the opera world. Since finishing her prestigious Adler fellowship with the San Francisco Opera in 2013, Ms. Cherest has debuted with such companies as Washington National Opera, North Carolina Opera, Opera Columbus, Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Opera, Opera Delaware and the Aspen Music Festival. She is looking forward to returning to the Cincinnati Opera next season. Additionally, she is very honored to have sung on the Metropolitan Opera Stage in the national semifinals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) Auditions. Being a native Washingtonian, Ms. Cherest was thrilled to make her company debut with Washington National Opera in The Dialogues of the Carmelites in 2015, and since then, has returned for five different shows including her role debut as Gretel in Hansel & Gretel.
After a well received debut as Zerlina in 2014 with North Carolina Opera which praised her “warm and focused tone,” Ms. Cherest was invited back to sing Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, a role she first debuted in Italy. She has won top honors in the Licia Albanese International Vocal Competition, the Boulder International Competition, the Partners for the Arts Competition, as well as placing 3rd in the regionals of the MONC competition in 2013 and 1st the following year sending her to the Met Semi-Finals!
Growing up on country music and musical theater, Ms. Cherest is a versatile performer who is at home in crossover and world-music repertoire, from Goliov’s tribal work for soprano and chamber orchestra Ayre, to Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Jennifer, an active individual offstage, can be found training horses or in a yoga studio working on her handstand. Jennifer is from LaPlata, Maryland and loves to return home to spend time with her family and dogs. She currently resides in Cincinnati with her husband Christian, son Gavin and horse Flynn.