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. Since finishing her prestigious Adler fellowship with the San Francisco Opera, Ms. Cherest has debuted with such companies as Washington National Opera, Cincinnati Opera, North Carolina Opera, Opera Columbus, Dayton Opera, Opera Delaware and the Aspen Music Festival. Being a native Washingtonian, Ms. Cherest was thrilled to make her company debut with Washington National Opera in The Dialogues of the Carmelites, and since then, has returned for many productions including her role debut as Gretel in Hansel & Gretel.
Additionally, she has sung on the Metropolitan Opera Stage in the national semifinals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) Auditions. She has won top honors in the Licia Albanese International Vocal Competition, the Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, the Fritz & Lavinia Jensen Competition, the Boulder International Competition, and the Partners for the Arts Competition.
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. She currently resides in Cincinnati with her husband Christian, sons Gavin and Camden and her horse Dali.