Born in Birmingham, soprano Jennifer Walker displayed an exceptional talent for music at an early age. She graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with the highest possible honours in July 2006, winning almost all of the college’s prizes for both performance and academia. She subsequently completed her Masters degree in performance at RWCMD, supported by a full scholarship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and has won numerous prestigious prizes, including the Russell Sheppard Memorial Scholarship, Geraint Evans Scholarship and the Prize of the Province of Noord Brabant in the International Vocal Concours in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Holland).
Jennifer has made her solo debut at many of the UK’s leading concert venues and has recorded several solos for BBC Radio 3, including First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Operatic credits include the title role in the World Premiere of Brian Irvine’s The Tailor’s Daughter for the Youth Company of Welsh National Opera, the title role in Cendrillon (Massanet), Micaela (Carmen- Bizet) for the Lyric Musical Society and Denise (Veronique – Messager) for Buxton Festival Opera; the lead soprano role in ‘The Journey’ (Richard Barnard), a new oratorio commissioned by Welsh National Opera.
On the concert platform she has recently performed Brahms Requiem for Cranford Choral Society; Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the English Symphony Orchestra; Handel Messiah, Bach Johannes Passion and a series of concerts for Live Music Now!
In addition to performance, Jennifer is also an experienced workshop leader and animateur. In a wide variety of singing, composition and multi-arts projects she has worked with people of all ages to increase awareness of opera and to encourage singing and musical knowledge.
Jennifer recently performed the role of Cousin in Madam Butterfly and covered the role of Illia in Mozart’s Idomeneo for Grange Park Opera. She also recently performed the role of Mimi in La Boheme for London Opera Players and in Opera Projects production of Madame Butterfly.