Jennifer Westwood

Genre: Mezzo Soprano

Artist Reviews

"Richly and evenly sung"...” the full, rich contralto of Jennifer Westwood”

Vespers, Rachmaninov & Bible Songs, Stanford - Lincoln Cathedral

...”beautifully and simply sung by Jennifer Westwood with a well-placed, non-plummy contralto voice”

Bible Songs, Stanford - Sheffield Cathedral

"Jennifer Westwood delivered the Pie Jesu with a thrilling combination of strength and tender supplication"

Requiem, Durufle - Ampleforth Abbey

“The contralto Jennifer Westwood displayed lovely, warm tone”

Messiah, Handel - Hull City Hall

"Beautiful Mezzo-Soprano solo from Jennifer Westwood"

Alexander Nevsky, Prokofiev - St Andrew's Hall, Norwich

“Jennifer Westwood...a glorious voice!”

Elijah, Mendelssohn - Bury Parish Church

“Stunning soloists!”

Requiem, Verdi - Ripon Cathedral

Biography

Mezzo soprano Jennifer Westwood was born in Sussex and moved to Lancashire aged 8. As a young girl chorister, she experienced singing in Chichester Cathedral and that was the beginning! With a love of music, languages, travel, dancing and dress design Jennifer has her ideal profession as a singer both in concert and on the stage. She graduated from Birmingham University with first class honours and went on to train at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh and at The Royal Northern College of Music (PGDipRNCM). She now enjoys a busy and varied singing career.

In concert she has sung the Angel in The Dream of Gerontius many times in the UK and abroad, as far afield as Hong Kong’s stunning waterfront Cultural Centre. She has sung Stanford’s Bible Songs and Rachmaninov’s Vespers for Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus in Sheffield and Lincoln Cathedrals and Alexander Nevsky for Norwich Philharmonic Chorus. Performances of Elijah, Messiah, Verdi’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Vivaldi’s Gloria have taken her to many iconic venues around the UK and continental Europe, including touring Finland’s major cathedrals. Jennifer appeared as a Friend of The Lindsays and Ensemble 360 in their Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart programmes for Music in the Round Festivals at Sheffield`s Crucible Theatre.

Jennifer has sung at the main European opera festivals, notably for several summers at the Bayreuth Festival where she sang smaller solo roles from the ensemble. In London, Jennifer has sung Erda, three different Valkyries, 1st Norn and Flosshilde in The Ring Cycle and a Flowermaiden and Alto Voice from Above in Parsifal. Her opera roles include Sorceress Dido and Aeneas, Carmen, 3rd Lady The Magic Flute, Begbick The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and Maddalena Rigoletto.

Jennifer performs with The Royal Opera at Covent Garden each season, and has joined them many times at The Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms, at Symphony Hall Birmingham and on their most recent tour to Japan. She was the alto soloist in Saint-Saens’ Oratorio de Noël in The Royal Opera House’s Christmas lunchtime concert in the Paul Hamlyn (Floral) Hall. Jennifer has also worked with ENO and has recorded little-known bel canto works with Opera Rara.

This season’s concerts include Beethoven’s 9. Symphony, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Duruflé’s Requiem and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and she joins the Royal Opera Chorus for Verdi’s Requiem. On the ROH stage she will sing in operas by Bizet, Verdi, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky.

 

For Oratorio and Concert repertoire and Opera rolls please scroll down:

Oratorio and concert rep
Composer Work
Bach. J.S Christmas Oratorio
Magnificat
Mass in B Minor
St John Passion
St Matthew Passion
Beethoven Mass in C
Missa Solemnis
Symphony No 9 (Choral Symphony)
Bizet Carmen (Carmen) concert version
Brahms Liebeslieder
Rhapsodie (Alto Rhapsody)
Charpentier Messe de Minuit
Duruflé Requiem
Dvorak Mass in D
Requiem
Stabat Mater
Elgar The Dream of Gerontius
The Music Makers
Sea Pictures
Handel Israel in Egypt
Let God Arise
Messiah
Haydn Harmoniemesse
Missa Cellensis
Nelson Mass
Paukenmesse
Stabat Mater
Theresienmesse
Jenkins, Karl The Armed Man
Lambert The Rio Grande
Mahler Symphony No 2
Mendelssohn Elijah
St Paul
Mozart Requiem
Solemn Vespers
The Magic Flute (3rd Lady) concert version
Pergolesi Magnificat
Stabat Mater
Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky
Purcell Dido and Aeneas (Sorceress)
Te Deum Laudamus & Jubilate Deo in D
Rachmaninov All Night Vigil (Vespers)
Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
Saint-Saens Oratorio de Noël
Stanford Bible Songs
Tippett A Child of our Time
Spirituals
Vaughan Williams A Serenade to Music
Verdi  Requiem
Vivaldi  Gloria
Song Cycles
Dvorak Biblical Songs
Elgar Sea Pictures
Stanford Bible Songs
Operatic Roles
Bizet Carmen (Carmen)
Mozart 3rd Lady (The Magic Flute)
Purcell Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas)
Verdi Maddalena, Giovanna (Rigoletto)
Wagner Eine Altstimme, Blumenmädchen 2. Gruppe, III. Stimme (Parsifal)
Der Ring des Nibelungen
Erda (Rheingold)
Schwertleite, Grimgerde, Rossweisse (Die Walküre)
Erda (Siegfried)
1st Norn, Flosshilde (Götterdämmerung)
Weill Begbick (The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogonny)
Artist: Jennifer Westwood
Label: Ann Ferrier Artists
Genre: Mezzo Soprano