A native of Bethel, Connecticut, Jennifer Caraluzzi is a performer, educator and arts administrator. Studying with John Moriarty and Stephen Lord at New England Conservatory, Jennifer currently serves a dual role as Program Coordinator for NEC's School of Continuing Education and voice faculty for the Preparatory School and Continuing Education. Her awards and scholarships include: 2010 winner of the Jenny Lind Vocal Competition for Sopranos, touring the summer of 2010 in Sweden, the Florence C. Rowe Voice Scholarship at New England Conservatory, Sergio Franchi Memorial Scholarship, James Furman Memorial Music Award Endowment, Schoolmasters Special Scholarship at Western Connecticut State University, Connecticut Choral Society Award, and has been a top-place winner in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Vocal Competition on three occasions.
Jennifer was a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theater St. Louis for their 2012 season, performing the role of Frasquita in Carmen, as well as, understudying Despina in Cosí fan Tutte. Her other roles include Cunegonde in Candide, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Angelina in Trial by Jury, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Lucy in The Telephone, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Jennifer also worked with Opera Theater St. Louis, Michael Cristopher, and Terrance Blanchard on the world premiere of Blanchard’s first opera, The Champion, which recently premiered in their 2013 season.
Passionate about her art, Jennifer continues to perform and teach locally and abroad. Jennifer has worked with non-profit music organization, MSSNG LNKS, for the past three years. Here, she serves as a vocal mentor, teaching and performing alongside teens in the Boston community. Still active in her community in CT, she recently completed a project with former Manhattan String Quartet first violinist Eric Lewis, for the world premiere of his composition for soprano and chamber orchestra, "Wrensong." This song cycle was premiered in honor of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama’s visit to Connecticut in fall 2012. Jennifer's current project is recording a version of Seymor Barab's children's opera, Little Red Riding Hood with Western Connecticut State University Opera and Voice Dept. Chair, Dr. Margaret Astrup this fall.
B.M. in vocal performance, Western Connecticut State University; M.M. in vocal performance, New England Conservatory.
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