Biography

Scottish-Australian soprano Jenna Robertson's performed roles include title roles in La traviata (Opera New England NSW), Massenet's Manon and Anna Bolena (OperaBox WA), Nedda Pagliacci (NIDA Festival of Emerging Artists, Sydney), Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos, Gilda Rigoletto, Gretel Hänsel & Gretel (OperaBox WA), Laetitia The Old Maid and the Thief (Perth FRINGE WORLD Festival), Lauretta Gianni Schicchi (Cuskelly College of Music Summer Opera, QLD), Cunegonde Candide , Mabel Pirates of Penzance and Christine Phantom of the Opera. Jenna performed with West Australian Opera from 2013-2016 in productions of La traviata, Madama Butterfly, Otello, Faust and The Elixir of Love.

In 2020, Jenna debuted the role of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi in Brisbane and made her debut as a soloist with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in Sydney. In July she featured in Opera Queensland's An Aria A Day series,  and she will make her debut as a soloist in the 2020 Brisbane Music Festival Streaming Series in a solo recital titled Around the World with Alex Raineri in September.  
 
In the arena of creative development of new work in 2020, Jenna continues as a Generate GC Artist in the Gold Coast, mentoring and supporting exceptional artists to make new, site-responsive artworks for the Festival environment.  GENERATE GC is a City of Gold Coast initiative delivered in partnership with the internationally acclaimed Salamanca Arts Centre program Situate - Art in Festivals.  In August, Jenna will complete her first residency with acclaimed composer Corrina Bonshek to create initial music and sounds for the work, supported by Arts Queensland.
In 2021, she will return to her beloved Violetta in La traviata in March for Opera Hunter, Newcastle, NSW, and in September for the Albany Entertainment Centre in WA opposite Australia’s premier baritone José Carbó.

In 2019, Jenna made her role debut as Nedda in Pagliacci in the NIDA Festival of Emerging Artists in Sydney, and appeared in concert across Australia. She worked as an artist in creative development with Bleach* Festival in QLD and in WA she performed as a principal artist in The Opera Gala, Albany Arts Festival, WA alongside baritone José Carbó and pianist John Martin. In NSW, Jenna performed as a principal artist for the Hunters Hill Music concert series in Sydney with José Carbó and John Martin, and appeared regularly throughout the year as a 2019 Associate Artist with Pacific Opera in Sydney. 

Jenna has appeared as soloist for the Perth Symphony Orchestra,  Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, South Side Symphony Orchestra, Albany Chamber Orchestra, Perth Pops Orchestra, Albany Sinfonia and the Perth Guitar Quartet in works including Jenkins The Armed Man, Faure Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria, Handel Messiah and selected items in Orff Carmina Burana.  

 

In recital, Jenna has performed as soloist in Hunters Hill Music in Sydney, Music Appreciation Group in Gold Coast and in WA: the MetSO Soloists Concert Series, the W. A. Mozarteum Summer Festival, Art Song Perth, Music Amica, Opera Lovers WA. In scotland, she performed in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival Finale Concert in Aberdeen's His Majesty's Theatre.

 

Jenna graduated from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh with a MEng in Chemical Engineering and received a singing scholarship for the duration of her studies providing tuition and performance opportunities.  She was an Associate Artist as part of the 2019 Pacific Opera Young Artist Program in Sydney and in 2014, she was awarded a place in the Opera Studio at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria with partial scholarship.  In July 2013, she received first place in the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition - Vocal Section in QLD.

Image by Will Perez Ronderos for La traviata in Albany, WA, 2021

© 2020 Jenna Robertson

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