Scottish-Australian soprano Jenna Robertson's performed roles include title roles in La Traviata, Manon and Anna Bolena, Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos, Gilda Rigoletto, Gretel Hänsel & Gretel, Laetitia The Old Maid and the Thief, Cunegonde Candide, Mabel Pirates of Penzance and Christine Phantom of the Opera. Jenna performed with the West Australian Opera Chorus from 2013-2016 in productions of La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, Otello, Faust and The Elixir of love.
In 2019, Jenna continues to perform as a soloist across Australia. In WA, Jenna was soloist in The Opera Gala, Albany Arts Festival, WA alongside baritone José Carbó and pianist John Martin and gave a concert for Opera Lovers WA. In NSW, Jenna can be seen performing as an Associate Artist with Pacific Opera in Sydney, and an Emerging Artist for Coast Opera Australia, Gosford, NSW. In her home state of Qld, she will perform in the Gold Coast in concert with mezzo-soprano Jill Sullivan and pianist Šárka Budínská in April and with baritone José Carbó and pianist Šárka Budínská in October. Jenna will end 2019 with a role debut in Sydney, to be announced soon.
In the arena of creative development in 2019, Jenna is an artist in GENERATE GC Lab for exceptional early career artists to make new, experimental 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. She was also engaged as an artist for Creative Development work for the 2020 Bleach Festival - The Gold Coast Festival.
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 and 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. 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 came first place in the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition - Vocal Section in QLD.
Photography by Terry Cooke
Violetta, La traviata, Opera New England 2016.