J E N N A R O B E R T S O N
ARTS LEADER | ARTIST | PERFORMANCE/FILM MAKER | SOPRANO
"Jenna is an incredible human who is so humble, an excellent listener (then action-er) and will no doubt play a big role in helping us to shift perceptions of opera in the 21st century."
Frances Robinson, Australia Council for the Arts, Leadership Program Manager
"I was immediately impressed by Jenna's performative excellence, artistic charisma, and formidable vocal ability and was delighted to invite her to perform a recital with me in my 2020 Brisbane Music Festival. During collaboration we had many fascinating conversations which swiftly identified Jenna as a vibrant arts leader, a passionate self-producer of immense ability scaled alongside fiery ambition."
Alex Raineri, Artistic Director, Brisbane Music Festival
"Jenna's creative, vibrant and considered contribution towards the delivery of our programs was inspiring. We look forward to ongoing collaboration with Jenna in development of future programs."
Katrina Torenbeek, Programming Director, Queensland Music Festival, QLD
"Jenna did an excellent job of crafting a high class, quality performance with international, interstate and local artists. Jenna brings a wealth of talent and musical knowledge to this endeavour."
Drew Dymond, General Manager, Albany Entertainment Centre, WA
“Robertson made a significant contribution to supporting emerging singers and broadening the operatic repertoire for WA audiences”
"As a multi-talented multitasker in the arts, Jenna is certainly one to watch. With a level of passion that is inspirational, she remains intent on growing as an artist and as a human."
We are Gold Coast
"Jenna Robertson found her footing with the Australian première of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena in 2015 and an edgy, hilarious production of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos in September 2016 which established OperaBox as a company that was serious about presenting operatic rarities at a professional level."
Australian Book Review
REVIEWS ON STAGE
"Created and performed by soprano Jenna Robertson, with music composed by Corrina Bonshek, Spirit Orphan retells the story of Jenna’s experiences during the 2019 bushfires. Jenna presented the evacuation scene to us, accompanied by chamber orchestra and chorus. This was a deeply moving scene, capturing the fear and anxiety of spending a night alone in the evacuation centre. The rich, polyphonic sound of the voices and instruments blending together was powerful and evocative, building to a dramatic finish. Spirit Orphan fittingly received standing ovations."
The Creative Issue, Celestial Spirits Concert, Brisbane Music Festival, April 2021
"My enduring memory of Operabox’s production of Massenet’s Manon will be Jenna Robertson radiant in orange brocaded silk and exuding charisma. Her Manon was a heroine full of ambiguities and I couldn’t steal my eyes from her remarkably expressive face...Robertson captured every nuance of Manon’s duplicity with her superficial glamour, cruel manipulations, a sobbing Adieu notre petite table, and finally her heartfelt penitence. She sang with impeccable French and bright top notes..."
Limelight Magazine, Manon 2017. Read the full review.
"Jenna Robertson made an enchanting Manon, fully embodying the leading role with her kilowatt smile and crystalline voice, portraying the character’s journey from innocent charm to preening coquette to desolate repentance."
Cut Common, Manon 2017. Read the full review.
"Jenna Robertson's ever-ascendent soprano, combined with her convincing acting ability, provided us with a memorable Manon."
Darlington Review, Manon 2017.
"Jenna Robertson sizzles as the flirtatious Zerbinetta with coloratura fireworks"
Noted, Ariadne auf Naxos 2016. Read the full review.
"Robertson's bell-like soprano transfixed musicians and audiences alike in her beautifully modulated Caro Nome from Verdi's Rigoletto, and the exquisite Casta Diva, from Norma by Bellini...This soloist's sure tread...promises great things to come."
Great Southern Weekender, A Night at the Opera, Albany Sinfonia 2016. Read the full review
"Soprano Jenna Robertson (Boleyn) turned in a moving, often powerfully understated performance, negotiating the musical and dramatic demands of the score with great finesse."
The West Australian, Anna Bolena 2015. Read the full review
"Soprano Jenna Robertson read the complex character well and alternated between kind caresses, blind rage and the depths of despair with a believability not often seen....In the same vein, her voice danced from the soaring highs (which were often punctuated with applause) to the softer moments of contemplation."
Sydney Morning Herald, Anna Bolena 2015. Read the full review
"Jenna Robertson in the title role has much demanded of her – both as singer and actress – and she acquitted herself with distinction."
Capital Events on Capital Radio 101.7FM, Anna Bolena 2015.
"Jenna Robertson's sensitive portrayal of the doomed queen was outstanding."
Darlington Review, Anna Bolena 2015.
"A cast of seasoned stage performers inhabited the stage confidently. The resourceful Jenna Robertson sung Gretel with a winsome smile."
The West Australian, Hänsel & Gretel 2014. Read the full review
"Robertson's bad-to-the-bone Laetitia ticks all the boxes."
The West Australian, The Old Maid and the Thief 2014. Read the full review.
"Who could fail to be moved by...the soaring soprano of Jenna Robertson as Gilda, Rigoletto's wronged daughter, whose dramatic high notes set the rafters ablaze? Her vitality, and her obvious enjoyment singing the role, was electrifying."
Darlington Review, Rigoletto 2013