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Shannon Jennings, soprano

Shannon Jennings is a second-year Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist in 2017-18. She is scheduled to perform as Aunt Sarah/Shrink/Iraqi in The Long Walk and Giannetta in The Elixir of Love.

During her first-year as a Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist, she performed as Costanza/Richard the Lionheart and Slave/Salome. Ms. Jennings' other recent roles include Marguerite/Faust with Annapolis Opera, Fiordiligi/Così fan tutte with Opera Orlando, Mimì/La bohème with DC Public Opera, and Josephine/H.M.S. Pinafore with Virginia Opera.

Ms. Jenning's other residencies have included the Virginia Opera Emerging Artist Program, the Wolf Trap Opera StudioAsh Lawn Opera, and the Mittelsächsisches Theater in Freiburg, Germany, where she started her career singing Pamina/Die Zauberflöte. She has sung with the Virginia Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, the Mittelsächsische Philharmonie, and the Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Jennings was also a winner of the 2015 Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition.

Originally from Orlando, Florida, Ms. Jennings earned her B.M. in Vocal Performance at Florida State University College of Music, where her roles at Florida State University Opera included Atalanta/Serse, Elaine O’Neill/Later the Same Evening and First Lady/The Magic Flute.

In the summer of 2016 Ms. Jennings is singing as a participant in the Merola Opera Program with the San Francisco Opera Center, as Anne Sexton/Transformations

Ms. Jennings's residency is generously sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. John E. Traina.

Visit Ms. Jennings's personal website.

“Shannon Jennings was a vision and sang treacherously difficult music with what seemed to be the greatest of ease and with a voice of beautiful quality and quantity.” - George B. Parous, Pittsburgh in the Round

Shannon Jennings performs an aria at Pittsburgh Opera's annual Rising Stars event

Shannon Jennings performs at the Market Square Farmers Market

Shannon Jennings performs the role of a Slave in Salome

Shannon Jennings, performing the role of Costanza, reacts as the situation dramatically escalates in Richard the Lionheart