Jessica Renfro

An internationally performing opera and oratorio singer, critics have called mezzo-soprano Jessica Renfro “The Ferrari on stage” and “provocative…and vocally outstanding” with “seemingly irrepressible energy [that] made her stage presence captivating”. In June 2015, Ms. Renfro made her Italian debut at the prestigious Opera di Firenze's Maggio Musicale
singing the role of Paquette in Bernstein's Candide, for which she was praised as "fun" and “alluring". On the opera stage she has performed with Opera Tampa, Opera Delaware, Dicapo Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, and others in repertoire including the title role in La Cenerentola, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, and Romeo in I Capuleti ed i Montecchi.
Also an accomplished concert artist, she has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Bach in Baltimore Concert Series, Hopkins Symphony, Mid-Atlantic Symphony, and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony in solo orchestral works including Handel's Messiah, the Mozart Requiem, and the Bach B Minor Mass.
 
Ms. Renfro has also written and directed several multi-disciplinary musical productions, including Lost In The Woods and Evil Ever After, which have been performed at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The German Society of Pennsylvania, and Erasmus University in The Netherlands. She began her career in music as a singer/songwriter, performing in venues throughout New England with her guitar. After discovering a love of classical music in college, she earned a B.M. from the University of Connecticut and a M.M. and G.P.D. from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. She is currently pursuing a Master of Theatre Practices degree from ArtEZ University of the Arts in The Netherlands.
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