Jennifer Turner is a Victoria B.C. based soprano known for her expressive singing and powerful, ringing tone. A gifted performer with a strong emotional intensity, Jennifer’s warm and engaging presence has captivated audiences on the operatic and concert stages alike.
Jennifer is in demand as a concert soloist throughout Western Canada with engagements by Pacific Opera, Victoria Baroque, the Okanagan Festival Singers, the Victoria Philharmonic Choir, Opera Kelowna, Manitoba Underground Opera, the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, the Salt Spring Chamber Orchestra and Choir, the Linden Singers, the Victoria Civic Orchestra and the Cowichan Consort. In 2018, Jennifer had the wonderful opportunity to tour with Canadian baritone, Gino Quilico, along with collaborative pianist Robert Holliston for a lecture concert of opera excerpts representing historical Canadian singers.
She has maintained a close relationship with Pacific Opera Victoria with whom she has appeared in recital and on the main stage. In 2018, she made her professional operatic solo debut in the role of Donna/Siren in Handel’s Rinaldo. She has also sung in several productions as a chorus member. Jennifer also received extensive operatic training through the Victoria Conservatory of Music Opera Studio including her role debut as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte under the stage direction of Glynis Leyshon and Maestro Giuseppe Pietraroia. She also performed the role of Countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with stage director Julie McIsaac and Maestro Timothy Vernon.
Jennifer has been generously supported by the British Columbia Arts Council through an Early Career Development Grant, Professional Development Grants, and Scholarship Awards. She also received a prestigious SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship to complete an MA in Cultural Studies where she researched the disciplining effects of singing technique on the body. With her academic background, Jennifer has a strong curiosity for bringing intellectual perspectives into classical music and has offered lecture recitals that challenge the audience to think critically upon the music they hear. Moreover, Jennifer is interested in new music having performed avant-garde compositions and premiered works by Canadian composers.
Jennifer also holds a M.Mus from the University of Manitoba where she studied with Tracy Dahl and a Diploma in Music Performance from the Victoria Conservatory of Music where she continues to study with Ingrid Attrot and Nancy Argenta. Outside of the performance world, Jennifer is an enthusiastic hiker, runner, and teacher.