Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Panara’s voice has been praised its “immense brilliance and versatility” (General-Anzeiger Bonn). An active performer in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Panara was recently praised for her “delightful and spirited” portrayal of Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette) with Livermore Valley Opera. Her repertoire includes the title role of Handel’s Rinaldo, Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Angelina (Cenerentola), Orlofsky (Fledermaus), Mercédès (Carmen) and Public Opinion (Orpheus in the Underworld). She has performed with companies including Pocket Opera, Martinez Opera, and Capitol Opera Sacramento. She received critical acclaim abroad for her “flawless interpretation” of Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder with the Philharmonischer Chor Bonn in Germany; she will return next season for a concert of works by Claude Debussy. Other upcoming engagements include Isolier in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory, and Schumann’s Frauenliebe und leben with pianist Elena Levina. Ms. Panara holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; she was an apprentice artist with Opera Saratoga and studied at CCM’s summer training program in Spoleto, Italy. Ms. Panara is a 2012 Apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera.