The soprano has frequently appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, where her roles included Marzelline in Fidelio, Chloe in Queen of Spades, Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Freia in Das Rheingold. In recent seasons, her acclaimed performances encompass the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at New York City Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Greensboro Opera Company. She made her San Francisco Opera debut as Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and returned to the company for Adele in Die Fledermaus, which was also the vehicle for her debut in Japan Seiji Ozawa at the Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku Festival. She has also joined Houston Grand Opera for Norina in Don Pasquale, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Opera Colorado for Gilda in Rigoletto, Opera Pacific for Violetta in La Traviata, and both Opera Carolina and Washington Concert Opera for Leila in Pearl Fishers. She has also joined Utah Festival Opera for Gilda in Rigoletto, Violetta in La traviata, and Liu in Turandot. Her performances include collaborations with other renowned conductors including James Conlon, Valery Gergiev, and Sir Charles Mackerras.
Ms. Welch-Babidge is a recipient of many awards, including the prestigious ARIA Award and Richard Tucker Career Grant, both in 2001. She was also a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the spring of 1997 subsequently joined the company’s the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. The soprano’s other honors include a Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation and an award from the William Mattheus Sullivan Foundation.
She is a native of Aulander, North Carolina, is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts with a masters degree in vocal performance and currently serves as a professor at Brigham Young University.
Guest Artist, Metropolitan Opera Star
Lauded by Opera News for a voice that is “agile and beautifully projected, with a lavish bloom and a silvery edge,” Jennifer Welch-Babidge will sing her first performances of Poulenc’s Gloria, along with Mozart’s Requiem, with the Sydney Symphony in the 2011-12 season in addition to performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with at the Virginia Arts Festival. Her recent concert appearances include a triumph singing Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Berg’s Lulu Suite with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by David Zinman last season. She has also sung Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 and Cunegonde in concert performances of Candide with the San Francisco Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Nashville Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with Boston Baroque, Verdi’s Requiem in concert at Utah Festival Opera, and Mozart’s Mass in c minor with the Mansfield Symphony. She has also appeared at Carnegie Hall with the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble and James Levine singing previous performances of Berg’s Lulu Suite and song cycles of Anton Webern.