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Mezzo-soprano, Jenny Anne Flory, from Harrisonburg, Virginia, graduated with her MM in Opera Performance, as a member of the University of Maryland Opera Studio (May 2017). She holds a BM in Vocal Performance from James Madison University (May 2015). She is currently a Second Year Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts.
Ms. Flory recently sang Giovanna Seymour in AVA's Fall 2023 production of Anna Bolena, and Zerlina in their 2023 production of Don Giovanni. She also participated in Premiere Opera Foundation's 2023 Competition and won the Mozart Prize. In November 2022, she had her professional Mainstage debut as Siebel in Detroit Opera's production of Faust. This February she will be performing the title role in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia at the Academy of Vocal Arts.
She was a Young Artist with the Palm Beach Opera during their 2021 Festival season, where she sang Second Lady in their production of Die Zauberflote and Romeo in the Discovery Series Production of I Capuleti e i Montecchi. Ms. Flory was an Apprentice Artist at Palm Beach Opera for their 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 season. Flory did outreach programs in the West Palm Beach County, and sang in multiple concerts for donors and the general public. She covered Hansel in the Young Artist's production of Hansel and Gretel, and also participated in the choruses of Turandot, La traviata, Don Giovanni, and Die Fledermaus.
Summer of 2023, Ms. Flory traveled, Austria to participate in the American Institute of Musical Studies Opera Studio. She got the fourth place prize in their Meistersinger Competition. Previously in the summer of 2019, Jenny Anne attended "Si Parla, Si Canta" in Arona, Italy for the month of June. There she sang La Suora Infermiera in Suor Angelica, along with singing scenes from Cenerentola and Il Crociato in Egitto.
Over the 2017-2018 summers, she participated in the Wintergreen Music Festival Vocal Intensive where she sang the alto solo in the Mozart Requiem, and worked with conductor Erin Freeman. She also traveled to Italy to participate in the BelCanto in Tuscany Emerging Artist Program.
Ms. Flory sang Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, Cupidon in Offenbach's Orfée aux enfers, and the title role in Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia last season with the Maryland Opera Studio. She recently performed the role of Flora in Charlottesville Opera's La traviata, and participated in the chorus of MOS's productions of Regina and Don Giovanni. She also sang with her classmates in the MOS New Work reading and the MOS Opera Scenes (Spring 2016).
Flory recently performed the mezzo solo in the Duruflé Requiem with the Greater Philadelphia Choral Society (May '23), the mezzo solos in Handel's Messiah Part II/III (April '23 Tenth Pres. Philadelphia), and has performed as the alto soloist for Handel's Messiah (Ovation Singers, St. Anne’s Episcopal, JMU), Mozart's Requiem (JMU), Haydn's Maria Theresa Mass (First Pres. Charlottesville) and Vivaldi's Gloria (JMU). She also sang the soprano solo in the Dvořák Mass in D Major and Te Deum. Ms. Flory was the first recipient of the Maryland Opera Studio Scholarship, started in 2015. She sang the National Anthem at the inauguration of University of Maryland Chancellor Robert L. Caret, and at the school-wide 2015 graduation at James Madison University. Ms. Flory previously studied voice with Dr. Carrie Stevens, Delores Ziegler, Linda Mabbs, Elizabeth Bishop, and Arianna Zukerman. She currently studies under the tutelage of Bill Schuman at AVA.