Jenni Bank


 

 

 

Mezzo-soprano, Jenni Bank, 22, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and grew up in Binghamton, New York. Currently, Ms. Bank is in her first year of the Graduate Performance Diploma program in Opera at Peabody in the studio of Dr. Stanley Cornett.  Ms. Bank is the most recent winner of the prestigious Sylvia Green Voice Competition at Peabody and, in this capacity, had the honor of opening Peabody’s 150th concert season with her performance of Dominick Argento’s song set Casa Guidi with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra.  In addition, Ms. Bank won the student division of the Baltimore Music Club Voice Competition last year and this past summer had the opportunity to return to South Africa where she made her international recital debut. 

At Peabody, Ms. Bank is actively involved in the Opera Department.  Last season Ms. Bank performed the roles of “Mistress Quickly” in Verdi’s Falstaff and “Petra” in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with the Peabody Opera Theatre. Ms. Bank has also performed the role of “Hannah” in the World Premiere of The Alien Corn composed by Peabody faculty member, Dr. Thomas Benjamin, with a libretto by Roger Brunyate, the head of the Peabody Opera Department, “Frugola” in Il Tabarro, and “Suor Dolcina” in Suor Angelica with the Peabody Opera Theatre. In the Peabody Opera Outreach, an intensive program visiting schools in the tri-state area, she was “The Witch” in Hansel and Gretel.  Ms. Bank recently performed “Marcellina” in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and will be singing “Giulietta” and covering the “Voice of the Mother” in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann on the main-stage at Peabody in March of 2007. Outside of Peabody, she has performed such roles as “Third Lady” in Mozart’s Magic Flute with Hood College of Frederick, Maryland, “Katisha” in The Mikado and “Ruth” in Pirates of Penzance with the Young Victorian Theatre Company, and the “Fairy Queen” in Iolanthe and “Little Buttercup” in H.M.S. Pinafore with the Summer Savoyards of Binghamton, New York.  This summer, Ms. Bank will be covering the role of “Ruth” in Pirates of Penzance with New Jersey Opera Theatre.