Crane School of Music Welcomes Soprano Jennifer Holloway in Concert

SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music Hosts Recital Featuring Renowned Soprano Jennifer Holloway and Pianist Francois Germain on Oct. 2

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POTSDAM, NY (09/24/2018) SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music will welcome world-renowned soprano Jennifer Holloway for a guest artist recital on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater. She will be accompanied by pianist and Crane faculty member François Germain.

The performance will include works by Johann Strauss, Charles Gounod and Maurice Ravel, as well as Richard Wagner's iconic "Wesendonck Lieder."

During her visit, Holloway will also conduct an open masterclass for students of the Crane voice area on Friday, Sept. 28, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall.

These events are free, and the public is invited to attend.

About the performer:

Lauded for her "nuanced dramatic impulses" and a "voice that is liquid, lambent and lit from within," Jennifer Holloway gives new life to the characters she plays and the music she sings, at leading opera houses and concert halls at home and abroad. Following huge successes in her new roles of Salome (Semperoper, Dresden, Bilbao, Leipzig and Opera North), Cassandre (Semperoper Dresden) and Sieglinde (Staatsoper Hamburg), Holloway finds her feet firmly planted on the ground with her new repertoire.

The 2018-19 season brings Holloway back to the concert stage in Germany, with Zemlinsky's "Lyrische Symphonie" (Köln), as well as in the role of Donna Elvira at the NDR Radiophilharmonie Open Air concert series (Hannover). On the opera stage, she will also make both her role and house debut as Grete Graumann in Oper Frankfurt's new production of "Der Ferne Klang," as well as a return to both Staatsoper Hamburg to reprise the role of Sieglinde, and to Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires as Der Komponist in "Ariadne auf Naxos." Holloway is also featured in the recent release of the Centre de Musique Romantique Française's recording of "Le Tribut de Zamora" with the Bayerische Rundfunksorchester, in the role of Hermosa.

Other recent performances have met critical acclaim, including as Adalgisa in "Norma" (Bordeaux, English National Opera, Mannheim), as Donna Elvira in "Don Giovanni" (Canadian Opera Company), as Rosina in "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" (Opera Philadelphia), as Fulvia in Glück's "Ezio" (Boston), as Giovanna Seymour in "Anna Bolena" (Teatro Colón, Lisbon), as well as in both the roles of Octavian in "Der Rosenkavalier" and as Temple Drake in the world premiere of Oscar Strasnoy's new opera, "Requiem" (Teatro Colón).

At the beginning of her career, Holloway concentrated her repertory in major roles by Mozart and Handel, performing the roles of Dorabella in "Cosí Fan Tutte," Cherubino in "Le Nozze di Figaro," Idamante in "Idomeneo," Donna Elvira in "Don Giovanni," Irene in "Tamerlano," and the title role in "Serse." She made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 2010, as Flora in Willy Decker's new production of "La Traviata," and returned to the house as Tebaldo in "Don Carlo." She has appeared with English National Opera in productions of "Die Fledermaus" (Orlofsky), "La Bohème" (Musetta) and "Norma" (Adalgisa); with the Glyndebourne Festival in new productions of "Hänsel und Gretel" (Hänsel) and "Falstaff"(Meg Page), and at the Santa Fe Opera, in new productions of "Cendrillon" (Prince Charmant) and "Faust" (Siebel). Holloway has also been featured in productions at the Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse and at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Concert and festival appearances include performances at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Bard Music Festival, and Chicago's Grant Park Music Festival, with conductors such as Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Lawrence Foster, Frederic Chaslin, Gustavo Dudamel, Leonard Slatkin and Maestro Bertrand de Billy.

After studying at the University of Georgia and the Manhattan School of Music, Holloway took part in the prestigious young artist programs at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Santa Fe Opera and the Pittsburgh Opera.

This concert will be broadcast live on the Crane School of Music YouTube channel at the performance time. To view the program and see other upcoming streaming performances, visit

About The Crane School of Music:

Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York's only All-Steinway institution. For more information, please visit