Praised by The Washington Post for her dramatic intensity and vocal ability, soprano Shannon Jennings’ 2018-19 season includes Micaëla in Carmen with Annapolis Opera, Iseut in Le vin herbé in a co-production with Wolf Trap Opera & Washington Concert Opera, and singing as a Filene Artist at Wolf Trap Opera as Argentine in Merlin’s Island and Girl in Der Kaiser von Atlantis. During the summer of 2019, Ms. Jennings made her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra as the soprano soloist in ADVENT by Michael Giacchino. In fall 2019, Ms. Jennings will join Virginia Opera for a concert celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Dominion Energy Center and returns to Annapolis Opera to make her title role debut in Tosca. Early in 2020, Ms. Jennings makes her debut with Asheville Symphony as the soprano soloist in Vaughn Williams: A Sea Symphony before making her return as a Filene Artist at Wolf Trap Opera as Elizabeth Zimmer in Elegy for Young Lovers and a zarzuela program with Steven Blier. Ms. Jennings will also join the National Orchestral Institute for Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and in the fall of 2020, Ms. Jennings will make her Kentucky Opera debut as Mimi in La bohème.
Ms. Jennings was a 2018 Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera, where she covered soprano Ana María Martínez as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly. As a Resident Artist with Pittsburgh Opera (2016-2018), she sang Giannetta in The Elixir of Love, Aunt Sarah/Iraqi Woman/Shrink in The Long Walk, and Constanza in the rarely seen Handel opera, Richard the Lionheart. Pittsburgh in the Round hailed Ms. Jennings as “a vision… [singing] treacherously difficult music with what seemed to be the greatest of ease and with a voice of beautiful quality and quantity."
Ms. Jennings is also an alumna of the Merola Opera Program, where The Bay Area Reporter wrote that "her darker sound and clear tone have a blooming quality that easily filled the big opera-house acoustic." Other residencies have included Virginia Opera, Central City Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, the Wolf Trap Opera Studio, and the Mittelsächsisches Theater in Freiberg, Germany, where she began her career performing Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. Shannon has sung as a soloist with Washington Concert Opera, the Virginia Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, and the Mittelsächsisches Philharmonie. Other recent roles include Marguerite in Faust with Annapolis Opera, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Opera Orlando, Josephine in HMS Pinafore with Virginia Opera, Mimì in La bohème with DC Public Opera, and Guenevere in Camelot with Virginia Opera, for which AltDaily praised her as "the perfect blend of beauty and spirit," after she appeared in the role for the detained lead in a nearly sold-out performance.
Ms. Jennings was a finalist in the 2019 George London Foundation competition, a winner of the 2017 Mildred Miller International Voice Competition, a Capitol District Winner in the 2016-17 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a winner of the 2015 Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition. Originally from Orlando, FL, Ms. Jennings is a graduate of Florida State University, where she was sought after for collaborations in 20th and 21st century music, due to her instrumental background, musicianship, and ability of perfect pitch.