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Soprano Jennifer Lien, lauded for her “sonorous, clear voice” and her dramatic range, has been seen on opera and concert stages in California, Florida, New York, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Singapore. In May 2018, Dr. Lien starred in Poulenc’s one-woman opera La Voix Humaine with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s chamber series to wide acclaim. The same year, she also sang the role of Madame Lidoine in New Opera Singapore’s production of Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites.
Dr. Lien has appeared in operatic roles with companies including Mission City Opera, West Bay Opera, Oakland Opera Theater, West Marin Music Festival, Berkeley Opera, Solo Opera, and San Francisco Lyric Opera. Dr. Lien’s roles include Pamina, Rosina, Despina, Micaëla, Frasquita, and Susanna. Oratorio engagements include Haydn’s The Creation and The Seasons; Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio; Handel’s Messiah; Vivaldi’s Gloria; Haydn’s Mass in Time of War; and Mozart’s Requiem. Known for her innovative recital programming and collaboration in chamber music, Dr. Lien has premiered numerous works by contemporary composers, while her recital, Mélodie et poésie, showcasing the songs of French composers set to texts of their time, has been presented in recital series in New York state, California and New Hampshire, and at the prestigious Esplanade arts center in Singapore.
Dr. Lien made her operatic debut in the role of Papagena (The Magic Flute) with Singapore Lyric Opera, where she also appeared as Princess Stephanie in The Student Prince. She received further operatic training as a resident artist with Central Florida Lyric Opera, a young artist with the Seagle Music Colony, an apprentice artist with Bel Canto at Caramoor, and as a member of the OperaWorks Advanced Accelerated Singer program.
Returning to music after a career as a newspaper journalist, Dr. Lien first began her vocal studies at Dartmouth College, where she was an English major. Under the guidance of soprano Erie Mills, she later received her Master of Arts in Music at San José State University. Dr. Lien holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice and an M.A. in Historical Musicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A seasoned vocal educator, Dr. Lien taught voice to majors and non-majors at UW-Madison and at Beloit College before coming to the College of Saint Scholastica.