All Major Productions

2016

Norfolk & Norwich Festival with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Caine (world premiere)

Cond. David Parry

Opera North

Woglinde & Woodbird

Ring Cycle

Dir.Peter Mumford

Cond. Richard Farnes

Welsh National Opera

Lilli/Katherine

Kiss Me Kate

Dir. Jo Davies

Cond. James Holmes

 

2015

Opera North

Lilli/Katherine

Kiss Me Kate

Dir. Jo Davies

Cond. David Charles Abell

Teatro Zarzuela, Madrid

Susie Trevor

Lady Be Good

Dir. Emilio Sagi

Cond. Kevin Farrell

Southampton Philharmonic Choir

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 & Szymanowski Stabat Mater

Cond. David Gibson

Norfolk & Norwich Festival with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Elijah

Cond. David Parry

Welsh National Opera

Mélisande (cover)

Dir. David Pountney

Cond. Lothar Koenigs

Leicester Philharmonic Choir

Gala Concert

Cond. John Andrews

Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the Glasgow Concert Hall

Hogmanay Concert

Raymond Gubbay Ltd

Cond. Michael Bawtree

 

2014

Opera North

From Paris with Love

Dir. Rosalind Parker with Annabel Arden

Cond. David Parry

Welsh National Opera

Manon Lescaut (cover)

Boulevard Solitude

Dir. Mariusz Trelinski

Cond. Lothar Koenigs

Harpenden Choral Society

Petite Messe Solennelle

Cond. John Andrews

 

Oxford Harmonic Society

Mozart Requiem & Solemn Vespers

Cond. Robert Secret

 

English National Opera

Fiordiligi

Cosi fan tutte

Dir. Phelim McDermott

Cond. Ryan Wigglesworth

Saffron Walden Choral Society

Carmina Burana

Cond. Janet Wheeler

 

 

2013

Opera North

Elle (cover)

La Voix Humaine- Poulenc

Cond.Wynn Davies
Dir.Aleeta Collins

 

New London Sinfonia

Mater Gloriosa

Mahler Symphony No8

Cond. Ronald Corp

 

Opera North

Tytania

Midsummer Nights Dream- Britten

Cond.Stuart Stratford
Dir.Martin Duncan

 

Halifax Choral Society

Messiah

Cond. John Pryce-Jones

 

Oxford Philomusica

Galatea

Acis & Galatea

Cond. Stephen Darlington

 

Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra

Cunegonde

Candide

Cond. Kristjan Järvi

 

 

2012

Leeds College of Music/St Annes

Beethoven Symphony No9

Cond.Murray Sidlin

 

Royal Opera

Wogelinde (Cover)

"Der Ring Das Nibelungen"- Wagner

Cond.Antonio Pappano
Dir.Keith Warner

 

G&S Opera Company Buxton

Casilda

The Gondoliers- Sullivan

Cond.David Steadman
Dir.Jeff Clarke

 

Salisbury Music Society

Nelson Mass

Haydn Dona Nobis pacem- R Vaughan Williams

Cond.David Halls

 

Oxford Philomusica/ Christchurch Cathedral Choir

Galatea

Acis and Galatea- Handel(arr Mendelssohn)

Cond.Stephen Darlington
Nimbus Alliance records

 

 

2011

Opera North

Woglelinde

Das Rheingold - Wagner

Cond.Richard Farnes
Dir. Peter Mumford

 

Oxford Harmonic Society

Messiah

Handel

Cond. Robert Secret

 

 

2010

Opera North

Musetta

La Boheme – Puccini

Cond. Tobias Ringborg
Dir. Phyllida Lloyd

 

Hyogo Performing arts Centre – Kobe
Bunkamara Hall – Tokyo

Paquette

Candide – Bernstein

Cond. Yutaka Sado
Dir. Robert Carsen

 

Opera Toulon

Emma Jones

Street Scene – Weil

Cond. Scott Stroma
Dir. Olivier Bénézech

 

 

2009

Opera Holland Park

Eurydice

Orpheus in the Underworld – Offenbach

Cond. John Owen Edwards
Dir. Tom Hawks

  • Jeni Bern sings with bravado as Eurydice. (Rupert Christiansen – Opera)
  • Jeni Bern was outstanding as Eurydice  (musicalcriticism.com)
  • Jeni Bern has a light, bright soprano (Clare Colvin, Sunday Express)
  • . Eurydice (Jeni Bern) manages to sing like a dream. (Michael Darvell - Classicalsource.com)

Oxford Philomusica

Galatea

Acis & Galatea - Handel

 

 

Chatelet

Sister Margaretta
The Baroness
(cover and Sing)

The Sound of Music - Rodgers & Hammerstein

Cond. Kevin Farrell
Dir. Emilio Sagi

 

Chorale Saint-Michel

 

Stabat Mater – Haydn

 

 

 

2008

Opera North

Titania

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Britten

Cond. Stuart Stratford
Dir. Martin Duncan

  • James Laing… and Jeni Bern’s scintillating Titania command the stage and their magical kingdom. (The Stage)
  • Jeni Bern’s nymphomaniac Titania rivalled Waddington’s performance for vocal virtuosity and sheer stage presence. (Manchester Evening News)
  • Bern sings Britten's stratospheric melismata as well as she looks. (Hugh Canning – The Times Online)
  • Jeni Bern, meanwhile, goes off her head in flights of high-soprano fancy in pursuit of Henry Waddington's asinine Bottom. (George Hall – The Independent)
  • A true diva whose coloratura come-on to a confused donkey is remarkably seductive.  (Alfred Hickling – The Guardian)

ROH (cover)

Calisto

Calisto – Handel

Cond. Ivor Bolton
Dir. Christopher Alden

 

Opera North

Trixie Flynn

Let ‘em Eat Cake – Gershwin

Cond. Wyn Davies
Dir. Caroline Gawn

  • It is left to the scene between Jeni Bern and Richard Burkhard as Trixie and Kruger, to show the rest of the cast just how Gershwin should sound. (Yorkshire Post)
  • Jeni Bern makes a raucous party animal as Trixie. (The Independent)
  • Highlights include Richard Suart’s bumbling General Snookfield and his sassy sidekick, Jeni Bern’s Trixie Flynn. (The Stage)

 

2007

La Scala

Paquette
(cover  Cunegonda)

Candide

Cond. John Axelrod
Dir. Robert Carsen

 

ETO

Medea
(cover Vespina)

Teseo  – Handel
L’Infedelta - Haydn

Cond. Michael Rosewell
Dir. James Conway

 

 

2006

Opera North

 Susanna

Le Nozze di Figaro (in English) – Mozart

Cond. Christian Gansch
Dir. Caroline Gawn

  • Jeni Bern is as fiery, feisty and winsome as every Susanna should be, and her musicality of phrasing and tenderness and sprightliness of inflection are delectable throughout. She all but eclipses...Figaro (perhaps this is the point)... (Hilary Finch – The Times)
  • Jeni Bern is a pure toned, feisty Susanna (The Stage)
  • Jeni Bern’s Susanna is a joy: feisty, full of energy and a perfect match for Wynn Pencarreg’s Figaro (British Theatre Guide)
  • There were some exceptional vocal performances. Wyn Pencarreg and Jeni Bern played Figaro and Susanna to perfection. (musicomh.com)

Théâtre du Châtelet

Paquette
(Cunegonde)

Candide – Bernstein

Cond. John Axelrod
Dir. Robert Carsen

  • Of the women, the Paquette of Jeni Bern was as enticing as one could wish. (Les Echos)
  • Jeni Bern incarnated a charming Paquette (Hugh Canning – Opera)

 

2005

Opera Zuid

Musetta

La Boheme – Puccini

Cond. Lauren Wagner
Dir. Franco Ripa di Meana

  • Jeni Bern as Musetta is a delightful sex kitten, who forms a beautiful contrast with Mimi. (Limburgs Dagblad)
  • The flamboyant Scottish soprano Jeni Bern (Musetta) shows style with bare legs in the famous aria “Quando me’n vo”…” (De Volkskrant)
  • …She proves herself especially in the high notes like a fish in the water. (De Telegraf)

Theatre du Chatelet

Zdenka

Arabella – Strauss

Cond. Christoph von Dohnányi
Dir. Peter Mussbach

Replacing Barbara Bonney, working with Thomas Hampson

De Doelen

Teutile

Motezuma – Vivaldi

Cond. Federico Maria Sardelli

World premiere in modern times

Royal Opera House (cover)

Bella
(cover)

A Midsummer Marriage - Tippett

Cond. Richard Hicox
Dir. Graham Vick

 

Nonsuch Singers

Zaide

Zaide , Reine de Grenade –  Royer

 

 

Opera North

Gretel

Hansel and Gretel – Humperdink

Cond. Richard Farnes
Dir. John Fulljames

  • Jeni Bern’s Gretel and Julianne Young’s Hansel dress in sloppy casual wear but there was nothing sloppy about their opening night performances as they careened about their restricted space with bikes, double bass cases and balloons………(Bern’s) spunk and sparkle remained delightful. (The Times)
  • Julianne Young and Jeni Bern are entrancing as the children. (York Times)
  • …are the most convincing Hansel and Gretel I’ve seen for a long time. (British Theatre Guide) 
  • …individually they sang with gusto and made a convincing pair of querulous siblings (The Telegraph)

 

2004

ENO

Yum-Yum

The Mikado – Gilbert & Sullivan

Cond. Gareth Jones
Dir. Jonathan Miller

  • Jeni Bern’s Yum Yum: with her gorgeous clear tone and solid comic timing, she’s a treat to watch. (Metro)
  • Jeni Bern … an adept comic actress who sang her main solo “The sun whose rays”, most beautifully. (Opera Japonica)
  • …even when she is played so gloriously by Jeni Bern. As Yum Yum she was the embodiment of a young society lady and delivered her spoken dialogue with Cowardesque aplomb. (Gay.com)
  • Maid supreme Yum Yum was a real star of the show – Jeni Bern giving her role debut. Deliciously coquettish, miraculously sweet, her solos consistently brought great pleasure. (Musicweb)
  • Jeni Bern… displayed deft timing, sang sweetly, and enunciated her words with crystal clarity (a lesson to some others). (Richard Morrison – The Times)

ROH

Zdenka
(cover)

Arabella – Strauss

Cond. Christoph von Dohnányi
Dir. Peter Mussbach

 

ROH

Lenio
(cover)

Greek Passion­ –  Martinů

 

 

ENO

Mabel

The Pirates of Penzance – Gilbert & Sullivan

Cond. Mark Shanahan
Dir. Elijah Moshinsky

 

 

2003

Opera North

Princess

L'Enfant et les Sortilege – Ravel

Cond. Emanuel Plasson
Dir. Nigel Lowry

  • Jeni Bern was outstanding as the lamenting Princesse, an ice maiden who emerged from the fridge. (The Independent)
  • Notably Jeni Bern’s effortlessly soaring fairy-tale princess (Financial Times)

ENO

Sophie

Der Rosenkavlier – Strauss

Cond. Vassily Sinaisky
Dir. Jonathan Miller

  • When a substitute Sophie as good as Jeni Bern comes along, high praise is due…. Bern …was a significantly superior Fraulein Fanninal to any of those I have heard in Dresden, Cologne or Duisburg recently, spinning sensuously silvery, long breathed lines in the high-lying Presentation of the Rose phrases every note hit dead in the centre. Any international house would have been proud to present such an entirely lovely performer of this difficult role, and she is a mettlesome actress, really giving her Ochs a run for his money. (Hugh Canning - Opera Magazine)

Opera Zuid

Oscar

Un Ballo in Maschera – Verdi

Cond. Lauren Wagner
Dir. Mike Ashman

  • Jeni Bern gives a brilliant contribution in the travesty role of the page Oscar. (De Telgraf)
  • The beautiful clear and confident soprano voice of Jeni Bern. (Dagblad de Limburger)
  • Jeni Bern is delightful (Gay Krant)

ROH

Angelica
(cover)

Orlando – Handel

Cond. Harry Bickett
Dir. Francisco Negrin

 

 

2001

ROH

First Heavenly Voice &
Ighino (Cover)

Palestrina – Pfitzner

Cond. Christian Thielemann
Dir. Nikolaus Lehnhoff

 

Early Opera Company

Partenope

Partenope – Handel

Cond. Christian  Kurnyn
Dir. Netia Jones

  • Bern was a pleasing and alluring Partenope and she sings well too. (Classical source)
  • Partenope herself (Jeni Bern) was suitably regal in looks and voice. (The Independent)
  • Jeni Bern somehow made the power of her music, superbly sung, exactly right for an executive tart. (Concerto net)
  • Bern is a sensual Partenope (The Guardian)

ENO

Amour

Orpheus & Eurydice – Gluck

Cond. Harry Christophers
Dir. Martha Clarke

  • Jeni Bern’s Amor… is an unexpected delight… disarmingly lusty and pushy…(The Financial Times)
  • The show was stolen by Jeni Bern, a knowing Amor, who stage-manages the proceedings, whose poise on stage is compelling to watch and whose diction is quite remarkable. (Musicweb)

ROH

Guardian of the Threshold

Frau Ohne Schatten – Strauss

Cond. Christoph von Dohnányi
Dir. David Hockney

 

 

2000

WNO

Despina
(cover)

Cosi Fan Tutte – Mozart

Cond. Gareth Jones
Dir. Calixto Bieito

 

GFO

Jano

Jenufa – Jancek

Cond. Jiri Belohlavek
Dir. Nikolaus Lehnhoff

 

WNO

Amor
(cover Eurydice)

Orfeo ed Eurydice – Gluck (Berlioz Version in French)

Cond. Paul McCreesh
Dir. Patrice Courier and Moshe Leise

  • Played with enormous style by Jeni Bern, l’Amour was beautifully arch, infuriating and knowing. (Opera Review)
  • Only Jeni Bern as the god amour hit the mark exactly, musically and dramatically. (The Guardian)

 

1999

City of London Choir/Hanover Band

Galatea

Acis & Galatea – Handel

 

 

London Soloist 1983 Ltd

Belinda
Galatea

Dido & Aeneas  - Purcell
Excerpts from Acis & Galatea – Handel

 

 

Israel Chamber Orchestra

Belinda

Dido & Aeneas  - Purcell

Cond. Yoav Talmi

 

 

1998

The Early Opera Company

Dalinda

Ariodante – Handel

Cond. Christian Curnyn

 

ROH

Third Flower Maiden

Parsifal – Wagner

Cond. Heinz Fricke

With Placido Domingo tenor, Royal Festival Hall, and  Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

Broomhill Opera

Elisa

Tolomeo – Handel

Cond. Nicholas Kraemer
Dir. Charles Sturridge

 

Scottish Opera Go Round

Krista and Chambermaid

Makropoulos Case (in English)– Janacek

Dir. Anthony Mcdonald

 

 

1997

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Cambridge University Opera Society

Adina

L'Elisir d'Amore (in English) – Donizetti

Dir. John Fulljames

 

Scottish Opera

Adele
(and cover)

Die Fledermaus – Strauss

Cond. Nicholas Braithwaite
Dir. Giles Havergil

 

London Handel Festival

 

Bellezza

St Matthew Passion – Bach
Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (1707) – Handel
Parnasso in Festa – Handel

Cond. Denys Darlow & Lawrence Cummings

Subsequently broadcast on Radio 3
Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno world premiere

The Early Opera Company

Atalanta

Xerxes – Handel

Cond. Christian Curnyn

 

ETO

Susanna

Le Nozze di Figaro (in English) – Mozart

Cond. Dominic Wheeler
Dir. Stephen Metcalfe

 

WNO

Poppea (cover)

L’Incoronazione di Poppea – Monteverdi

Cond. Rinaldo Alessandrini
Dir. Christopher Alden

 

ROH

Barbarina

Le Nozze di Figaro - Mozart 

Cond. Steven Sloane
Dir. Patrick Young

 

 

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