An internationally performing opera and oratorio singer, critics have called mezzo-soprano Jessica Renfro “The Ferrari on stage” and “provocative…and vocally outstanding” with “seemingly irrepressible energy [that] made her stage presence captivating”.
On the opera stage she has performed with Maggio Musicale di Firenze, Opera Tampa, Opera Delaware, Dicapo Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, and others in repertoire including the title role in La Cenerentola, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, and Romeo in I Capuleti ed i Montecchi.
Also an accomplished concert artist, she has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Bach in Baltimore Concert Series and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony in solo orchestral works including Handel's Messiah, the Mozart Requiem, and the Bach B Minor Mass.
In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Renfro brought Lost in the Woods, a medley of art song, jazz, and dance, to the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. In October, she was an Artist-in-Residence at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and in December she returned to the Richmond Symphony and the Bach in Baltimore Concert Series as the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah.
In 2018-2019 she will debut with the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra as well as returning to Richmond Symphony and ringing in the New Year as the featured soloist with Mid-Atlantic Symphony under the baton of Julien Benichou. In June 2018 Ms. Renfro and pianist Lynda Saponara were resident artists at Avaloch Farm Music Institute where they began work on a recital of new works by composers from around the globe focusing on the issue of global climate change. The program, Nimbus, will premiere in 2019 and tour in 2020.
Originally from Coventry, Connecticut, she began her career in music as a singer/songwriter, performing in venues throughout New England with her guitar. After discovering a love of classical music in college, she earned a B.M. from the University of Connecticut and a M.M. and G.P.D. from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD.