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"The Three Jennifers" – Magnificat Performs Scarlatti’s Venere, Amore e Ragione

On the weekend of April 3-5, Magnificat will concludes our 2009-2010 season with performances of Venere, Amore e Ragione, a delightful serenade by Alessandro Scarlatti that will feature three Jennifers: Jennifer Ellis Kampani, Jennifer Paulino and Jennifer Lane. Together with instrumentalists Rob Diggins, Jolianne von Einem, Vicki Gunn Pich, David Tayler, and Hanneke van Proosdij, they will perform a work that Scarlatti wrote during the years he spent in Rome at the turn of the 18th century.

All three Jennifers are well known to Bay Area audiences. Jennifer Ellis Kampani, who with sing the role of Amore, first appeared with Magnificat in the role of “Jealousy” in our production of Il Capriccio in 1997. She enjoys an international career that has included appearances with the period instrument groups American Bach Soloists, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, Apollo’s Fire, Musica Angelica, Magnificat, Washington Catherdral Choral Society, Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Solamente (Budapest, Hungary), Ensemble Tourbillon (Prague, Czech Republic), and Musica Aeterna (Bratislava, Slovakia). In addition, Ms. Kampani has sung with the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Charlotte Symphony. Opera highlights include leading roles in Handel’s Acis and Galata, Blow’s Venus and Adonis, Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, Duron’s zarzuela “Salir el Amor del Mundo”, Handel’s “Semele”, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

Jennifer Paulino, who will sing Venere, has performed frequently with Magnificat since singing the role of “Daniele” in our production of Stradella’s La Susanna in 2007. In addition to her work with Magnificat, Jennifer has appeared with the Leiden Baroque Ensemble (Netherlands), and the Catacoustic Consort (Cincinnati), and is a founding member of the Baroque ensemble Les grâces. She has sung Messiah selections and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Southwest Florida Symphony, the title role in Acis and Galatea (Handel), and a concert at the Bach Festival of Gliwice, Poland. She was a founding member of The Choral Scholars (1999-2004), a vocal ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of early music and new works. Her tenure with the ensemble culminated in a recording and concert in collaboration with Trio Mediæval and the Washington National Cathedral girls choir.

Jennifer Lane sings on Magnificat’s rcordings of the music of Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, but will mark her Magnificat concert debut with these performances. Jennifer, who will sing the role of Ragione in Magnificat’s performances, is recognized internationally for her stunning interpretations of repertoire ranging from the early Baroque to that of contemporary composers. She has appeared at festivals worldwide, with such noted conductors Michael Tilson-Thomas, Mstislav Rostropovich, William Christie, Nicholas McGegan, Andrew Parrott, Christopher Hogwood, Marc Minkowski, Helmut Rilling, and Robert Shaw, among others. Her performances have brought acclaim from audiences in opera and concert at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Salzburger Bachgesellschaft, National Arts Center in Ottawa, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Tanglewood Festival, Caramoor Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Bethlehem Bach Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, the New Getty Center, the Frick Collection in New York, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Opernhaus Halle, Opernhaus Dessau, Utah Opera and Opera du Caen.

A noted early music specialist, Jennifer Lane appears frequently with many of the most noted period instrument orchestras: Les Arts Florissants, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, New York Collegium, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, American Bach Soloists, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society and Le Parlement de Musique. She is also a frequent guest with symphony orchestras and has performed with the Jerusalem Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Honolulu Symphony and the Orchestra della Toscana. She has been seen in opera at Opernhaus Halle, Opernhaus Dessau, Santa Fe Opera, Utah Opera and in New York City Opera, where she has performed over twenty roles, including the role of Amastre in NYCO’s acclaimed production of Georg Frideric Handel’s Xerxes, directed by Stephen Wadsworth and voted “opera production of the year” by USA Today. She joined the Metropolitan Opera in productions of Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron and Janacek’s Katya Kabanova in 1999.

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