Magnificat Concerts to Feature Soprano Jennifer Ellis Kampani
On the weekend of February 4-6, Magnificat will present a program of music by women composers of the 17th century that will feature soprano Jennifer Ellis Kampani. Since her memorable Magnificat debut in the role of Gelosia in Marco Marrazoli’s opera Il Capriccio in 1997, Jennifer has appeared in every Magnificat season. Her credits include music by Charpentier, Schütz, Monteverdi, Rovetta, Carrisimi, and many others. She features prominently on Magnificat’s recordings of the complete works of Chiara Margarita Cozzolani and has appeared on several Magnificat tours.
“Jennie’s voice has been integral to Magnificat’s sound over the past decade,” noted artistic director Warren Stewart. “The passion, love and energy that she brings to every performance is inspiring to audiences and her fellow musicians alike.”
In addition to her work with Magnificat, Jennifer has performed recently with the Washington Bach Consort, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and the New York Collegium under Andrew Parrott. She was featured artist in Le Tournoi de Chauvency, a Medieval opera production with Francesca Lattuada and Ensemble Aziman, which toured Europe. She has also performed with the Richmond Symphony, the Bach Sinfonia, and the Handel Choir of Baltimore. Her international career has included appearances with American Bach Soloists, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, Apollo’s Fire, Musica Angelica, Washington Catherdral Choral Society, Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Solamente (Budapest, Hungary), Ensemble Tourbillon (Prague, Czech Republic), and Musica Aeterna (Bratislava, Slovakia). In addition, Jennifer has sung with the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Charlotte Symphony. Opera highlights include leading roles in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, 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.
A specialist in the music of Spain and Latin America, Jennifer has toured villancicos and zarzuelas extensively with Richard Savino and El Mundo and has performed on programs with Andrew Lawrence-King. She has been heard in many concert series and festivals including Aston Magna, Houston Early Music, Music Before 1800, Miami Tropical Baroque, Connecticut Early Music, Carmel Bach, Pacific Music Festival, and the Berkeley and Boston Early Music Festivals. Jennifer has recorded Villancicos y Cantadas and The Essential Giuliani for Koch, the works of Cozzolani for Musica Omnia, and Carissimi Motets and Cantatas for Hungaroton. She was awarded finalist in the 2004 Early Music America Medieval/Renaissance Competition, first runner up at the 2000 Bethlehem Bach Vocal Competition, and the Adam’s Fellowship at the Carmel Bach Festival. Born in San Francisco and a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Guildhall School of Music in London, Jennifer currently lives in Detroit.