Soprano Shannon Jennings has been described as "a lovely lilting voice that tugs at the heartstrings." She is a second-year Resident Artist with Pittsburgh Opera for 2017-18, where her roles include Contessa Almaviva (cover) in Le nozze di Figaro, Aunt Sarah/Iraqi Woman/Shrink in The Long Walk, and Giannetta in L'elisir d'amore. Last season, her roles included Slave in Salome, Liù (cover) in Turandot, and Constanza in the rarely seen Handel opera, Richard the Lionheart. Pittsburgh in the Round wrote that Shannon was “a vision and sang treacherously difficult music with what seemed to be the greatest of ease and with a voice of beautiful quality and quantity." Shannon will be spending summer 2018 as an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera, where she will cover Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly.

Shannon was a participant in the 2016 Merola Opera Program, where she sang Anne Sexton in Conrad Susa's Transformations. After the Merola Grand Finale concert in the War Memorial Opera House, the Bay Area Reporter wrote that "her darker sound and clear tone have a blooming quality that easily filled the big opera-house acoustic." Other recent roles include Marguerite in Faust with Annapolis Opera, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutti with Florida Opera Theatre (now Opera Orlando), Josephine in HMS Pinafore with Virginia Opera, Mimì in La bohème with DC Public Opera, and Guenevere in Camelot with Virginia Opera, for which AltDaily praised her as "the perfect blend of beauty and spirit," after she appeared in the role for the detained lead in a nearly sold-out performance.

In addition to Pittsburgh Opera and the Merola Opera Program, Shannon has held residencies with Virginia Opera, Central City Opera, Ash Lawn Opera (now Charlottesville Opera), Wolf Trap Opera, and the Mittelsächsisches Theater in Freiberg, Germany, where she began her career performing Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. Shannon has sung as a soloist with Washington Concert Opera, the Virginia Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, and the Mittelsächsisches Philharmonie. This season, she won 2nd Prize in the 2017 Mildred Miller International Voice Competition hosted by Pittsburgh Festival Opera. Shannon also placed as a Capitol District Winner in the 2016-17 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and 4th Place winner of the 2015 Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition.

Originally from Orlando, FL, Shannon is a graduate of Florida State University, where she was sought after for collaborations in 20th and 21st century music, due to her instrumental background, musicianship, and ability of perfect pitch. She is also as much an actress as a musician, which is a hallmark of her performances.