02.13.18Winner of the Kurt Weill Foundation's 2018 Grace Keagy Award for Outstanding Vocal Promise
Shannon received the Grace Keagy Award for Outstanding Vocal Promise from the Kurt Weill Foundation as part of the 2018 Lotte Lenya Competition.
02.06.18Operapolitan Singer of the Month
"February can be a rather dreary and cold month. So, as we await the departure of frigid winds and slushy sidewalks, we would like to offer a glimpse of sunshine to our Operapolitan readers. This February, we are happy to celebrate a gifted artist who possesses a voice that speaks to the soul with a beautiful balance of clarity, depth, brightness, and comforting warmth. See and hear for yourself (in the video below) as you enjoy her performance from the 2017 Mildred Miller International Voice Competition where she performs "Tu che di gel sei cinta" from Puccini's Turandot and Juliette's Poison Aria from Gounod's Roméo et Juliette. After listening, be sure to read on to learn more about Shannon Jennings, her favorite things, and what inspires her!"
01.24.18Review: The Long Walk
"Shannon Jennings did triple duty, as Aunt Sarah, an Iraqi woman and the 'Shrink,' the last part affording the best display of her lovely voice."
- George B. Parous, Pittsburgh in the Round
01.21.18Review: Pittsburgh Opera's 'The Long Walk' is a smart, chaotic, explosive success
“Other vocal highlights included resident artist Shannon Jennings as Mr. Castner’s psychologist, singing of blast-induced neurotrauma with an effortless, natural authority and granting the opera a rare moment of catharsis."
- Jeremy Reynolds, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10.24.17Shannon Jennings and Corrie Stallings Win Mildred Miller Voice Competition
"Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist Shannon Jennings and alumna Corrie Stallings were both named prize winners at the prestigious Mildred Miller International Voice Competition on October 22nd.
Originally from Orlando, Florida, Ms. Jennings is a second-year Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist in 2017-18. She is scheduled to perform as Aunt Sarah/Shrink/Iraqi in The Long Walk in January, and Giannetta in The Elixir of Love in April. In her first year with the company, she earned rave reviews for her performance as Costanza in Handel's Richard the Lionheart, where she was described as 'a vision' who 'sang treacherously difficult music with what seemed to be the greatest of ease and with a voice of beautiful quality and quantity.'"
07.27.17Review: Opera double bill a grace note to Central City season
"Soprano Shannon Jennings appears at the climax as the dead Lady Valerie and her love duet with [Dean] Murphy is the musical and dramatic highlight."
Kelly Dean Hansen, Daily Camera
01.23.17Review: Richard the Lionheart (“Riccardo primo, re d’Inghilterra”)
"Shannon Jennings (Costanza) 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. She displayed amazing breath control and acted the part with sympathetic dignity."
George B. Parous, Pittsburgh in the Round
11.21.16The sorely neglected opera that, performed like WCO did, could make opera a hit
"Shannon Jennings sang prettily in the small role of a young Babylonian."
Anne Midget, Washington Post
11.06.16Winner of the Capitol District MONC Auditions!
Shannon Jennings was named a winner of the Capitol District in the 2016-17 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions! She will be singing in the Middle Atlantic Regional Finals in Washington DC on February 12, 2017.
"They left the stage to soprano Shannon Jennings (Orlando, FL) for a pensive aria from Mozart's Idomeneo... Her darker sound and clear tone have a blooming quality that easily filled the big opera-house acoustics."
Philip Campbell, The Bay Area Reporter
08.21.16Review: Merola Opera singers mount an Olympic-style triumph
"Shannon Jennings raged expressively as Ilia in an aria from Mozart's 'Idomeneo'..."
Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News
03.20.16Review: "Faust" at Annapolis Opera
"Jennings is pure delight as Marguerite. She captures the joy and purity of a young maiden. She can't help but smile when she sings, and neither can the audience... her voice rings with a haunting romance... She captures the highs and lows of human emotion."
Charles Green, DC Metro Theater Arts
02.01.16Merola Opera Program Announces 2016 Participants & Season - February 2016
Shannon Jennings will be a participant in the 2016 Merola Opera Program, singing Anne Sexton in Transformations.
03.29.15Review: 'Così fan tutte' from Florida Opera Theatre
"Soprano Shannon Jennings, the more steadfast sister, uses tricky low notes to comic effect, and delivers a stirring ode to fidelity, 'Like a rock.'"
Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel
03.25.15'Così fan tutte': Opera arrives at Orlando's new arts center
Preview of Florida Opera Theatre's Così fan tutte, with Shannon as Fiordiligi
03.15.15An "Afternoon at the Opera" with Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra
A preview of the singers who will be performing Act III of Puccini's LA BOHEME with the Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, April 12.
12.07.14Review: Virginia Opera puts on clever, detailed ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ at George Mason
"As the young lovers Ralph and Josephine, Cullen Gandy and Shannon Jennings generated warm onstage chemistry... Jennings’s lyric soprano glittered up high... her mid-range, spot-on and even-keeled"
Grace Jean, Washington Post
12.06.14Review: 'H.M.S. Pinafore' at Virginia Opera Company
"As Sir Joseph’s unhappy betrothed, Josephine, lyric soprano Shannon Jennings sacrifices neither vocal quality nor expressive characterization... vibrating through the space of the GMU Concert Hall to great effect."
Michael Poandl, DC Metro Theater Arts
12.05.14Virginia Opera brings 'H.M.S. Pinafore' to GMU
Ms. Jennings talks about her experience in Virginia Opera's 'HMS Pinafore' in this Fairfax Times preview.
Rachel DeSantis, Fairfax Times
11.23.14Opera Review: 'H.M.S. Pinafore'
Review of Virginia Opera's HMS Pinafore in the Richmond Times. "Cullen Gandy and Shannon Jennings had yearning chemistry to spare as Ralph and Josephine."
Roy Proctor, Richmond Times-Dispatch
11.10.14Virginia Opera stages "H.M.S. Pinafore"
Shannon Jennings talks about her experience in Virginia Opera's production of 'HMS Pinafore.'
Joan Tupponce, Richmond Times
10.28.14Norfolk Perspectives interview for 'HMS Pinafore' with Va Opera
Shannon Jennings and conductor Adam Turner talk about Virginia Opera's 'HMS Pinafore' on Norfolk Perspectives with Bob Batcher
07.08.14Opera set in Appalachia
"The leading lady was absolutely phenomenal... it gave me chills."
WFTV Public Radio
07.03.14Opera Singers Surprise Shoppers at Main St. Market
News coverage of Ash Lawn Opera promoting their summer 2014 season. Ms. Jennings sang selections from 'Susannah.'
01.23.13Review: Camelot - a fresh and modern spin on a classic musical
"Shannon Jennings, who filled in for McGowan in Sunday’s performance, was the perfect blend of beauty and spirit; it’s easy to understand why a knight would betray his king, and a king would declare war for her."
Erin Cook, AltDaily
12.05.12Review: Florida Opera Theatre presents comic 'Gianni Schicchi' in English
"But, when soprano Shannon Jennings, as Lauretta, sings how without her love she 'would rather die,' the words pack an emotional punch with the haunting melody. It's a lovely moment among the merriment."
Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel
12.03.11Review: 'Medium' shows promise for opera
"But Jennings, as Monica, has a lovely lilting voice that tugs at the heartstrings on 'Mommy, mommy dear…' and lights up the room with her fanciful 'Monica, Monica, dance the waltz…'"
Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel