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REVIEWS

Faust with Theater St. Gallen


"St. Gallen, more than anywhere else, believes in showcasing the brilliance of beautiful voices. Now, with their new production of Gouod's Faust, the house has even outdone itself - and certainly some other larger theaters, as well. Read on for our report on their top-notch cast, in any case at the premiere. [...] The supporting roles are fully realized through their interpreters' quality of voice. Jennifer Panara (Siébel) offers a slender, supple mezzo-soprano voice of well-spun flexibility."

- Thomas Baltensweiler, Das Opernglas, 2019

"Two pure souls [remain]: Marguerite and her adolescent admirer Siébel, whom Jennifer Panara turns into a key role with her fine voice imbued with elegant ease and warmth of heart."

- Bettina Kugler, Tagblatt, 2019

Rusalka with Theater St. Gallen

"Riccardo Botta (Gamekeeper) and Jennifer Panara (Kitchen Boy) take the audience by storm as employees at the lobby bar, fiercely flirting with each other and boozing it up - dazzling and slyly comedic, and vocally lively."

- Bettina Kugler, Tagblatt, 2019

"Riccardo Botta and Jennifer Panara deliver superlative comedy as the catering director (in lieu of the gamekeeper) and his waitress."

- Werner M. Gribbel, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 2019

"Riccardo Botta and Jennifer Panara are delightfully provocative and mischievous as the Gamekeeper and Kitchen Boy."

- Herbert Büttiker, RoccoSound, 2019

Märchen im Grand-Hotel with Staatstheater Mainz

"The penniless Spanish princess, Infantin Isabella, was perfectly portrayed in Mainz by Jennifer Panara, immediately creating a very believable character together with a powerful voice. Like all the rest of the cast, she was obviously having fun, and her sense of fun was infectious."

- John Groves, Operetta Research Center, 2019

"There is an extremely playful ensemble consisting of opera singers, musical performers, and actors. But the divisions dissolve: every character dances, sings, and speaks first-class dialogue. [...] Jennifer Panara sings Infantin Isabella with an ample, well-controlled voice of a diva. Serious and unapproachable, she portrays the 'Princess and the Pea', who must be groveled to and buttered up in an enormously persistent way until she finally falls head-over-heels."

- Christian Konz, Online Merker, 2019

"Jennifer Panara as the Spanish Infantin Isabella strikes precisely the elevated, lofty tone, which Abraham had in mind for his parody of arrogant absurdity of rank and cases of mistaken identity akin to Die Fledermaus, Die Csárdásfürstin, and Countess Maritza."

- Claus Ambrosius, Rhein-Zeitung, 2018

 

"Jennifer Panara (a new member of the Ensemble this season at Staatstheater Mainz) embodies the role of the Spanish Infantin Isabella. Whether in duet with her waiter, in the bathtub, or singing the title song ("Märchen im Grand-Hotel") with a melancholic touch, she displays strong stage presence and a resonant voice."

- Markus Gründig, kulturfreak.de, 2018

"Jennifer Panara endows Infantin Isabella with a lush, round timbre."

- Michael Kaminski, Theater Pur, 2018

"Jennifer Panara as Infantin Isabella and Michael Dahmen in the role of the supposedly destitute waiter, Albert, make a real dream couple, enchanting the enthusiastic audience with velvety voices and a hefty shot of whimsicality."

- Bettina Boyens, Allgemeine-Zeitung, 2018

"Jennifer Panara embodies [Infantin Isabella] with a grand air and sings with a marvelous voice."

- Klaus J. Loderer, OpernLoderer, 2018

Die Liebe zu Drei Orangen with Staatstheater Mainz

"The ensemble shines and lets it all hang out - especially KS Hans-Otto Weiß, Philippe Do, Jennifer Panara and Brett Carter."

- Petra Esser, Wiesbadener, 2019

The Consul with Opera Saratoga

"With a characterful and beautifully knit mezzo, Jennifer Panara—another former company YA—aced the Secretary, the character with the biggest dramatic arc."

- David Shengold, Opera News, 2018

"Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Panara lends exquisite shading and subtlety to the role of Magda’s pivotal foil, the Secretary."

- Charles Geyer, La Scena Musicale, 2018

"Jennifer Panara as the Secretary was icy perfection."

- Rick Perdian, Seen and Heard International, 2018

"[Panara's] is a well-measured performance, one that strikes the right contrast with the unraveling we see from Kasanders. The two are locked in a fatal dance. The Secretary has a brief, unexpected moment of self-awareness in Act Three as she’s closing the office for the day. “All those faces!” she exclaims. “They hang from the ceiling and the walls. They wait for me all day long. They still will be here in the morning, boneless, pale in the dusty sun.” Menotti’s music allows this woman’s guard to slip, and Panara expertly humanizes her in that moment."

- B.A. Nilsson, Words and Music, 2018

The Cunning Little Vixen with Theater Hagen

“Something else that has become typical for Theater Hagen is presenting exciting, new voices. This time, it is Jennifer Panara as the Fox, whose beautifully colored mezzo voice made the love duet with the Vixen a highlight."

- Thomas Hilgemeier, Theater Pur, 2018

"The pair of foxes is enchanting. Dorothea Brandt's bright, lyrically flowing soprano voice is compellingly contrasted by Jennifer Panara with her dusky timbre."

- Christoph Zimmermann, Der Opern Freund, 2018

"The fox pair is excellently cast with Dorothea Brandt as the Vixen and Jennifer Panara as the Fox - both possess young, clear voices, very naturally and authentically produced, and with a powerful, lyrical quality in the love duet."

- Stefan Schmöe, Online Musik Magazin, 2018

"Jennifer Panara was captivating in the trouser role of The Fox."

- Fritz Gerwinn, Deianira: Das Kulturportal, 2018

The Grapes of Wrath with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

"Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Panara shines in her OTSL debut as Mae, the popular waitress at a truck stop, who sings about the nobility of the 'knights of the road' who tip her generously, while she in turn takes pity on the Joad children."

- Mark Bretz, Ladue News, 2017

"Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Panara was a standout as Mae, the truck stop waitress."

- Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2017

"Jennifer Panara brings welcome bright humor to us in the role of Mae, the truck-stop waitress. A fine job."

- Steve Callahan, Broadway World, 2017

"A stunning roadside cafe waitress number is performed by Jennifer Panara, in which we see how sympathies toward the desperate migrants change, hearts open, and once again, the poor and working people show themselves to be the most generous toward other folks in bad straits."

- Eric A. Gordon, People's World, 2017

"One of the most effective single moments in the work is a scene set in a truck stop [which] makes a critical point about the Joads' journey and the way grace can emerge in the most unlikely of contexts. Equally important, this scene gives mezzo Jennifer Panara the chance to show off her voice and strut her stuff."

- Sarah Boslaugh, Playback STL, 2017

"The waitress Mae has the most musical comedy-like aria with her humorous commentary on truckers and tipping, and Jennifer Panara delivered it with panache and a gleaming mezzo."

- James Sohre, Opera Today, 2017

Le nozze di Figaro with North Carolina Opera

"The breathless Act One aria ‘Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio or di fuoco,’ [...] was superlatively sung, the range posing no difficulties for Panara. In Act Two, the nervousness that seized Panara’s Cherubino as he performed the canzone ‘Voi che sapete, che cosa è amor’ for his adored godmother, the Contessa, was at once genuinely funny and touching. [...] Across the full range of the music, Panara’s singing was hearteningly confident, and she was a Cherubino who toyed with the affections, not the nerves."

- Joseph A. Newsome, Voix des Arts, 2017

"All 13 characters had strong, clear voices, allowing the audience to revel in the music’s many beauties without having to forgive any unevenness. [...] As the lust-filled teenager Cherubino, Jennifer Panara delighted the audience with spirited singing and gender-bending role-play."

- Roy C. Dicks, The News & Observer, 2017

Faust with Annapolis Opera

"Panara plays Siebel well – a fresh-faced boy loyal to his friends and eager for love. His short aria (Faites-lui mes âveux) delivering flowers to Marguerite’s home, while remembering Mephistopheles’ curse, brought much applause."

- Charles Green, DC Metro Theater Arts, 2016

The Messiah with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

"Panara's warm, focused, fluid mezzo resulted in deeply communicative deliveries of such movements as 'He Was Despised.'"

- Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2015

La traviata with The Santa Fe Opera

"Jennifer Panara was winning as Violetta's friend, Flora."

- James R. Oestreich, The New York Times, 2013

Le comte Ory with The Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice Scenes Showcase

"Jennifer Panara was very impressive as Isolier in the Rossini, and is obviously ready to sing leading roles anywhere."

- Jonathan Pell, dallasopera.org, 2013

Amahl and the Night Visitors with Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra

"As Amahl's Mother, Jennifer Panara is a powerful mezzo-soprano, with a voice that is rich, compelling, and when chiding her son, appropriately biting."

- David Lyman, Cincinnati Enquirer, 2013