Conductor, pianist and harpsichordist JENNIFER PETERSON is the director of operamission, a new arts organization which has recently completed its fourteenth presentation since its founding in February of 2009. Operamission is bringing opera, chamber music, art song and cabaret to audiences in the lobby of the Gershwin Hotel in the New York City’s Flatiron in inventive new ways, as in its laboratory-style presentation Puccini’s La Bohème: Assembly Required a chronological cabaret of Kurt Weill’s vocal music, an up-close and live-streamed production of Schubert’s Winterreise (from the autograph manuscript) with tenor Adam Klein, a radio-style presentation of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire paired with Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, several operatic world premieres, and the ongoing series, ‘HANDEL at the Gershwin,’ presenting G.F. Handel’s magnificent London operas on historical instruments.
Ms. Peterson has appeared at over fifty opera companies in the United States and internationally, including the New York City Opera, Opera Memphis, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Des Moines Metro Opera, and the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel. Having received her musical training at the Oberlin College-Conservatory of Music, the Indiana University School of Music, and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where she co-founded the Rochester Chamber Opera, Ms. Peterson has also been actively involved in historical performance as a harpsichordist and chamber musician, as well as being an avid purveyor of new opera to new audiences.
Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Jennifer grew up on the west coast and has been residing in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens,since 1997 while maintaining an active vocal coaching studio in midtown Manhattan.