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Biography

Renowned for her distinctive dramatic voice and passionate artistry, American mezzo soprano Jill Grove has won critical raves throughout America and Europe for her distinguished portrayals of the heroines of German and Italian opera. She is equally at home with the world's leading orchestras and in recital.

In the 2011 -12 season, Grove’s operatic engagements include Ulrica in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera with New Orleans Opera, Amneris in Verdi’s Aida with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Erda in Siegfried and First Norn in Götterdämmerung with Munich Staatsoper under the baton of Kent Nagano. Grove’s concert engagements include the Brahm’s “Alto Rhapsody” with the American Classical Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Utah Symphony and Händel’s Messiah with the National Arts Centre Orchestra under the baton of Trevor Pinnock.

Operatic highlights of past seasons include performances at the Metropolitan Opera as Erda in Götterdämmerung and Das Rheingold, Magdalene in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Madelon in Andrea Chénier, Pantalis in Mefistofele, Emila in Otello, Mary in Die Fliegende Holländer, Auntie in Peter Grimes, Aithra in Die Ägyptische Helena and Cornelia in Giulio Cesare. Further highlights include performances with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Erda in Götterdämmerung, Countess Geschwitz in Lulu , the Nurse in Die Frau ohne Schatten; with San Francisco Opera Grove performed Jenny Reefer in Virgil Thompson’s The Mother of Us All with Donald Runnicles conducting; with Santa Fe Opera performed Dame Quickly in Falstaff, Omniscient Sea-Shell in Die Ägyptische Helena and Ursule in Béatrice et Bénédict; with Dallas Opera the First Norn in Götterdämmerung; with Los Angeles Opera Erda in Siegfried and Ottavia’s nurse in L'incoronazione di Poppea and Zita in Gianni Schicchi with Woody Allen directing; and Amneris in Aida with Canadian Opera Company in a new production directed by Tim Alberry. In Europe, Grove has performed the role of Haushälterin in Die Schweigsame Frau with Théâtre du Châtelet; the Deaconess in Szymanowski’s Krol Roger; Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera with Welsh National Opera; Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas with Philharmonia Baroque and Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera with Teatro Carlo Felice.

Highlights on the concert stage include performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony and Houston Symphony in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; Verdi’s Requiem with Toronto Symphony under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis; Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the Houston Symphony under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach; Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with the National Symphony under the baton of Hans Graf; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the San Francisco Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, Bergen Philharmonic and Norddeutsche Rundfunk under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach; Handel’s Messiah with Toronto Symphony with both Nicolas McGegan and Sir Andrew Davis conducting; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting; Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Mariss Jansons conducting; Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Minnesota Orchestra and Verdi’s Requiem with Jaap van Zweden conducting.

Jill Grove's recordings include Ulrica on a Chandos recording of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, Auntie in Peter Grimes both on the London Symphony Orchestra Live label under Sir Colin Davis and in a new production by John Doyle at the Metropolitan Opera (now available on EMI DVD), Magdalene in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg under the baton of James Levine and issued on DVD by Deutsche Grammophon as well as the Omniscient Mussel in Strauss's Die Ägyptische Helena with the American Symphony Orchestra opposite Deborah Voigt on Teldec. As a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, she sang Tisbe in La Cenerentola opposite Cecilia Bartoli which was released by Decca/London.

Jill Grove is the winner of the 2003 ARIA award, a 2001 Richard Tucker Foundation Career Grant, a 1999 George London Foundation Career Grant, a 1997 Sullivan Foundation Career Grant, a 1996 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a 1996 recipient of a Richard Tucker Foundation Study Grant and a 1995 recipient of a Richard F. Gold Career Grant.

Jill Grove was a member of the Merola Program at San Francisco Opera and the Houston Grand Opera Studio. She has also sung with the Opera Theater of St Louis. She attended the Music Academy of the West, the New England Conservatory and Stephen F. Austin State University. She received a Distinguished Alumna Award from the latter university in 2006.

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