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Trost, Jennifer Soprano
Jennifer Trost joined the Penn State School of Music faculty in 2005 to teach studio voice and courses in vocal literature at both the undergraduate and graduate level. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education at Albion College in Albion, Michigan; a Master of Music degree in applied voice at Michigan State University; and took advanced courses at the doctoral level at the University of Southern California. Prior to coming to Penn State, Professor Trost taught studio voice for several years at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich, Germany followed by a year as a visiting associate professor of voice and acting head of the voice area at the University of California in Santa Barbara.

Professor Trost is a young-dramatic soprano and had a fifteen-year career as an opera singer. Her first professional engagement was as a resident artist at the Los Angeles Opera from 1989-1991. She was an apprentice artist at the Santa Fe Opera in 1990. From 1991-2004, her career was based in Germany where she spent four years as a soloist at the Wuppertal Opera and nine years at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. While at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, has was invited by famous stage director Harry Kupfer to sing Mrs. Grose in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw at the Komische Oper Berlin. She sang Ortlinda in a new production of Die Walküre in Munich where she also took on roles in Parsifal and Bernarda Albas Haus.

She was privileged to work regularly with well-known conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Wolfgang Sawallisch, James Levine, and especially Zubin Mehta, the General Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera. Trost sang as a guest artist at the Komische Oper in Berlin, the National Theater in Mannheim, the Salzburg Music Festival, the Opera de Paris Garnier, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Italy, the British Broadcasting Corporation (Proms) in London, the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, the Munich Radio Orchestra, and the Munich Philharmonic. She sang the role of Magdalena (a role specifically composed for her) in the world-premiere of Aribert Reimann's "Bernarda Albas Haus."

Trost is a frequent recitalist and has collaborated regularly with Arlene Shrut. On March 1, 2009 Ms. Trost. sang a recital in Philadelphia of music on the lighter side, presenting songs by Cole Porter and George Gershwin.

She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the National Opera Association. She is a member of the Artist Faculty at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina.

Buffs Performance(s): 8/22/93, 3/17/91, 3/19/89, 9/16/88, 5/25/86
Grants awarded: Das Schloss (Aribert Reimann)

Líincoronazione di Poppea (Claudio Monteverdi)

Die Walkure, Richard Wagner

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