Classical, Broadway & Jazz Vocalist, Pianist & Instructor
In July 2016, Ms. Wentworth performed the role of Alma March in the Astoria Music Festival's Little Women, an opera by American composer Mark Adamo. In the spring of 2016, Ms. Jeanne Wentworth proudly debuted the role of Camino Woman in the new English opera Vía Láctea with OperaBend at the Tower Theatre in Bend, Oregon.
Her credits include performances with Dayton opera, including Mercedes in Carmen, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Norma, Candide, Madama Butterfly and La Ciesca in Gianni Schicci. Ms. Wentworth has also sung with Michigan Opera Theatre as Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor with Ruth Ann Swenson, and as the Abbess in King Roger under the baton of Richard Woitach. She has performed with Pacific Symphony as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah, the Dayton Philharmonic, singing the role of Carmen with Maestro Willie Waters, the Johnstown Symphony as Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, and with the Plum Creek Orchestra in Stravinsky's Pulcinella. Ms. Wentworth has also sung with the Santa Fe, Sarasota and Pittsburgh Opera Companies.
In addition to her operatic repertoire, Ms. Wentworth is highly sought after as an oratorio soloist. She has performed Haydn's The Creation with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, singing the role of Eve, and as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Mozart's Great Mass in C minor, and Pie Jesu from Duruflé's Requiem with the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh. Other performances include Handel's Messiah with the Johnstown Symphony, the Requiems of Mozart and Fauré, Vivaldi's Gloria, Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Beethoven's Mass in C and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater.
Ms. Wentworth can be heard on the recording of Clepsydra, an operatic installation by Venezuelan composer and conductor Efraín Amaya. She was featured in the premiere performance of the work in December 1999 in Pittsburgh under the baton of Maestro Amaya. Ms. Wentworth has also recorded a series of original compositions for voice and piano by Efraín Amaya, entitled A Sense of Time and available on the Elan label. Additionally, Ms. Wentworth was honored to be selected as the featured vocalist for the 9/11 commemorative performance of the Johnstown Symphony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, broadcast around the world. Additionally, Ms. Wentworth can be heard on the newly recorded Clepsydra on Albany records.
Ms. Wentworth has won numerous awards, most recently as a semi-finalist in the Solo Competition for the Oratorio Society of New York. Other awards include winner of the Liederkranz Vocal Competition in New York, finalist in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Vocal Competition, selection as a Metropolitan Opera National Finalist and a Finalist for the Lyric opera of Chicago. She has received several scholarships from the Metropolitan Opera's Educational Fund for career advancement, and has also been awarded scholarships from the National Federation of Music Clubs.
Upon completion of her undergraduate and graduate studies at Duquesne University in piano and vocal performance, Ms. Wentworth went on to do graduate work at Carnegie Mellon University. Ms. Wentworth was accepted into the apprentice programs of the Michigan Opera Theatre as well as the Santa Fe, Pittsburgh, Dayton, and Sarasota opera companies.
Currently, Ms. Wentworth teaches voice and piano in Sisters, Oregon and performs throughout Oregon.