"The Ferrari on stage", "provocative, sexy, and vocally outstanding", and “a physical beauty with a voice to match" are a few of the things critics are saying about mezzo-soprano Jessica Renfro. As a stage artist she is known for having a "deliciously playful" sense of comic timing" and "seemingly irrepressible energy [that] made her stage presence captivating”.
In June 2015, Ms. Renfro made her Italian debut at the prestigious Opera di Firenze's Maggio Musicale singing the role of Paquette in Bernstein's Candide, for which she was praised as "fun" and “alluring".
On the opera stage she has performed with Opera Tampa, Opera Delaware, Dicapo Opera, St. Petersburg Opera and others in repertoire including the title role in Carmen, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, and Romeo in I Capuleti ed i Montecchi.
Also an accomplished concert artist, she has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Bach in Baltimore Concert Series and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony in solo orchestral works including Handel's Messiah, the Mozart Requiem, and the Bach B Minor Mass.
In October 2016 Ms. Renfro looks forward to returning to the Bay-Atlantic Symphony as the alto soloist in the Mozart Requiem. She will also return this Fall to Bach in Baltimore and the Richmond Symphony for Handel’s Messiah. In 2017, she will debut the role of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Light Opera of New Jersey.
In the 2015-2016 season, Ms. Renfro performed Handel's Messiah with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, as well as returning to perform BWV 169 Gott soll allein mein Herze haben¸ a solo alto cantata, with the Bach in Baltimore Concert Series. In August she also performed in a gala of opera highlights for the Mid-Atlantic Opera Company.
The 2014-15 season began as Guest Artist for an Opera Delaware Gala Concert in Wilmington. The season also witnessed her debut with The Buffalo Philharmonic as alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah. Ms. Renfro joined the Bach in Baltimore series to sing Bach’s Cantata 110, conducted by Herbert Dimmock, and also debuted with the Delaware Symphony as soloist in an operatic concert entitled “Love and Death”.
Originally from Coventry, Connecticut, she began her career in music as a singer/songwriter, performing in venues throughout New England with her guitar. After discovering a love of classical music in college, she earned a B.M. from the University of Connecticut and a M.M. and G.P.D. from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD.