Jill Grove


The American mezzo-soprano began the current season with her return to San Francisco Opera as Madelon/Andrea Chénier, following her Grandmother Buryja/Jenůfa at SFO last season. Other recent successes include Ježibaba/Rusalka (Houston, New Orleans), Baba the Turk/The Rake’s Progress (Pittsburgh), and the title role/Britten’s Phaedra (San Antonio). Grove has earned great praise for Wagner’s Ring cycle (Lyric, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Munich); and for Die ägyptische Helena, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Giulio Cesare, and Peter Grimes (all at the Met, the latter work also in Toronto). She is a celebrated Amneris (Lyric, Toronto, San Diego, Dayton), Ulrica (St. Paul, New Orleans), Azucena (Houston), Preziosilla (San Francisco), and Zita/Gianni Schicchi (Los Angeles, DVD). The mezzo created Anne Kronenberg/Stewart Wallace’s Harvey Milk (Houston Grand Opera, CD). An in-demand concert singer, Grove has recently performed with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra (Verdi’s Requiem), Utah Symphony (Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9), the American Classical Orchestra (Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody), and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra (Handel’s Messiah). She has been highly successful with the major orchestras of London, Toronto, Los Angeles, Washington, San Francisco, and Houston. This season she performed Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius (Jacksonville Symphony) and Bernstein’s “Jeremiah” Symphony (The Orchestra Now).

Previously at Lyric: Twelve roles since 2003|04, most recently Filipyevna/Eugene Onegin (2016|17); Margret/Wozzeck (2015|16); Ježibaba/Rusalka (2013|14); Witch/Hänsel und Gretel (2012|13).

Last updated: February 26, 2017
Photo: Dario Acosta