Soprano Jena Carpenter received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Vanderbilt University in 2009. Her career then took her to Mannheim, Germany where she received her Master’s in Opera Performance from The Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts in 2012.
Jena Carpenter has performed the roles of Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte), First Lady and Pamina (The Magic Flute), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Laurey (Oklahoma), Marian Paroo (The Music Man), Liesel and Mother Superior (The Sound of Music) to name a few. Additional credits include: Ortlinde (Die Walküre), Rose (At the status of Venus), Violetta (La Traviata), Blumenmädchen (Parisfal), Marianne (Tartuffe), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), and Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito)
She has worked internationally with artists and directors including Bo Skovhus, Sheri Greenawald, Lothar Odinius, Sue Patchell, Manny Perez, Günter Krämer, Dan Ettinger, Margo Garrett, Gabriele Lechner, Valer Barna-Sabadus, Gary Kudo, Yanyu Guo, and Gloria Parker.
Jena Carpenter is a four-time finalist at the National Association of Teachers of Singing vocal competition and has been awarded the Robin Nell Dickerson Prize, the David K. and Anne Potter Wilson Scholarship and The Bayreuth Scholarship.