Jean Broekhuizen is thrilled to be making her Florentine Opera debut in her hometown of Milwaukee! A frequent contest winner, Miss Broekhuizen was a National Semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 2005, and has won the Wisconsin District and been an Upper Midwest Regional Finalist in that same competition three years in a row (2003-2006). She was also presented with the "Outstanding Mezzo Soprano Award" at the Upper Midwest Regionals of the Met Auditions in 2005. In the spring of 2007, Jean was the recipient of a Study Grant from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Education Fund. Miss Broekhuizen has also been a Semifinalist in the Houston Grand Opera's Eleanor McCollum Competition (2007), and a finalist in both the Liederkranz Competition (2004), and the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Competition for Voice (2005).
Since the 2008-2009 season, Jean has been engaged as a principal soloist at the OperLeipzig in Germany. In 2009 she sang Donna Elvira in Werner Schroeter's production of Don Giovanni to great acclaim. Other roles performed in Leipzig include: Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Rosina in Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, Mercédès in Carmen, Zweite Damein Die Zauberflöte, and Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus.
During the 2010-2011 season in Leipzig, Jean will reprise the following roles: Rosina, Zweite Dame, and Mercédès, as well as sing the Leipzig premiere of Peter Konwitschny's production of Cosi Fan Tutte (Dorabella), Hänsel in a new production of Hänsel und Gretel, directed by Birgit Eckenweber, Dritte Magd in Elektra, and Siegrune in a concert version of Die Walküre with Prof. Ulf Schimer conducting.
Prior to her time in Leipzig, Jean spent the 2007-2008 season as a house mezzo at the Theater Augsburg, Germany, where she sang the roles of Dorabella and Rosina with great success.
Engagements prior to her time in Germany include: Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Little Orchestra Society of New York (2005 and 2006), three summers as a Young Artist at the Central City Opera, where she won the "Young Artist Award" in 2006, two seasons as a young artist at the Chicago Opera Theater (2004, 2005), Studio Artist at Chautauqua Opera (2004), and Resident Artist at the Skylight Opera (2002-2003 season).
Jean received her Master of Music from the University of Michigan, and her Bachelor of Music from the University of Arizona.
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