Jennifer Smith (soprano)

Jennifer Smith (born 13 July 1945 in Lisbon, Portugal) graduated from the Lisbon Conservatory of Music and went to London on a Gulbenkian scholarship. Her varied recording career includes opera and recital from baroque to modern. Her ability to sing in European-Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese makes her a specialist in the music of those countries and composers such as Jorge Croner de Vasconcellos, Artur Santos, Villa Lobos and Hekel Tavares. She appeared in Tony Palmer's television film on Henry Purcell "England My England" in 1995. She was professor of vocal studies and French Mélodie at the Royal College of Music, London, from 1997 to 2007. She now lives in Vendée, France. She has two children, singer-songwriter Carmen Smith and author Joseph Smith.


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