Praised by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a soprano “blessed with a rich, hypnotic voice that is notable for its beauty and control”, Judith Jenkins has been featured in recent years as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Mendelssohn Choir, the River City Brass Band, the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, and the Renaissance City Winds.
In 2005 she created the role of Queen Isabella in the world premiere of Leonardo Balada’s opera The Death of Columbus, and recorded the same for the Naxos label. She has presented numerous solo lieder and operatic recitals in Europe and Asia, including a series of benefit recitals in the Philippines sponsored by the United States Embassy. Major roles in opera and music theatre include the title role in the Pittsburgh premiere of Samuel Barber’s Vanessa.
Judith has been featured as a soloist in many choral works, including Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio, and many cantatas; the masses of Schubert and Beethoven, Haydn’s Creation, Poulenc’s Gloria, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, and the requiems of Brahms and Faure. She was a district winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.
Judith earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory and a Master of Fine Arts in opera from Carnegie-Mellon University. She is currently Instructor of Voice at the Conservatory of Performing Arts of Point Park University and is a member of the Pittsburgh Opera chorus.