Biography
 
“We loved the debut of the American Mezzosoprano Jacalyn Bower-Kreitzer, who has an ample and expressive voice with a voluptuous tone and noteworthy technique. She displayed her professionalism and talent from the very moment she began singing “Parto, Parto me tu ben mio, from Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito”…she gave the Ravel “Sheherazade” feeling, style, and impact.” New Mexico Symphony
Mexico City News/Ricardo Rondon

~WITH A VOICE OF "MOLTEN GOLD" (San Francisco Examiner) American Mezzo-Soprano JACALYN KREITZER began her professional career when she stepped in for ailing soprano Felicity Lott to sing the orchestral transcription of Schoenberg's difficult "String Quartet #2 in F# minor" with Simon Rattle and the Los Angeles Philharmonic to excellent critical acclaim. She was then engaged with the Metropolitan Opera for four seasons,and recorded "Die Walkure" with the Met on Deutsche Grammaphon, James Levine conducting.
~Ms. KREITZER then went on to perform with some of the world's great opera houses and symphonies, including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Theatre du Chatelet, New York City Opera, Barcelona, Spoleto, Chicago Lyric, San Francisco Opera, Dublin Grand, Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Seattle Opera, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Kansas City, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, Prague National Symphony, Pasadena, and the Kronos, American, Mendelssohn and Sequioa String Quartets. Her colleagues have included Matti Salminen, Marti Talvela, Thomas Hampson, Frederica von Stade, Christa Ludwig, Hannah Schwarz, Debra Voight, Jessye Norman, William Johns, Rene Kollo, Siegfried Jerusalem, Montserrat Caballe, Eva Marton, Leonie Rysanek, Dame Gwendolyn Jones, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, and James Morris. She has performed over 40 operatic roles, including Erda, Fricka, Waltraute, Norns, Azucena, Amneris, Ulrica, Vitellia, Sosostris, Ericlea, Princess Bulkonskaya, Brangane and the Contessa in Adriana LeCouvreur.
~She has collaborated with conductors Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Loren Maazel, Leonid Grin, Hugh Wolff, Luciano Berio, Jeffrey Tate, Edo de Waart, Pierre Boulez, Jorge Mester, Ajmone-Marson, Bartoletti, Christopher Keene, Hermann Michael, Valery Gerghiev, James Levine, David Zinman, William McGlaughlin, Isaiah Jackson, Kent Nagano, Bruno Ferranids, Theodore Kuchar, and James Conlon, performing the works of Bach, Brahms, Verdi, Wagner, Handel, Ravel, Hahn, Menotti, Strauss, Messian, Berlioz, Berio, Mozart, Prokoviev, Bernstein, Stravinsky, Ravel, de Falla, Britten Tchaikovsky, Vaughn-Williams, Schoenberg, Heggie, Bellini, and many others.  In addition to her operatic roles, and Ms. Kreitzer performs a extensive amount of works in recital.
~In her CARNEGIE HALL debut, MS. KREITZER sang Brangaene in Wagner's TRISTAN UND ISOLDE with Lorin Maazel and the Pittsburgh Symphony and she recorded the "Mother" in Gian-Carlo Menotti's "The Consul" in Spoleto, Italy for Chandos (directed by Menotti) conducted by Richard Hicox. In Prague she sang Verdi's Requiem and the Bach Magnificat with Prague Radio Symphony, James DePreist and Tamas Vasary conducting. Recent engagements and future engagements include "Jocasta" in Stravinsky's"Oedipus Rex" with Leonid Grin and the San Jose Symphony; Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Hermann Michael in Phoenix; Prokoviev’s “Alexander Nevsky” with Fresno Philahrmonic, Theodore Kuchar conducting; “Oedipus Tex” with Peter Schickele and his P.D.Q. Bach Troupe; the premiere of Garry Eister’s “re.E.O. 9066”, Kent Nagano conducting; a Missa Solemnis with Toshiyuki Shimada; Mahler 2nd in Portland, OR with James DePreist, and the contralto solo "O Mensch" in Mahler’s 3rd symphony in Phoenix, Christof Perick conducting, Kostelnichka in Jenufa with Richard Westerfiled conducting, mezzo soloist in Duruffle's "Requiem", Mahler's "Songs of a Wayfarer"with Maestro Bruno Ferrandis, Mozart’s “Requiem” with Kuchar and the Reno Chamber Orchestra, and in recital in Kyoto Japan’s Barocksaal Hall.  Her “Kreitzer/Davies/Nagano trio made its Weilll Hall debut, with works for mezzo, Cello and piano. 
~She has recorded with Deutsche Grammaphon, Teldec, Claves, and Chandos, and is the recipient of prestigious awards, including the Flagstad Young Wagnerian Singer Award, 1st prize winner in the New York Liederkranz competition, an Astral Foundation Grant and a Sullivan Foundation Grant. She is featured in “Who’s Who”  and has been a panelist on the Opera America symposium held annually nation-wide.