Jeni Bern is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Opera School of the Royal College of Music where she was the winner of many major awards and prizes, including the prestigious President Emerita Award. She is also a Samling Artist.
Highlights in recent seasons include Greta Fiorentino in Street Scene at the Teatro Real; Woglinde and Waldvogel in Der Ring des Nibelungen for Opera North; Lilli Vanessi / Katharine in Kiss Me Kate for Welsh National Opera and Opera North; Susie Trevor in Lady, Be Good at the Teatro de la Zarzuela; and Fiordiligi in Phelim McDermott’s production of Così fan tutte for English National Opera.
Her varied stage roles have included Paquette Candide (Théâtre du Châtelet, Teatro alla Scala and Hyogo Performing Arts Centre, Japan); also for Théâtre du Châtelet - Zdenka Arabella and Sister Margaretta / Baroness Elsa The Sound of Music; Tytania A Midsummer Night's Dream, Musetta La bohème, Susanna The Marriage of Figaro, Trixie Let ‘em Eat Cake, Gretel Hansel & Gretel and La Princesse L’enfant et les sortilèges (all for Opera North); Emma Jones Street Scene (Opéra de Toulon). Roles for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden include Guardian of the Threshold Die Frau ohne Schatten, First Heavenly Voice Palestrina, Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro and Blumenmädchen Parsifal (with Plácido Domingo); Jano Jenůfa (Glyndebourne); Mabel The Pirates of Penzance, Yum Yum The Mikado, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier and Amor Orpheus & Eurydice (all for English National Opera); Amour Orphée et Eurydice (Welsh National Opera); Medea Teseo and Susanna The Marriage of Figaro (English Touring Opera); Eurydice Orpheus in the Underworld (Opera Holland Park); Musetta La bohème and Oscar Un ballo in Maschera (Opera Zuid). She has also performed the title role in Deidamia and Sigismondo Arminio (London Handel Festival); Atalanta Xerxes and Dalinda Ariodante (Early Opera Company); and Narcissa Philemon und Baucis with Trevor Pinnock.