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BM Westminster Choir
Internationally acclaimed soprano Kimberly E. Jones is an alumna of the Ryan Opera Center with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Her performances with Lyric include the slave girl Margru in the world premiere of Anthony Davis’s Amistad, Olga in Fedora, Princess Xenia in Boris Godunov, Pedro in Don Quichotte, and the spitfire Despina in student matinee performances of Cosi Fan Tutte. She portrayed the cunning Laetitia in the Old Maid and the Thief with the Ryan Opera Center and appeared in Lyric’s "Opera in the Neighborhood,” with performances including Rosina in the Barber of Seville and the title role of Cenerentola. This winter she was showcased in Lyric Opera's Meet the Artist, a one woman show for Illinois students about the life of an opera singer. Kimberly has also appeared at Grant Park as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Adele (Die Fledermaus) and on WFMT’s Live from Studio One.
Appearances outside of Chicago have included Clara in Houston Grand Opera’s international production of Porgy and Bess for which she was nominated for a NAACP Awards for Best Supporting Actress. Kimberly performed in Philip Glass’ Symphony No.5 at the Gewandhaus, in Leipzig, Germany, under Maestro Dennis Russell Davies' baton and was one of four Ryan Opera Center artists showcased in a series of concerts at the Chatelet in Paris, France. She captivated audiences in her Alice Tully Hall debut with the Little Orchestra Society and appeared with Leon Wiliams at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center for an evening of Porgy and Bess solos and duets.
She has received awards from the Baltimore Opera, a George London grant, two Sullivan grants, three grants from the MacAllister Awards Competition, received the Licia Albanese Encouragement Award and was nominated for the Richard Tucker award. Additionally, she was listed in Opera Now’s “Who’s Hot in Opera” edition by the late Ardis Krainik, was the winner of the Union League Competition and was awarded the Richard Gold Career grant from Lyric Opera of Chicago.