Mannes Alumna Jennifer Zetlan Sings “Potent and Incisive” Solo with NY Philharmonic

Jennifer Zetlan (2012, J & J photography)

With a solo performance lauded by the New York Times as “potent and incisive,” Jennifer Zetlan (Mannes, ’04) helped the New York Philharmonic open their 2012-2013 season earlier this month at Avery Fisher Hall.

“Singing with the New York Philharmonic is something I have wanted to do since I was a Mannes student,” said Zetlan, who performed the “Et incarnates est” movement from Mozart’s unfinished Mass in C-minor (K. 427). “I used to go to their open rehearsals and concerts and think how wonderful it would be to sing with such a phenomenal group of musicians.”

Although this was Zetlan’s first performance with the New York Philharmonic, she had previously worked with Maestro Alan Gilbert, having sung Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony with the Juilliard Orchestra under his direction.

Zetlan first took an interest in such performances at Mannes: “As a winner of the Mannes concerto competition, I did my very first orchestral solo performance with the Mannes Orchestra in 2005 (Les Illuminations with Yves Abel conducting), and that really deepened my interest in orchestral singing.”