Classically trained with a unique, warm tone quality, jennifer specializes in romantic pop-opera music in English, French and Italian. An ever-growing lyric soprano, Jennifer’s musical style has been compared to Sarah Brightman and other outstanding classical crossover artists. Hailed by San Francisco Chronicle for her "charming" presence, Jennifer Muhawi has been performing in the San Francisco Bay Area for over a decade, at local and regional opera companies as well as popular downtown venues in Union Square and North Beach. She is known for her unique vocal tone and versatility.
Jennifer has appeared in numerous operas, including Carmen, La Traviata, The Marriage of Figaro, the world premier of No Exit, L’Italiana in Algiers, The Merry Widow, Don Giovanni, Faust and others. Her classical training with Mezz0-soprano Donna Bruno in San Francisco began in 2001, after winning the Boston College Concerto Competition in 2000. Since graduating Boston College with a B.S. in Marketing, a world of diverse music continues to inspire...
Near the end of 2009, Jennifer founded City Opera SF to offer her local audience more mainstream pop-opera performances. With this group, she has appeared at the de Young museum, the Legion of Honor, the North Beach Festival, the Union Street Festival, Amante in North Beach, Cafe de la Presse in Union Square, and other venues that fit with a casual, cabaret-like performance style. Jennifer’s repertoire has also expanded through time spent with the company, which tends to combine Italian and French classic songs, like Neapolitan songs and those of Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, Ernesto de Curtis and Andrea Bocelli, into their lively opera presentations.
During a recent six month run at the Villa Florence Hotel in Union Square in 2011, Jennifer met the very talented jazz pianist, Douglas McKeehan. She released a crossover album Ciel de Paris with Doug soon after, who playfully describes it as “un peu classique, un peu romantique”. An entirely French album, the musical style covers a broad spectrum from opera to jazz, in which sense it could be considered Jen’s debut recording into the “pop-opera” genre and surely a transition to an artistic style all her own .
More recently, Jennifer has collaborated with several local and international artists in releasing the following recordings: Mission Eyes' "Free", "Rever" and "Heartstrings" (see MissionEyesProject.com), "In questa vita" featuring Tenor Mete Tasin, and "Stay With Me" co-written with Ian Green. She is looking forward to the upcoming releases of Mission Eyes' "Rayos del Sol" and a pop-opera collaboration with Italian singer-songwriter Cristiano Contin "Verona". See JenniferMuhawi.com for more information.