Jody Kidwell, Mezzo-Soprano, was a winner in the third Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, and was later chosen by Mr. Pavarotti to appear in Luisa Miller filmed by PBS. Gian Carlo Menotti directed her in his opera, The Saint of Bleecker Street and her portrayal of Desideria was heralded by critics as "all stops out singingÉhaunting..steamy..intense".
As Zulma in Opera Company of Philadelphia's L'Italiana in Algeri, Ms. Kidwell was heard and seen on WHYY's Philadelphia Performs series. Other roles include Carmen in Carmen, Isabella in L'Italiana in Algeri, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Maddalena in Rigoletto.
Recently Ms. Kidwell appeared with Opera Columbus as Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of LaMancha, and as Dido in Dido and Aeneas, with the Lehigh Chamber Symphony in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Ms. Kidwell is equally known for her character work as Czipra in The Gypsy Baron, Mrs. McLean in Susannah, and Mrs. Peachum in Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera. At home on the concert stage, Ms. Kidwell has performed the major concert works of Verdi, Beethoven, Rossini, Elgar, DeFalla, Mahler and Mozart with the North Carolina Symphony, The Las Vegas Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The National Symphony of San Jose, Costa Rica and Bogota, Columbia. She has also sung the major oratorio works of Bach, Handel, and Mendelssohn. She can be heard on the Lyrachord label in Mozart's Requiem with Vox Ama Deus.
Last spring Ms. Kidwell was soloist with the Vox Ama Deus ensemble in Bach's B Minor Mass at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Additionally, Ms. Kidwell has performed with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops and is a regular guest with the Ocean City Pops on the famous Jersey Shore Boardwalk at the Music Pier. In August 2008, Ms. Kidwell was guest soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogota in Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde. Ms. Kidwell returned to the Kimmel Center in November as soloist in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, with Vox Ama Deus; to be released on the Lyrachord label.
Ms. Kidwell resides in Philadelphia and is Cantorial soloist at Congregation Rodeph Shalom and a member of the faculty at Settlement Music School.