Jennifer Condon was born in Wollongong in 1983. In 1989 she attended her first Opera Australia production and from the age of 11 determined to be an opera conductor.
Music scholarships for her early education at The Illawarra Grammar School and Wollongong Conservatorium and Kambala in Rose Bay assisted with this course.
Kambala accelerated Jennifer’s music education and organised mentoring at Opera Australia as part of her regular curriculum. From this time, Jennifer has worked closely with Simone Young, a strong influence in her development.
Jennifer attained her A.Mus.A and L.Mus.A in Piano and completed a Bachelor of Music Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium. During her undergraduate years, she studied operatic conducting with Vladimir Vais in Melbourne, was assistant conductor for Melbourne City Opera’s La Boheme, and conducted The Tales of Hoffmann for the Sydney University Arts Festival.
Jennifer moved to Europe in 2005 to study operatic conducting in Vienna. She attended masterclasses throughout Europe and worked as a free-lance vocal coach in Austria and Germany.
Since 2008, Jennifer has been employed as Souffleuse at the Hamburg State Opera, where her repertoire includes over 40 operas.
In 2009, having gained the rights from the Estate of Peggy Glanville-Hicks to work on that composer’s final opera, Sappho, Jennifer enrolled in a Ph.D. at the University of New England.
Largely due to the enthusiasm and support of the late James Murdoch, Jennifer has now been granted the rights to both the world premiere recording and production of Sappho.