Jeanette Favaro-Reuter earned a Masters degree in San Francisco while performing with groups such as the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Opera Piccola of San Francisco and Skylight Opera in Milwaukee. She was then offered a contract at the Freiburg Opera in Germany as a lyric soprano, making her debut there in 1982 as Mimì in La Bohème.
In 1984 she was invited to join the State Theater in Kassel, where she sang many major roles, including the Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Micaela (Carmen), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffman) and the title role (Rusalka). She sang the role of Julianna in the European premiere of Dominic Argento’s The Aspern Papers.
Jeanette Favaro-Reuter has appeared as a guest artist at opera houses including the Liceu in Barcelona, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the RoTheatre in Rotterdam, the Opera du Rhin in Strasbourg and the Munich National Opera along with various others. In addition to her operatic career, Jeanette Favaro-Reuter has also performed widely in concert and recital repertoire, appearing on television and radio broadcasts in the USA and Germany, and singing with conductors including Adam Fischer, Klaus Martin Ziegler, Janos Kulka and Norbert Balatsch. She has released a recording of German lieder and American songs with pianist and conductor Jean-Pierre Faber.
From early in her career, Jeanette Favaro-Reuter has had a strong interest in vocal pedagogy and teaching. Before coming to Europe, she taught voice at the University of Wisconsin, at Concordia College, and at San Francisco State University, and directed various chamber operas at these institutions. In 1991 she was appointed Interim Professor of Voice at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiberg, where she also wrote and produced a mini-musical and a one-woman show. She has also served as an instructor at masterclasses in Italy, Vienna, Lisbon, Norway, and Jerusalem; at the Berlin Opera Academy, the University of Wisconsin, and Concordia University – Milwaukee; and as a visiting professor at Royal College of Music in London.
In 1999 Jeanette Favaro-Reuter moved to Seattle to pursue a doctorate at the University of Washington with Julian Patrick. After receiving her doctorate in 2001, she accepted a full professorship in Leipzig at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and served with distinction on the faculty until her retirement from full-time collegiate teaching in 2018. In addition to her vibrant private voice studio in Leipzig, she teaches on an on-going basis at the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar and in a biennial masterclass with Zvi Semel and Phillip Moll at the European Academy Palazzo Ricci in Montepulciano, Italy.