Winnie's Aria: Sky on Swings (L. Beecher/H. Moscovitch)
Jessica Beebe, soprano
Mark Livshits, piano
Soprano Jessica Beebe is steadily gaining international attention as an affecting interpreter of repertoire spanning over four centuries, ranging from Renaissance music to contemporary American opera. In recent seasons, she has appeared in concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (under the baton of Raymond Leppard); the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra; the Princeton Festival Orchestra; the New York City Chamber Orchestra (at Carnegie Hall); Piffaro, the Renaissance Band; Trio Eos and the Folger Consort; the Delaware Symphony Orchestra; the Philadelphia Orchestra (under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin), and several other ensembles.
During the 2018-2019 season, Ms. Beebe returned to Opera Philadelphia to cover the role of Winnie in the world premiere of Sky on Swings by Lembit Beecher and Hannah Moscovitch as well as a debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra of NY. Later in the season, Ms. Beebe returned to Delaware Choral Society as Gabriel / Eve in Die Schöpfung and in the spring of 2019, Ms. Beebe made her solo debut with the Folger Consort, covered the title role of Semele with The English Consort and Clarion Choir and made her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut in Meredeth Monk’s opera, Atlas. In the fall of 2019, Ms. Beebe made her Steamboat Symphony Orchestra debut in Mozart’s Mass in C minor and her Cathedral Choral Society debut singing two Haydn works and Mozart’s Laudate Dominum. Also, in the fall of 2019, Ms. Beebe returned to Opera Philadelphia for the workshops of Jennifer Higdon/Jerre Dye’s Woman with Eyes Closed and a Missy Mizzoli/Royce Vavrek opera TBA. She was set to cover the role of Mother/Woman in the Painting in the 2020 premiere ofWoman with Eyes Closed (COVID19) which has now been rescheduled to 2024. In the spring of 2021, Ms. Beebe made her Allegro Orchestra Lancaster debut as the soprano soloist in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and joined the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society for a concert of Bach with the Gamut Bach Ensemble.
Other titles in Ms. Beebe's classical concert repertoire include Monteverdi's Vespro della beata vergine; Vivaldi's In furore iustissma iræ; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater; J. S. Bach's Mass in B minor, St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, and a wide range of cantatas; Handel's Messiah, Dixit Dominus, Jepthe, and Judas Maccabaeus; Mozart's Mass in C minor, Krönungsmesse, and Requiem; Haydn's Die Schöpfung, The Seasons, and Harmoniemesse; Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem; Fauré's Requiem; Delius' Requiem; and Orff's Carmina Burana. She has also performed late 20th & 21st-century works such as Andrea Clearfield's Alleluia; Donald McCullough's Song of the Shulamite; John Rutter's Mass for the Children; and Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light. During the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Beebe made debuts with Bourbon Baroque and the Clarion Society, along with her role debut as Delilah in Handel's Samson with the Delaware Choral Society.
In the realm of classical opera, Ms. Beebe has performed the Mozart soubrette roles of Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro (the role of her 2015 debut with the Princeton Festival), Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Despina in Così fan tutte; Gluck's Euridice and Humperdinck's Gretel; 20th-century roles such as the First Niece in Peter Grimes and the First Daughter in Akhnaten, and in 17th-century repertoire, the commanding roles of La Gloire in Lully's Alceste and Purcell's Dido.
Highlights of her operatic activity including covering the role of Lila in the 2016 East Coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon and Gene Scheer's Cold Mountain and joining Norway's Bergen National Opera to cover the role of the Angel in Netia Jones' hi-tech staged production of Messiah. Ms. Beebe also made her Opera Philadelphia return in fall 2017 to create the combined roles of Luna/Hecate in the world premiere of David Hertzberg's The Wake World.
A native of Philadelphia, Jessica Beebe earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Delaware, her Master of Music from Indiana University, and a Performance Certificate from London's Royal College of Music.