Oh quante volte: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (V. Bellini)
Jessica E. Jones, soprano
Arthur Bosarge, piano
Grammy Award Winning soprano Jessica E. Jones is in demand on stages across the country. Critics have praised Ms. Jones calling her “astonishing” “thrilling” and “fabulous.” An artist who excels in multiple styles, her repertoire spans from early music to contemporary opera. A passionate champion of American opera, Ms. Jones recently performed with Santa Fe Opera as Chrisann Brennan in the world premiere of Mason Bates’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (for which she won her Grammy) and was promptly invited back to sing the title role in the world premiere of Poul Ruder’s The Thirteenth Child. During the 2021-2022 season, Ms. Jones will make company debuts with Charlottsville Opera as Musetta in La bohème, Florentine Opera and Opera Orlando as Gilda in Rigoletto, HALO (Holy City Arts and Lyric Opera) as Violetta in La traviata and joins the roster of the Metropolitan Opera covering Thibault in Don Carlos, and Meretaten in Akhnaten. In the fall of 2022, Ms. Jones makes her Opera Las Vegas debut in Telaio: Desdemona in the title role.
Ms. Jones also excels in the standard operatic repertoire. Recent performances included Musetta in La bohème with both Opera Idaho and Charlottesville Opera (COVID19 – rescheduled to summer 2021), reprising the role of Gilda in Rigoletto at both Florida Grand Opera (COVID19) and Florentine Opera (COVID19 – rescheduled to Fall 2021) and role and company debuts singing Elle in La voix humaine and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at Virginia Opera (COVID19). Also in demand as a concert artist, Ms. Jones recently joined the Idaho State Civic Symphony for their upcoming Tales from Opera and Literature as well as making recent debuts with Opera Southwest for their New Year’s Eve gala and Santa Fe Opera for their annual Holiday Concerts. In the summer of 2021, Ms. Jones will make her company and role debut as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with Amarillo Symphony.
Ms. Jones has performed many other notable roles include Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice, Musetta in La bohème, Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, Elvira in L'italiana in Algeri, Desdemona in Rossini’s Otello, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Corinna in Il Viaggio a Riems, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, The Governess in The Turn of the Screw, and Beatrice in Daniel Catán’s Il Postino, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte.
Ms. Jones has performed with Santa Fe Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Sarasota Opera, Nu Deco Ensemble, IlluminArts, American Lyric Theater, Utah Opera, Utah Symphony, Eugene Opera, Opera Idaho, Opera Saratoga, Painted Sky Opera, Opera in the Heights, Sugar Creek Symphony & Song, and Crested Butte Music Festival.
A veteran of the competition circuit, Ms. Jones was a district winner, audience favorite and regional finalist of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions and was the recipient of the Donald Gramm Memorial Award at Santa Fe Opera.
Ms. Jones has completed young artist residencies at Santa Fe Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Utah Opera and Opera Saratoga and holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston Moores School of Music.