Soprano Jessica Jane Jacobs is a graduate of Northwestern University (Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance) and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and Artist Diploma in Opera). Throughout her training, she has had the privilege of working with many of the best musicians in the field. At Northwestern, Ms. Jacobs’ operatic performance highlights included Esmeralda in The Bartered Bride and covering the role of Cecchina in Piccini’s opera La Cecchina. At CCM, she performed as Lady with a Cake Box in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, Adele in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Alexis in Offenbach’s rarely performed gem, L’île de Tulipatan, Juliette in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, and in an evening of scenes from the operas of Carlisle Floyd, coached by the composer himself.
Ms. Jacobs has spent two summers in Lucca, Italy with the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca, where she performed the roles of Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. She returned to Italy in the summer of 2010 as a member of “i Solisiti di Spoleto” at CCM Spoleto’s inaugural season, where she performed opera scenes from Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann with full orchestra in the historic Teatro Nuovo.
Jessica is equally comfortable on the concert stage. At Northwestern, she was chosen as one of the three vocalists for the performance of John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music, where the voices sit among the instruments and sing pitches on vowels only, as members of the wind ensemble. In addition to school ensembles, Jessica has sung as a soloist with The Master Singers of Worcester and Westwood First Presbyterian Chancel Choir.
Jessica currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her husband, Michael, a trombonist. She continues to perform opera, musical theater, and concert work throughout the Boston area and is very excited to be teaching the awesome students of Jammin' With You!