Jessica Harper graduated with First Class Honours in Classical Singing from the ANU School of music. Equally at home in all aspects of classical performance, she has been broadcast as a concert soloist and recitalist on both ABC Classic FM and 2MBS Fine Music FM, and has toured NSW, the ACT and SA as a recital performer. Jess completed her second year as a Young Artist with Pacific Opera in 2015.
Operatic roles include Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Casilda (The Gondoliers), Lisa (La Sonnamula) Pamina and First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Mrs Norris (Mansfield Park – Australian Premier), La Zelatrice and Prima Sorella Cercatrice (Suor Angelica), Frantik, Chocholka and the Inkeeper’s Wife (The Cunning Little Vixen), Mrs Gobineau (The Medium), The Ice-cream Maker (Brundibar), Denise (Love by Lanternlight), Emmie (Albert Herring) and Second Witch (Dido and Aneas). Jess has also covered the role of Amina in La Sonnambula.
Jess has worked with many celebrated conductors including Roland Peelman, Alexander Briger and Simon Kenway. She has also worked with many teachers, coaches and directors in production, studio, workshop and Masterclass settings in Australia, Europe and the UK. These include Andrew Dalton, David Harper, Nicole Dorigo, Marie-Claire Szekely, Sharolyn Kimmorley AM, Cheryl Barker AO, Peter Coleman-Wright AO, Amelia Farruggia, Yvonne Kenny AM, Christine Douglass, Tama Matheson, Chuck Hudson, Glenn Winslade, Anthony Legge, Gale Edwards, Fiona Janes, Lorina Gore, Sona Ghazarian, Merlyn Quaife, Bradley Gilchrist, Tessa Bremner, Susan Roper, Knut Schoch, Stephen Delaney and Tanya Aspelmeier.
Concert engagements have included singing as the soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah, and Eternal Source of Light Divine, Vivaldi’s Gloria and for Bach’s St John Passion. Jess also sang with the Omega Ensemble during their regional NSW tour in 2013. Jess currently sings soprano with The Consort of St Jude, under the musical direction of Bradley Gilchrist.
Recent successes in the Australian competition circuit include Jess named ‘Runner Up’ for the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship (2017) and Herald Sun Aria (2016), and winner of the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera and Arts Support Group Scholarship (2017). She was also awarded the Runner Up Prize in the Fine Music FM Young Virtuosi Award State Final (2017). Jess is thrilled to be a finalist in the inaugural Sydney Song Prize Competition and the Reserve Finalist for the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation Bel Canto Award. This year Jess was also a Semi-Finalist for the German Australian Opera Grant. She also won the Wollongong Eisteddfod and Shoalhaven Eisteddfod Aria competitions respectively (2017). Other accolades of 2016 include Jess coming Runner Up in Herald Sun aria, and winning the prize for best German language Song or Aria in the Sydney Eisteddfod.
Past wins include Jess’ success in the Patricia Fagan Operatic Aria at the Cowra Eisteddfod (2015). Jess has also been a Semi Finalist for the IFAC Australian Singing Competition (2014), a Semi Finalist in the Fine Music FM Young Virtuosi Award (2015), a Finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod Joan Sutherland Senior Memorial Vocal Scholarship (2015) and winner of the Patricia Fagan Operatic Aria at the Cowra Eisteddfod (2015).
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