Australian Soprano Jessica Harper graduated with First Class Honours in Classical Singing from the Australian National University School of music. She has been broadcast as a concert soloist and recitalist on several national radio stations, and has toured much of Australia as a recital performer. Jessica is a founding board member of the Apollo Opera Collective and was the inaugural Artist in Residence at St Andrew’s College, Sydney University, in 2018. Jessica’s honours thesis Synaesthesia and the Creative Process was published in 2013 after peer review.
Operatic stage experience includes creating the title role in Miss Brill (World Premier), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Casilda (The Gondoliers), Lisa (La Sonnamula) and Pamina (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) and Emmie (Albert Herring). Jessica was also the standby soprano for Emma Matthews in MELBA A New Musical (2017), and ‘jumped in’ for two performances.
Jessica was the recipient of the Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship with the Melba Opera Trust for 2018, and completed her second year as a Young Artist with Pacific Opera in 2015. Jessica attended the Accademia del Bel Canto Rodolfo Celletti in Martina Franca, Italy (2018), and was the winner of the Opera Foundation for young Australians Dalwood-Wylie AIMS Graz Award and AIMS Sundell Study Award for 2019.
Internationally Jessica has represented Australia in several prestigious competitions. Of most note is the Glyndebourne Opera Cup (Lewes, 2020) as a semi finalist, and the 58th Tenor Viñas International Singing Competition (Barcelona, 2021) also as a semi finalist. Jessica is one of only two Australians to have progressed this far in the Viñas Competitions’ six decades of history, and is the only Australian to have competed at the Glyndebourne Opera Cup since its inception. Jessica has also been a semi finalist in the Royal Overseas League Singers Prize (London, 2020), a finalist in the AIMS in Graz Meistersinger Competition (Graz, 2019) and the Schloss Rheinsberg Competition (Berlin, 2020), as well as a Semi Finalist in the 4th International Adam Didur Opera Singer’s Competition in Katowice, Poland (2019), and other competitions in Italy, Germany and the UK.
Jessica looks forward to representing Australia in the Semi Finals of the Bolko von Hochberg Lieder Competition (Görlitz, Germany – delayed to 2022), and as a Semi Finalist (and, again, the only Australian competitor to date) in the IV Éva Marton International Singing Competition (Budapest, Hungary – August 2021).
Past successes in the Australian competition circuit include Jessica winning the Inaugural Limestone Coast Opera Lucca Competition (2018), Sydney Eisteddfod Opera and Arts Support Group Scholarship (2017), and the Wollongong (2017), Shoalhaven (2017) and Cowra (2015) Eisteddfodau Operatic Aria Championships. Jessica was Runner Up and winner of the Audience Choice Award for the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship (2017), Runner Up for the Herald Sun Aria (2016), and has been a Finalist in the Acclaim Awards Italian Opera Fellowship (2018) and the Opera Foundation for Young Australians Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship (2018). Jessica was also selected as one of three singers to partake in a Masterclass with Dame Emma Kirkby as part of the Sydney Opera House Awards (2017).
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