Jessica Harper graduated with First Class Honours in Classical Singing from the ANU School of music. 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. She is thrilled to be the recipient of the Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship with the Melba Opera Trust for 2018, and is a founding board member of the Apollo Opera Collective.
Operatic roles include the title role in Miss Brill (Australian 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). Jess was also the standby soprano for Emma Matthews in MELBA A New Musical (2017).
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 has also appeared with the Omega Ensemble in The Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of the Resonate series, and regional NSW.
Recent successes in the Australian competition circuit include Jess named winner in the inaugural Limestone Coast Opera Lucca Competition (2018), ‘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) and the inaugural Sydney Song Prize Competition. Jess was the Reserve Finalist for the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation Bel Canto Award (2017). This year Jess was also a Semi-Finalist for the German Australian Opera Grant and 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), and a Finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod Joan Sutherland Senior Memorial Vocal Scholarship (2015).
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