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 in Don Giovanni, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Casilda and Tessa in The Gondoliers, Pamina and First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Mrs Norris in the Australian Premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park, La Zelatrice and Prima Sorella Cercatrice in Suor Angelica, Frantik, Chocholka and the Inkeeper’s Wife in The Cunning Little Vixen, Mrs Gobineau in The Medium, The Ice-cream Maker in Brundibar, Denise in Love by Lanternlight, Emmie in Albert Herring and Second Witch in Dido and Aneas. Jess has also covered the roles of Amina and Lisa in La Sonnambula.
She has worked with many celebrated conductors including Roland Peelman, Alexander Briger and Simon Kenway. Jess 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, Sharolyn Kimmorley AM, Cheryl Barker AO, Peter Coleman-Wright AO, Amelia Farruggia, Yvonne Kenny AM, Christine Douglass, Chuck Hudson, Anthony Legge, Gale Edwards, Fiona Janes, Lorina Gore, Sona Ghazarian, Merlyn Quaife, 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.
Recent successes in the Australian competition circuit in 2016 include Jess’ selection as a finalist for the Herald Sun Aria; one of Australia’s most prestigious competitions for emerging opera singers. Jess will perform in the final in late October. Other accolades of 2016 include Jess coming runner up in the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Awards (winning the Arete Zantiotis Award), and being selected as a Semi Finalist in the Sydney Esiteddfod Opera Scholarship. She was also awarded the prize for best German language Song or Aria. In past years Jess has 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 winning the Patricia Fagan Operatic Aria at the Cowra Eisteddfod in the same year.
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