Jessica Jane Jacobs


"As Mimì, soprano Jessica Jacobs gave the production its soul. Her sensitive portrayal of Puccini’s 'O Soave Fanciulla' was utterly guileless and charming in its simplicity, her acting honest and affecting… her portamenti were seamlessly executed, and her crescendi were, at times, thrilling. A certain otherworldly quality to Jacobs’s sound made the final scene of the opera all the more haunting, as Mimì takes leave of this life and her loved ones."
— The Boston Musical Intelligencer

"Jessica Jacobs brought a warm soprano to Armida. She could chew up the scenery when needed, but was affecting as well when heartbroken over Rinaldo’s rejection." — Boston Classical Review

"This is Jacobs' initial appearance at Calliope, and hopefully the first of many to come. She is absolutely luminous in the role, full of steely compassion and resolve. When she meets the King's wives, she tells them about her late husband Tom, leading up to her gorgeous rendition of 'Hello, Young Lovers.”
— Worcester Telegram and Gazette


Lyric Soprano, Jessica Jane Jacobs has been praised by critics for her “warm” and “radiant” voice along with her “affecting” and “strong” stage presence, with an “expressive face, ever interesting to watch.” Ms. Jacobs is becoming noticed for her abilities as a singing actress. Of her performance as Mimì in La Bohème one reviewer wrote, "Jacobs’s ability to respond organically to her cast mates puts her in a growing minority of opera singers who are able to fully integrate dramatic truthfulness with fine vocal delivery." (The Boston Musical Intelligencer) In the 2017-18 season, Ms. Jacobs makes her company debut with Long Island Opera as Mimì in La Bohème, as well as a role and company debut as Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow with Worcester Schubertiade.

In the 2016-17 season, Ms. Jacobs sang in the Ensemble for all three operas in The Ouroboros Triogy produced by Beth Morrison Projects, returned to Boston Opera Collaborative to sing the Soprano in Tom Cipullo’s The Husbands and Magda in La Rondine. She was also a featured soloist with Symphony Nova in Boston, singing Copland’s As it fell upon a day and Karl Weigl’s Five Songs for Soprano and String Quartet.

In the 2015-16 season, Ms. Jacobs sang Marguerite Faust and Ilia in Idomeneo with Boston Opera Collaborative, and Rosasharn Joad in The Grapes of Wrath with Sugar Creek Opera. In the 2014-15 season, she performed Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo with Boston Opera Collaborative and Mimì in La Bohème with NEMPAC Opera Project. Other recent highlights include Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with NEMPAC Opera Project, Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring with Boston Opera Collaborative, Miss Ellen in Lakmé with Lowell House Opera, Second Woman in Dido and Aeneas with Harvard Early Music Society, Violetta cover in La Traviata with FOPAC Opera, Micaëla cover in Carmen with Metrowest Opera, and Anna in The King and I with Calliope Productions.

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 Le Nozze di Figaro and Norina in 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 scenes from Don Giovanni and Roméo et Juliette with full orchestra in the historic Teatro Nuovo. In the summers of 2012 and 2013, Ms. Jacobs sang with Sugar Creek Opera as an Apprentice Artist, singing the roles of Nella in Gianni Schicchi and covering the role of Love Simpson in Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree.

Ms. Jacobs has received an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Southeast Ohio District 2009). She has won Second Place in the Just Love to Sing! Competition in NH (2012) and The Peter Elvins Competition (2016), the Bel Canto Award in The Orpheus Vocal Competition (2016), and was a Semi-Finalist in Opera Theater Pittsburgh’s 2015 Mildred Miller International Voice Competition.

Ms. Jacobs is a graduate of Northwestern University (Bachelors of Music) and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Masters of Music and Artist Diploma). She currently resides in Boston and studies with Dr. Rebecca Folsom.

Faust et Marguerite [90 minute adaption of Gounod's Faust]
Boston Opera Collaborative — Boston, MA
January 16, 21, and 23 at 8pm

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