Jessica Muirhead

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"Muirhead is a star waiting to happen"
Antony Craig, Gramophone Magazine

"Jessica Muirhead’s Alice combined elegance and sexiness"
George Hall, The Guardian

"Her lovely voice, with a crystal clear, shimmering timbre, is smooth and even throughout its range and
backed by a solid technique and that intangible quality we call musicality"

Joseph So, Opera Canada

British-Canadian soprano Jessica Muirhead completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music from McGill University in Montreal, under the tutelage of Mrs. Lucile Villeneuve Evans. Since completing her studies in 2005, Jessica has been busy singing across Europe and North America. In March she received the George London Award for a Canadian Singer at the George London Foundation Competition in New York City, and was awarded the Grand Prize of the Concours de Chant in Toulouse, and 2nd Prize as well as the Audience Favourite award in the Francesco Viñas International Singing Competition in Barcelona. Jessica is also a Grand Prize winner of the Elora Festival Competition, Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs, and National Music Festival Competitions in Canada.

Jessica’s professional debut at the age of 24 as Pamina at the Vienna Volksoper, led to subsequent invitations for roles including Micaëla, Antonia, Agathe, and most recently Fiordiligi. Career highlights include performing Musetta in La Bohème at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich alongside star singers Anna Netrebko and Joseph Calleja, Marguerite in Faust and Mimi in La Bohème at the Semperoper Dresden, Alice in Falstaff with Glyndebourne on Tour in England, Vreli in A Village Romeo and Juliet with Wexford Festival Opera, Contessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlo in Lisbon, and Contessa Almaviva, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Micaëla in Carmen all at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, her hometown.

On the concert stage, Jessica has appeared with the Hamburger Symphoniker, the Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center, the Bayerischer Rundfunkorchester, the OFUNAM Symphonic Orchestra in Mexico City, the Flanders Symphony and l’Orchestre Chambre de Genève, among others, in repertoire including Brahms’ Requiem, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Fauré’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony & Missa Solemnis, Verdi’s Requiem, Berg’s Sieben Frühe Lieder, Britten’s War Requiem, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14, to name a few. Jessica can be found in a new recording released through Naxos and Musica Omnia of works by Julian Wachner, with whom she has also performed in recital in New York City.

Since August 2015 Jessica has been engaged as lead soprano at the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen, she has performed Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Violetta in La Traviata, Mimì in La Bohème, Marguerite in Faust, Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, and added the role of Katerina from Martinu’s The Greek Passion to her list of leading ladies. This season she looks forward to two more important role debuts: Elsa in Wagner’s Lohengrin, and Vitellia in Mozart’s Clemenza di Tito, as well as a debut at the Philharmonie in Essen. The 2016/2017 will end with a return to Welsh National Opera, as Mimì in La Bohème, which will also tour to Dubai.

Last updated: January 2017