Jessica Muirhead sings Puccini’s La Bohème in Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Plymouth, Southampton, and Dubai starting February 3, 2017. Performances run until the end of April. She also has more performances as Elsa in Lohengrin, Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Micaela in Carmen, and a role debut as Vitellia in Mozart’s Clemenza di Tito at the Aalto-Theater in Essen over the course of the 16/17 season. For information please visit
www.aalto-musiktheater.de

Jessica Muirhead sings Verdi’s Requiem in Vienna at the Musikverein on April 13th & 14th 2016. She also returns to Essen to sing Violetta in La Traviata, Katerina in the GreekPassion, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. For information please visit
www.aalto-musiktheater.de

Aalto Musiktheater Essen premieres a new production of Gounod’s Faust, starring Jessica Muirhead as Marguerite on January 30, 201, with more performances February 4, 7, 13, 17, 19, 21, and 25th, and again in March and April. For information please visit
www.aalto-musiktheater.de

Vienna Volksoper role debut as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. For more information please visit
www.volksoper.at

Welsh National Opera debut as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen. Performances September – November in Cardiff, Swansea, Llandudno, Oxford, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol and Southampton. For more information please visit
http://www.wno.org.uk/event/carmen

Tour of Beethoven’s 9th in Belgium with the Flanders Symphony: June 2014. For tickets and more information please visit: www.symfonieorkest.be

March 30th 2014 5pm, Trinity Wall Street, corner Broadway & Wall St. NYC;
Jessica will be the soprano soloist in Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony with NOVUS NY, conducted by Julian Wachner. For more information please visit http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/

April 7th 2014 2pm & 7:30pm, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 152 West 66th Street, NYC; Jessica will be performing Tavener’s Akhmatova Songs with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players. For more information please visit http://www.JupiterSymphony.com

November 3rd 2013, 7:30pm, Kennedy Center, Washington DC: 
Jessica will be performing the soprano solos in Britten’s War Requiem along with tenor Vale Rideout, baritone Christopher Burchett, conductor Julian Wachner, and the Washington Chorus as well as the Children’s Chorus of Washington. For tickets and information please go to: http://www.thewashingtonchorus.org/season/britten

October 3rd, 2013 1pm, Trinity Wall Street, corner Broadway and Wall Street, NYC: Jessica will be making her NYC recital debut as part of the Britten 100 series at Trinity Wall Street, with Grammy-nominated conductor/composer Julian Wachner in a special appearance at the piano. Songs by Britten, Berg and Dvorak are on the menu. Admission is free! For more information see: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-Muirhead-Soprano/210549405667486?ref=hl

July 26th 2013 7pm, Dorset Festival Opera, UK: Jessica will be making her role debut as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, under the baton of Philip Thomas, and directed by Sir Jonathan Miller. For tickets and more information see: http://www.dorsetopera.com/08/2013latraviata.shtml

June 2nd 2013 4pm, Montreal, Quebec: Jessica will appear in recital with Dr. Jan Krecjar at the piano. St. John’s United Church in Pointe-Claire. For further information:

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May 25th 2013 7:30pm, Hamilton, Ontario: Jessica will be performing Bach’s Magnificat and Cantata #84 with the Bach Elgar Choir. For tickets and further information please visit: http://www.bachelgar.com/magnificat-and-psalm 

Jessica will be appearing as Mimi in La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini at the Semperoper Dresden on February 4th at 19:00. For tickets and further information please visit: http://www.semperoper.de/oper/repertoire/spielzeit-201213/detailansicht/details/147/besetzung/8363.html

Tune in to BBC Radio3 on Thursday December 19th at 14:00 GMT to hear A Village Romeo and Juliet by Frederick Delius from the Wexford Festival Opera. Jessica Muirhead will be singing the role of Vreli alongside John Bellemer’s Sali, and David Stout as the Dark Fiddler, under Rory Macdonald’s baton.

Jessica Muirhead will be appearing as Mimi in La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini at the Semperoper Dresden on November 25th at 19:00. For tickets and further information please visit http://www.semperoper.de/oper/repertoire/spielzeit-201213/detailansicht/details/147/besetzung/8286.html

Jessica Muirhead will be appearing as Vreli in A Village Romeo and Juliet by Frederick Delius, as part of the 61st Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland. Performances are October 26th, 29th at 20:00, and November 1, 4 at 20:00. For tickets and further information please visit www.wexfordopera.com

http://www.derwesten.de/staedte/essen/jessica-muirhead-freut-sich-auf-eine-traumspielzeit-aimp-id11119074.html

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August 2014: Details of Jessica’s first appearance on a professional recording can be found here: Julian Wachner Symphony No. 1: Incantations and Lamentations

June 2014: Jessica gets a big surprise at the Monte Carlo Voice Masters Competition Finals! See her Facebook page for more details… Jessica Muirhead, Soprano

March 1, 2013: Jessica is pleased to have won the George London Award for a Canadian Singer at the George London Foundation competition in New York City!

September 8 2012: Jessica is pleased to have been awarded the Grand Prize for female voices at the 49e Concours International de Chant de Toulouse! More details: www.classictoulouse.com/opera-capitole-2012-2013-concours-de-chant2.html

Faust

Aalto-Musiktheater Essen 2016

“Jessica Muirhead als Gretchen lässt nicht nur die Töne in der berühmten Juwelenarie glitzern, sondern verleiht der tragischen Partie Farben und Zwischentöne, die berühren.”
Aalto Theater in Essen zeigt Gretchen im Märchenwald | WAZ.de – Lesen Sie mehr auf:

“Jessica Muirhead singt die Marguerite mit leuchtend-lyrischem Sopran. Sie trifft den Ton von naiver Koketterie, als sie Fausts Geschenke findet, eingeschnürt unterm Tannenbaum. Darunter ist ein Feenstab, mit dem sie sich einen Flitterregen herbeizaubert. Später trifft sie den Leidenston, in dem große Hingabe mitschwingt.”
Reviews of Carmen at Welsh National Opera Fall 2014
“With the casting of the excellent Jessica Muirhead as Micaëla, the clarity and intelligence of her delivery meant that this element of the story was for once properly balanced: the girl from home is more than a goody-two-shoes who holds up the action, she is honourable and, in her own way, fearless.”
“By far the best singing comes from Jessica Muirhead, especially stylish and charming in Micaëla’s Act 3 aria, but good also in the duet”
“In the supporting cast Jessica Muirhead as Micaela is wholly convincing as the virtuous village girl who loves Don Jose and sings beautifully of her love for the wretched soldier.”
“Most pleasing is soprano Jessica Muirhead as a beautifully voiced Micaëla, the good girl who tries to save the silly lad. She too needs a metaphorical good slap to realise she too is pursuing a lost cause but at least she survives to blush another day.”
“It was , however, Jessica Muirhead who most impressed overall with her affecting performance as Micaëla, including a heart rending ‘Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante’ in Act 3 (the marvellous horn section also deserve praise here).”
“The WNO’s production makes much of its Spanish setting, capturing the look of Goya’s paintings in an otherwise very simple, stripped back set (something of a hallmark in recent productions). A just-about-visibly pregnant Alessandra Volpe gives a great account of the eponymous anti-heroine, revelling in her brazen sensuality and in the role’s comic side, and Peter Wedd makes a convincingly befuddled “hero”, but for me the star of the show is Jessica Muirhead as Micaela.

The “good girl” role in many operas is a thankless one. Most of the time, they’re only there as a concession to the morality of the time in which the opera was written. It simply wouldn’t do to have the main characters cavorting about without at least one voice of moral guidance, and that’s the purpose Micaela serves in Carmen, but where she’s allowed to soar is in her Act 3 aria, “Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante”. Now, “sublime” isn’t a word I use casually, but it really is the only way to describe Muirhead’s performance. Her voice is crystal clear, reminding me of the amazing Gundula Janowitz, and earned the soprano some well-deserved “Bravos” and a standing ovation from many in the audience.”

http://aforestofbeasts.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/big-fat-gypsy-opera-wnos-carmen/

 

A Village Romeo and Juliet
Wexford Festival Opera 2012
Reviews

“John Bellemer and Jessica Muirhead are ideal as the lovers, well-matched, starkly convincing. Muirhead is a star waiting to happen: she understudied Miah Persson as the Governess at Glyndebourne but her break didn’t come. Here she takes the breath away, hitting her fearsome top notes with a seemingly effortless ease and gorgeous tone, revelling in Delius’s challenging vocal line. But always it is within the context of the emotional turmoil that lies at the heart of the work and of her deeply moving interpretation. Muirhead has penetrated the soul of Vreli and her moving, very special performance, was alone worth the journey…For me this was the single most moving performance I’ve seen all year. Overall, a fabulous rendering of an opera which, difficult though it may be to realise, deserves a place at high table. And, in Jessica Muirhead, the discovery of a thrilling soprano talent.”
Antony Craig, Gramophone Magazine

“As the ambulant lovers, John Bellemer occasionally sounds tight of voice, but he is appealingly sincere, while Jessica Muirhead’s gleaming ecstatic soprano suggests lyric-Wagnerian promise”
Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times

“The cast was led with sweetness of tone and proto-Wagnerian heft by the soprano Jessica Muirhead and tenor John Bellemer.”
John Allison, The Telegraph

“Stars des Abends sind Jessica Muirhead und John Bellemer als Vreli und Sali. Beide Interpreten konnten dank des Sponsorship – Programms der Freunde und Unterstützer des Wexford Festivals für die Partien gewonnen werden. Muirhead begeistert mit mädchenhaftem Spiel und lyrischem Sopran.”
Thomas Molke, Online Musik Magazin

“John Bellemer’s Sali and Jessica Muirhead’s Vreli rise to the quasi-Wagnerian challenges of the title roles.”
George Hall, The Stage.co.uk

“As the lovers, John Bellemer as Sali and Jessica Muirhead as Vreli, give a committed and moving performance. Director Stephen Medcalf and designer Jamie Vartan have devised an extraordinary visual effect to Delius’s ecstatic final chords… On the first night this climax was so amazing that it left the audience momentarily too stunned to applaud.”
Claire Colvin, Sunday Express

“Le metteur-en-scène Stephen Medcalf a raconté l’histoire de Sali et Vreli de manière directe et sobre. Il a su créer l’atmosphère juste et l’émotion sincère et donner à l’opéra une force dramatique inattendue grâce aussi à l’interprétation de Sali et Vreli par John Bellemer et Jessica Muirhead, très crédibles en jeunes amoureux et chantant avec des voix fraiches et expressives.”
Erna Metdeppenighen, Forum Opera

“Soprano Jessica Muirhead was a radiant and wholehearted Vreli, John Bellemer an impassioned Sali and David Stout imposing in stage presence and voice as the Dark Fiddler. Rory Macdonald’s conducting let Delius’s subtlety and radiance win the day.”
Jessica Duchen, The Independent

“John Bellemer and Jessica Muirhead are an unflaggingly committed pair of lovers,”
Martin Kettle, The Guardian

“As Sali and Vreli, John Bellemer and Jessica Muirhead were unfailingly sympathetic. Bellemer brought just the right touch of impetuousness to the role, his buoyant tenor conveying the optimism and conviction of the young lover, while Muirhead’s clear ringing soprano combined burgeoning ardour with eloquent innocence.”
Claire Seymour, Opera Today

“Jessica Muirhead’s Vreli radiates purity,”
Michael Dervan, Irish Times

“A Village Romeo and Juliet de Delius, connu seulement sous forme de poème symphonique, mis en scène dans un décor minimaliste et interprété avec conviction par de splendides jeunes chanteurs qui incarnaient parfaitement le rôle des jeunes villageois, a été une véritable révélation.”
Sylvia L’Ecuyer, Le Miracle Wexford, Espace Music

“A row over ownership of a field erupts between the fathers of the girl and boy – compellingly acted and sung throughout by English soprano Jessica Muirhead and American tenor John Bellemer – and leads to a doomed scenario more reminiscent of Tristan and Isolde than Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. Delius even contrived his very own “Liebestod” scene as the lovers pull the plug on their boat.”
Dick O’Riordan, Sunday Business Post Magazine

“John Bellemer and the terrific Jessica Muirhead convince as star crossed lovers”
Tom Mooney, Wexford Echo

“There is a Salome-style problem with the role of Vreli – you need a teenager with the voice of Isolde – and Jessica Muirhead filled the bill admirably, with a strong but never ungainly tone fully capable of riding the orchestra in a lovely interpretation”.
OPERA magazine

RECITAL: Jessica Muirhead,
Wexford Festival, November 3rd 2012

“(Jessica Muirhead) began very strongly with “Depuis le jour”, sung in lovely, expressive French. Muirhead has a beautifully trained lyric voice with a bit of metal behind it. In a beautiful set of Grieg songs, she expressed quiet radiance and seriousness of purpose. There are moments when she seems cool and overcontrolled, but her musicianship and intelligence eventually win you over.”
Brian Kellow, Opera News

Micaëla, Carmen
Canadian Opera Company, Toronto 2010

“Canadian soprano Jessica Muirhead is the best Micaela vocally I have heard in many years – brava!”
Joseph So, La Scena Musicale

“Jessica Muirhead, a Canadian soprano enjoying much success in Europe, followed the current trend toward determined rather than compliant interpretations of Micaela, the country girl whose messages from home torment Don Jose almost as much as Carmen’s sultry glances. Her aria, fresh and clarion, was a highlight.”
Arthur Kaptainis, National Post

“One more terrific singer in the cast is mellower-voiced soprano Jessica Muirhead, a company regular, ideally cast as Micaëla, the sole voice of sanity and rectitude.”
John Terauds, Toronto Star

“Perhaps it wouldn’t be so easy to get distracted if leading lady [Carmen] were as lovely to watch as her foil, Jessica Muirhead as Micaëla…Don José was better paired with the supporting ingénue, both of whom stole the audience’s hearts…The only character who competes with him [Don Jose] for our affections is Micaëla. Jessica Muirhead wins us with the sincerity and warmth of her portrayal, not to mention her glistening vocals. Her deliveries are subtle. She’s like shooting Liquid Cocaine – so sweet, you don’t notice it overpowering you.”
Roselyn Kelada-Sedra, Plank Magazine

“Carmen is obviously meant to be the star of the show but Jessica Muirhead, who played the sweet and innocent Micaela, shone the brightest with a clear and elegant voice.” Marissa Bronfman, The Huffington Post

“As Micaëla, the opera’s good girl, Jessica Muirhead sings with great beauty but her natural poise makes her seem less like a country girl than an aristocrat in disguise.”
Christopher Hoile, Eye Weekly

“…the spotlight was on Hymel, and soprano Jessica Muirhead, who played Micaela… Muirhead blew the crowd away with her beautiful voice which was well suited to the sweet, innocent Micaela, caught between the dominating and ruthless personalities of Carmen and Don Jose.”
Ming Ming Ly, The Strand

“Canadian soprano Jessica Muirhead was a persuasive and touching Micaela.”
Ken Winters, Globe and Mail.

“Jessica Muirhead’s innocent Micaëla, angel to Carmen’s devil, sings sweetly and lends an inner radiance to what can be a stolid role”
Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine

“Homegrown soprano Jessica Muirhead of Aurora, Ont. was a darling as the innocent and faithful Micaëla”
L.H. Tiffany Hseih, La Scena Musicale

“Jessica Muirhead is a fine Micaëla. The role is an ideal fit for her voice and looks.”
Michael Johnson, Concertonet.com

“Miss Jessica Muirhead who sang the role of the thankless Micaela stunned the entire audience with her command performance. If others were thinking the thoughts of COMMANDOpera, it would have been; ‘what is she doing here??’ Miss Muirhead was that good.”
Crewmantle, Commandopera.com

Marguerite, Faust
Semperoper Dresden, 2011

“In Dresden performances of Faust, Marguerite is experienced Canadian Soprano Jessica Muirhead, possessing a full, dark, and moving soprano with a wide range of expression.”
Operaplus.cz

Contessa, Le Nozze di Figaro
Teatro São Carlos, Lisbon 2010

“… la Comtesse écorchée vive de Jessica Muirhead, dont certaine sonorities fixes rappellent la jeune Anderson”
François Lesueur, concertclassic.com Les Nozze di Figaro au Teatro Nacional de São Carlos

Soloist, Sieben Frühen Lieder
Hamburger Symphoniker, 2009

“Solisten Jessica Muirhead glänste som en väl integrerad del av orkestern – en röst med potential.”
Staffan Storm, Sydvenskan

Gabriel, Die Schöpfung
L’Orchestre Chambre de Genève, 2009

“La soprano Jessica Muirhead (l’Archange Gabriel) développe un très joli timbre et phrasé et négocie finement ses vocalises.”
Le Temps, La Création

“Les voix des solistes – Jessica Muirhead est une soprane admirable – traversaient la nef immense.”
Tribune de Geneve, Die Schöpfung

Alice, Falstaff
Glyndebourne On Tour, 2009

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

“But its assets are several: Jessica Muirhead’s prim, playful Alice”
Kieron Quirke, London Evening Standard

“Jessica Muirhead was outstanding as Alice Ford”
Carolyn English, Milton Keynes Citizen

Donna Anna, Don Giovanni
Canadian Opera Company, 2008

“The most beautiful singing of the evening came from Jessica Muirhead as Donna Anna, with “Or sai chi l’onore” her most electrifying moment.”
Christopher Hoile, Opera News

“Soprano Jessica Muirhead’s Donna Anna is beautifully sung”
John Terauds, Toronto Star

“The rest of the cast is solid, with soaring-voice soprano Jessica Muirhead as Donna Anna being a stand-out.”
Paula Citron, Classical 96.3FM

Contessa, Le Nozze di Figaro
Canadian Opera Company 2007

“Muirhead’s creamy mezzo and careful phrasing were a pleasure”
John Terauds, Toronto Star

“Jessica Muirhead offered an appealing sketch of the Countess…. Her fine rich soprano bloomed beautifully at the moment when the Countess forgives her proud, selfish husband – for me, the evening’s most moving episode.”
Robert Everett-Green, Globe and Mail

“La forte personnalité de Jessica Muirhead donne beaucoup d’intensité à sa caractérisation de la Comtesse. Il faut noter un jeu très réussi, une superbe ligne de chant, une bonne projection et un grand respect des nuances. Rarement a-t-on pu entendre un «Porgi, amor» et surtout un «Dove sono» aux déchirements aussi bien articulés.”                  Real Boucher, Forum Opéra: Le Magazine de l’Opéra et du Monde Lyrique, Amour etlutte de classes

Four Seasons Centre Inaugural Concerts
Four Seasons Centre, Canadian Opera Company 2006

“The singers in the famous sextet from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor were all clear and audible and the remarkable young soprano, Jessica Muirhead, was outstanding, topping the six (which, as Lucia, she should do) yet also blending in with flawless musicality”
Ken Winters, Globe and Mail

Donna Anna, Don Giovanni
Stadttheater Klagenfurt 2006

“Absolutely convincing were the female vocal performances of Jessica Muirhead as passionate Donna Anna and Arpiné Rahdjian as powerful Donna Elvira.”
Kaernten.ORF.at

“The quality of the singer ensemble was high, above all the standouts were the ladies: Arpiné Rahdjian as Donna Elvira with great power, Jessica Muirhead as coloratura secure, profound Donna Anna and Daniela Fally as charming Zerlina.”
Helmut Christian, Kleine Zeitung, Don Giovanni