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Jessica Jones

  • Soprano


This season Jessica Jones will appear with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel in a performance of Ravel’s L’enfent et les sortileges, as the Countess in Seattle Opera’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro, and as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte with the Madison Opera. In the 2007/8 season, she made her Seattle Symphony debut under Gerard Schwarz with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and a Bach Cantata. The 2006/7 season was highlighted by Jessica Jones’ role debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni which also marked her company debut at Opera Pacific. She returned to the New York Philharmonic in performances of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortileges under Music Director Lorin Maazel.She sang Tatiana’s Letter Scene from Yevgeny Onegin with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Florida Philharmonic and a concert of arias and duets with the Reading (PA) Symphony. She began the 2005/6 season with her debut at the Lanaudiere Festival in a program of Dvorak songs, and she appeared with the Alabama Symphony in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. During the 2005/6 season, Ms. Jones made her debut at Tulsa Opera in her first performances of Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust.She also made her debut with Seattle Opera reprising her acclaimed Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte.Her operatic season concluded with a return to Houston Grand Opera as Micaela in Carmen conducted by Sebastian Lang-Lessing.


Ms. Jones made her Chicago Symphony debut under Lorin Maazel in Aaron Kernis’s Simple Songs, which she later sang with the New York Philharmonic under Maestro Maazel on a program featuring Mahler’s Second Symphony.She debuted with the San Francisco Symphony in Britten’s Les Illuminations under Yan-Pascal Tortelier and returned to the Baltimore Symphony for Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony under Emmanuel Krivine.She debuted with the San Diego Symphony in Strauss’s Four Last Songs and returned to the Houston Ballet in Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder.She also performed with the Netherlands Philharmonic on the Concertgebouw stage in a concert of opera arias.


Jessica Jones began an association with the Marilyn Horne Foundation with her New York recital debut at the Kosciusko Foundation in March 2004.During the 2004/5 season, she appeared in recital at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater under the auspices of the Vocal Arts Society and at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford through the Foundation.This relationship culminated in the Foundation’s annual series of concerts at Weill Recital Hall in New York in January 2005.


Jessica Jones appeared at the Aspen Music Festival as Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites conducted by James Conlon and made her Utah Opera debut as Love Simpson in Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree.Other appearances have included her debuts with the Baltimore Symphony with Jakov Kreizberg conducting, the New York Philharmonic under Christoph Eschenbach performing Duparc Songs, the Messiah with the Detroit Symphony and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Hollywood Bowl and the Pittsburgh Symphony under John Mauceri. For her debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, she sang Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 Lobgesang under Robert Spano.Her Carnegie Hall debut came with the New York Youth Symphony in music of Mozart and Richard Strauss.She collaborated with the New York City Ballet in a program of Strauss orchestral songs. She also returned to the Houston Symphony Orchestra for performances of Kodaly’s Te Deum under Hans Graf and sang excerpts from Beethoven’s Leonore conducted by McGegan with thePhilharmonia Baroque.


Jessica Jones is a graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.With Houston Grand Opera, she has sung Micaela in Carmen and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte.Other roles there have included Myrtis in the world premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree.She created the role of Natasha Rogozhinskaya in Tod Machover’s Resurrection (now available on recording) and sang La Musica/Proserpina in Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Mrs. Anderssen in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.


Jessica Jones sang Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Wolf Trap Festival Opera while appearing there in recital and in concert with the National Symphony Orchestra.Other engagements included the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with Spokane Opera and Fiordiligi with Aspen Festival Opera.


Her roles at Curtis Institute of Music included Elettra in Idomeneo, the Female Chorus in Rape of Lucretia and the title role of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.She also attended the New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School of Music.


Jessica Jones has been the recipient of numerous prizes, including a 2000 Sullivan Foundation Grant, First Place in the 1998 Jenny Lind Competition, which resulted in a recital tour of Sweden and the Opera Birmingham Competition the same year.She was the recipient of the Lotte Lehmann Fellowship at the Music Academy of the West and was also a participant in the Britten-Pears School in England, the ensemble of the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival.