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Jackson, Shelley - Soprano

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Jackson, ShelleySoprano
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Jackson, ShelleySoprano

Biography

Winner of second prize at the Maria Callas Grand Prix, American soprano Shelley Jackson is quickly establishing herself as a rising star on the international stage. In the past season Shelley has earned critical praise in a number of title roles debuts across Europe: Tosca at Malmö Opera, Anna Bolena at the Opéra de Lausanne, and Manon at the Salzburg Landestheater. She also sang Tatyana in Eugene Oneginat the Buxton International Festival, made her Mozartean debut as Donna Anna in Don Giovanniat the Salzburg Landestheater, returned to the Teatro Massimo Palermo for Rossinis Petite Messe Solonelle, and presented a solo recital with the Russian Chamber Arts Society in Washington DC.
 
In 2018 Shelley made her German debut as the title role in Anna Bolena at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. Other recent roles include her house and role debut as Mimì in La bohèmeat the Haus für Mozart in Salzburg conducted by Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, her house debut at the Teatro Massimo, Palermo as Micaëla in Calixto Bieitos production of Carmen, and her UK debut, also singing Micaëla, at the inaugural season at the Grange Festival, Mimì in La bohème at Dorset Opera, a return to the Grange Festival as Mary Crawford in Jonathan Doves Mansfield Park, and a concert of verismo repertoire with the Hamilton Philharmonic. She also returned to Santa Fe Opera as the Italian Singer in Capriccio, and to cover Juliette in Roméo et Juliette.
 
Shelley is a recent graduate of the International Opera Studio at the Opernhaus Zürich, where she made role debuts as Musetta in a new production of La bohèmeand Micaëla in Carmen, and the leading role of Song-Lian in the world premiere production of Rote Laterneby Christian Jost.
 
Shelley made an unscheduled debut on opening night of the 2014 season at Santa Fe Opera when, as a member of the apprentice program, she stepped in to sing the role of Norina in the new Laurent Pelly's production of Don Pasquale, and went on to sing additional performances to high acclaim. A graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, performances there included Violetta in La traviata, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin. Additional roles as a student include the title roles in Iolanta and Susannah, Adina in Lelisir damore, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Thérèse/Tirésias in Les mamelles de Tirésias.
 
Shelley has received an impressive number of honors and awards, including the Joan Sutherland Prize from the Veronica Dunne Competition, second place Maria Callas Grand Prix in Athens, the Dorothy Lincoln Smith, Giargiari Bel Canto and the Mario Lanza Competitions, third place in the Concours International de Chant Marmandais, and a grant from the Licia Albanese-Puccini and Liederkranz Foundations. She holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Temple University Boyer College of Music, and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. In addition, she spent two years of vocal study and role preparation with Mirella Freni at Centro Universale di Bel Canto (CUBEC) in Modena, Italy, where she won the Nicolai Ghiaurov Scholarship.