American Soprano Jessica Fishenfeld joins Palm Beach Opera for the 2015-2016 season as a Young Artist in residence, singing the roles of Frasquita (Carmen), Najade (Ariadne auf Naxos), and the family performance of Norina (Don Pasquale).
In spring 2015, she graduated with a Master of Music in Classical Voice/Opera from the Manhattan School of Music (MSM), where she studied under the tutelage of Edith Bers. She was recently chosen as a finalist in the 2015 Alan M. and Joan A. Taub Ades Vocal Competition, sang the title role in Lakmé at MSM with Thomas Muraco, and sang the role of Zerlina in both Kenneth Merrill’s production of Don Giovanni at MSM and Dona Vaughn’s masterclass “Don Giovanni: Love is a Battlefield” at the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Last summer, she was hailed for her “crystalline and pure” voice, “large vocal range,” and “spot on comedic timing” in the role of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with the Miami Music Festival. Other recent performances include Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Annina (La Traviata) with the Highlands Opera Studio, Musetta (cover) in La Bohème with the North Shore Music Festival, a principal role in the inaugural New York reading of 2wice Upon a Birthday at the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and a solo concert in Florence, Italy at the 2012 NYU Leadership Conference. She was chosen as an ‘AFE Winner’ in the 2011 Classical Singer Convention, and debuted a solo piece at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2010.
Ms. Fishenfeld received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Vocal Performance at NYU Steinhardt, where she performed the roles of Adele (Die Fledermaus), Thea (Fiorello!), Clara (The Light in the Piazza), and Jenny Hildebrand (Street Scene). Other productions include Hansel and Gretel (Dew Fairy, Gretel cover) at Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre, and Maestro Lorin Maazel’s 2011 Castleton Festival productions: Carmen in concert (with Denyce Graves), Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons), Porgy and Bess in concert, La Bohème, and L’enfant et les sortilèges.