“It fills me with excitement and wonder to continue down this challenging and rewarding path, constantly striving to communicate with and inspire as many people as possible along the way in the best way I know how.”
American Soprano Jessica Fishenfeld, known for her “dramatic” and “refined” voice (Palm Beach ArtsPaper), with “soaring, glittering high notes and nice, easily audible chest tones” (EDGEftlauderdale) and “sensitive” performances (Opera Canada Magazine), is a recipient of the 2017 Career Bridges Encouragement Grant. She recently completed her final season as a Young Artist in residence with Palm Beach Opera, where she was granted successful performances of Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance family performance) and Norina (Don Pasquale family performance); she received praise for her “lovely rounded tones…delicious as Najade” (Palm Beach ArtsPaper) in Ariadne auf Naxos, “scintillating” performances (South Florida Classical Review) of Frasquita (Carmen), a “tender and demure” (Palm Beach ArtsPaper) Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), and also covered the role of Gilda (Rigoletto). She closed the season singing Lydia Douce in the world premiere of Victoria Bond’s Sirens (2017 Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival) followed by concerts with the Newport Music Festival, and begins the 2017-18 season singing Musetta (La Bohème) with Opera at the Madison and May Fielding (Il Grillo del Focolare) with Teatro Grattacielo. Later this season, she will be featured in concert with the Orquesta Filarmonía in Xalapa, Mexico, and will sing the role of Kim in the premiere staging of Eric Salzman’s Big Jim & the Small-Time Investors at Symphony Space.
Other recent credits include concerts with the Center for Contemporary Opera and the Music for Montauk festival, Frasquita with Long Island Opera, 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, where she also performed the role excerpts of Zerlina (Don Giovanni) in Dona Vaughn’s “Don Giovanni: Love is a Battlefield.” In 2014, 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.
On the concert stage, Fishenfeld was featured as soloist in the world premiere of Byron Wu’s Kyrie at Weill Recital Hall/Carnegie Hall, in concert in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio as a guest of (then) Florentine mayor, Matteo Renzi for the 2012 NYU Leadership Conference, and as soloist for the 2011 Classical Singer Convention finals concert. A recent graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, she was chosen as a finalist in the school’s 2015 Ades Vocal Competition, sang the title role in Lakmé, and performed the role of Zerlina in Kenneth Merrill’s production of Don Giovanni.
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 favorite 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), Mandelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons), Porgy and Bess in concert, La Bohème, L’enfant et les sortilèges, and Susanna in scenes from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.