American Soprano Jessica Fishenfeld returns to Palm Beach Opera for the 2016-17 Season as a Young Artist in residence, singing the roles of Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance family performance), Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), and covering Gilda (Rigoletto). To start the season, she makes her Long Island Opera debut as Frasquita (Carmen), and appears in concert with the Music for Montauk Festival and the Center for Contemporary Opera. Praised for her “lovely rounded tones…delicious as Najade” (Palm Beach ArtsPaper) and performances that have been called “scintillating” (South Florida Classical Review) and “sensitive” (Opera Canada Magazine), last season she was heard as Frasquita, Najade (Ariadne auf Naxos), and Norina (Don Pasquale family performance).
Other recent credits 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, 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 (where she studied with Edith Bers), she was chosen as a finalist in the school’s 2015 Ades Vocal Competition, sang the title role in Lakmé under the baton of Thomas Muraco, 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.