Soprano Jessica Jane Jacobs has been praised by critics for her “warm”, “clear”, and “bejeweled” vocal tone along with her “affecting”, “strong”, and “honest” stage presence. Ms. Jacobs is becoming noticed for her abilities as a singing actress. Of her performance as Mimì in La Bohème one reviewer wrote, “Jacobs’s ability to respond organically to her cast mates puts her in a growing minority of opera singers who are able to fully integrate dramatic truthfulness with fine vocal delivery.” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer)
In the 2015-16 season, Ms. Jacobs sings Marguerite in Boston Opera Collaborative’s reinterpretation of Gounod’s Faust. In the 2014-15 season, she performed Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo with Boston Opera Collaborative and Mimì in La Bohème with NEMPAC Opera Project. Other recent highlights include Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with NEMPAC Opera Project, Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring with Boston Opera Collaborative, Miss Ellen in Lakmé with Lowell House Opera, Second Woman in Dido and Aeneas with Harvard Early Music Society, Violetta cover in La Traviata with FOPAC Opera, and Anna in The King and I with Calliope Productions.
Ms. Jacobs has spent two summers in Lucca, Italy with the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca, where she performed the roles of Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro and Norina in Don Pasquale. She returned to Italy in the summer of 2010 as a member of “i Solisiti di Spoleto” at CCM Spoleto’s inaugural season, where she performed scenes from Don Giovanni and Roméo et Juliette with full orchestra in the historic Teatro Nuovo. In the summers of 2012 and 2013, Ms. Jacobs sang with Sugar Creek Opera as an Apprentice Artist, singing the roles of Nella in Gianni Schicchi and covering the role of Love Simpson in Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree.
Ms. Jacobs has received an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Southeast Ohio District 2009). She placed second in the Just Love to Sing! Competition in NH (2012) and has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the Peter Elvins Competition (2012 and 2016), The 2016 Orpheus Vocal Competition, and Opera Theater Pittsburgh’s 2015 Mildred Miller International Voice Competition.
A graduate of Northwestern University (Bachelors of Music) and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Masters of Music and Artist Diploma), Ms. Jacobs has worked under the tutelage of many excellent musicians. At Northwestern, Ms. Jacobs’ operatic performance highlights included Esmeralda in The Bartered Bride and covering the role of Cecchina in Piccini’s opera La Cecchina. At CCM, she sang Lady with a Cake Box in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, Adele in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Alexis in Offenbach’s rarely performed gem L’île de Tulipatan, and a full role study of Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette.
Ms. Jacobs is equally comfortable on the concert stage. At Northwestern, she was chosen as one of the three vocalists for the performance of John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music, where the voices sit among the instruments and sing pitches on vowels only, as members of the wind ensemble. She also participated in a reading of Eric Whitacre’s opera Paradise Lost and as a soloist with the Northwestern Chamber Choir in works by Bach and Handel. Ms. Jacobs recently performed as soprano soloist in Honegger’s King David with The Master Singers of Worcester. She has performed works such as Vivaldi’s Gloria, Faure’s Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah in concert.
Ms. Jacobs currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her husband, Michael Tybursky, a trombonist, and their son Benjamin. She currently studies with Dr. Rebecca Folsom.