Conductor: Catherine Larsen-Maguire
Soloist Tim Thorpe
Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra
Jessie Shulman - Mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Jessie Shulman is a first-year graduate student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studies voice with Kenneth Shaw. She holds a bachelor's degree from California State University Long Beach, where she studied with Timothy MacDougall. Upcoming engagements include Marcellina in CCM's production of Le nozze di Figaro. Jessie recently performed in Morning Star, a new work by Ricky Ian Gordon. This production was part of the Opera Fusion series between Cincinnati Opera and CCM. Jessie also sang Mrs. Hildebrand in CCM's November production of Street Scene. Ms. Shulman performed a variety of roles with the Bob Cole Conservatory Opera Institute; highlights include Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Nicklausse in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Annio in La clemenza di Tito, and Dorothée in Cendrillon. In the Opera Institute scenes program she sang Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Cenerentola in Cenerentola, Fidalma in Il Matrimonio Segreto, Mercédès in Carmen, and the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte. Last summer Ms. Shulman was awarded a scholarship to the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, where she sang under the baton of Maestro Gerrit Priessnitz (Wiener Volksoper) in the Operettenzauber concerts around Austria. She also had the pleasure of working with renowned soprano Barbara Bonney. Jessie won the Harold Heiberg Liedersänger Preis at the culmination of this six week program.
During the summer of 2010, Ms. Shulman attended the Aspen Music Festival and School. With the Aspen Opera Theater Center scenes program, she sang Annio in La clemenza di Tito and Dorabella in Così fan tutte. She also performed in the AOTC production of Corigliano's Ghosts of Versailles. Ms. Shulman was a featured soloist in the Rediscovered Beauty: Suppressed Composers concert series at California State University Long Beach in 2011, performing several lesser known works by Franz Schreker.
Her recent awards include the 2011 Howard Still Memorial Scholarship for Opera, and the 2010 Dramatic Allied Arts Guild Scholarship for Vocal Music. Jessie currently sings in the CCM Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Earl Rivers. She was also a member of the Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir for four years under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Talberg. She has performed works such as Bach's Messe in h moll, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Verdi’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.