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Jessica Aszodi

Soprano

Australian vocalist Jessica Aszodi is a performer of notated and improvised music, an educator, curator and researcher in music that challenges the status quo. In her genre-bounding career Jessica has premiered over 70 new pieces of notated music, performed works that have lain dormant for centuries, sung a dozen roles from the standard operatic repertoire and collaborated with a constellation of artists from the far reaches of the musical palate. The New York Times has praised her ‘virtuosic whimsy’, while the Australian media calls her simply ‘one of the finest actress-singers in the country’ (The Age).

Jessica has performed with ensembles as diverse as ICE, the Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney symphony orchestras and Victorian Opera, in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella series, with Bang on a Can, the San Diego and Chicago symphony orchestras (Chamber series), Pinchgut Opera, Wild Up and the Sydney Chamber Opera. Jessica has been a soloist on recording for Chandos, Ars Publica and Cajid, and has sung in festivals around Australia and the world, including the Vivid Sydney and Melbourne festivals, Tectonics, and the Aldeburgh and Tanglewood festivals. She has been nominated for Greenroom awards as ‘best female operatic performer’ in both the leading and supporting categories.

Jessica, who is based in Chicago, holds degrees from the University of California and the Victorian College of the Arts and is a current doctoral candidate at Griffith University.