Mezzo-soprano Kate Jackman is a multifaceted musician and actress who excels in both concert and operatic repertoire. In the 2012 Tanglewood Music Center Festival of Contemporary Music, Kate, “winningly wily and dauntless, and in good voice” (David Wright, Boston Classical Review), performed the lead role in Oliver Knussen’s Higglety Pigglety Pop! and “touchingly incarnated Jennie, Sendak’s beloved terrier.” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker)
Other roles she has performed include Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, and Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti – a role she “sang with considerable nuance and communicative weight.” (Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun) In 2010, Kate premiered the role of Margaret in Piecing It Apart by Paul Matthews and the role of Wise Waning in Lux et Tenebrae by Douglas Buchanan for The Figaro Project’s production of Contemporary Opera Trio.
In concert, Ms. Jackman has performed solos from Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christen, atzet diesen Tag over internationally televised programming with The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., and has performed as Narrator in Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with the Lunar Ensemble. In competition, Kate won third place in the Marie E. Crumb Vocal Competition, 2010, third place in the Kennett Square Vocal Competition in 2011, and was selected as a winner for the DC Vocal Arts Society Young Artist Competition, 2011.
In 2012, Kate made her recital debut at the Kennedy Center in the 2012 Vocal Arts Society Discovery Recital Series, and at The Scandinavia House in New York City. She also attended the Tanglewood Music Festival, where she performed works by Messiaen, Debussy, and Shostakovich in Seiji Ozawa Hall.
This season, Kate will perform the roles of Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with Maryland Concert Opera, The Marquise in Donizetti’s La fille du regiment with Maryland Concert Opera, Evelyn Lincoln in the premiere of Joshua Bornfield’s Camelot Requiem with The Figaro Project, and Lucretia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with the HexaCollective. She will also sing with the Baltimore Philharmonia Orchestra in their performance of Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo.
Ms. Jackman holds a Master of Music Degree from the Peabody Institute and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of North Texas (cum laude).