Australian vocalist Jessica Aszodi is a performer of notated and improvised music, a researcher, teacher, curator and producer of music that challenges the status quo. In her genre bounding career Jessica has premiered dozens of new pieces of notated music, performed works that have lain dormant for centuries, sung roles from the standard operatic repertoire and collaborated with a constellation of artists from the far reaches of the musical palate.
Jessica has performed with ensembles as diverse as ICE, the Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Pinchgut Opera, Victorian Opera, Sydney Chamber Opera, in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella series, with Bang on a Can and Wild Up, and in the chamber series of the San Diego and Chicago Symphony Orchestras.
She has been a soloist on recording for Chandos, Ars Publica, Hospital Hill and Cajid and has sung in festivals around Australia and the world, including the Vivid Sydney and the Melbourne Festivals, Aldeburgh Festival (UK) and Tanglewood Festival (USA).
Jessica is an alunna of Victorian Opera's Young Artist Progam and has performed a diverse range of roles for that company, from Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Sesto (Guilio Cesare) to Popova (Walton's The Bear) and Rose (Elliot Carter's What Next?). She sings lyric soprano and mezzo roles in equal measure. Aszodi has degrees from the University of California and the Victorian College of the Arts where she was taught by Anna Connolly. Jessica has twice been nominated for Greenroom awards as ‘best female operatic performer’ in both the leading and supporting categories.
Jessica is in the final stages of a doctorate degree at the Queensland Conservatorium (Griffith University). She is the co-director, with Jane Sheldon, of the vocal festival Resonant Bodies Australia and an artistic associate and vocal curator of BIFEM (the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music).
“Jessica Aszodi’s portrayal of Rose was nothing short of extraordinary…. Aszodi specializes in adventurous music and this role suits her down to the ground; her vocal range, musicality and theatrical daring furnished Rose and the performance as a whole with an electrifying energy.” Heather Leviston – Arts Hub (August 2012)
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