Jacquelyn Stucker, soprano
Hailed by The Boston Globe as “glowing,” “incandescent,” and “a singing actress to be reckoned with,” American soprano Jacquelyn Stucker is being recognized internationally as a versatile singer of new and interesting repertoire ranging from concert works to opera to contemporary music.
Praised for her “dark-tinged soprano with a dusky lower register,” Jacquelyn will begin a two-year engagement this autumn with the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden as a Jette Parker Young Artist. Highlights of Jacquelyn’s 2016/2017 season include the soprano solos in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Maestro John Nelson and the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, Beethoven’s “Ah, perfido!” with Grand Harmonie, the soprano solos in works by Graupner and Bach with the Handel and Haydn Society and Maestro Ian Watson, the roles of Gabriel and Eve in Die Schöpfung with the Back Bay Chorale and Maestro Scott Allen Jarrett, the soprano solos in Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with Maestro Andrew Clark and Harvard Collegium, the role of Francesca in The Bridges of Madison County with The Company Theater, and her Santa Fe Opera principal artist debut as Oberto in Alcina with Maestro Harry Bicket. Also at the Santa Fe Opera in 2017, Jacquelyn will cover the role of Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. In addition to singing in the premiere performance of James Kallembach’s sacred cantata The Most Sacred Body of Jesus, Jacquelyn will be the soprano soloist for a commercial recording of the work, scheduled for release in the autumn of 2017. In addition to frequently performing as a soloist throughout the season with the Handel and Haydn Society, Jacquelyn is featured as this season’s soprano in the Society’s Educational Outreach Quartet. She is also the recipient of the 2016 Anna Case MacKay Career Advancement Grant from the Santa Fe Opera, and she was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
2015/2016 performances included solo cantata BWV 199 at Boston’s King’s Chapel, the soprano solos in the Poulenc Stabat Mater and St. Matthew Passion with Mo. Scott Allen Jarrett, Schubert’s “Der Hirt auf dem Felsen” in Jordan Hall with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, a role debut as Bystrouška in Příhody Ilšky Bystroušky, and a gala performance with North Carolina Opera as Ada in selections from Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain. Jacquelyn was also recently named the 2015 Ruth Freehof Award winner, as well as a finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council’s New England Region auditions, and she originated the role of Meridian in the premiere of Joe Illick and Andrea Fellows Walter’s UnShakeable with the Santa Fe Opera. In the summer of 2015 at the Santa Fe Opera, Jacquelyn covered American soprano Ailyn Pérez as Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, as well as the Italian Singer in Strauss’s Capriccio.
Highlights from her 2014/2015 season include performances of Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte with Mo. Stephen Lord, the eponymous role in Handel’s Theodora, and Elle in La Voix Humaine in conjunction with The Knight Foundation. Under the baton of Mo. Jarrett, Jacquelyn performed as the Soprano II soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with Boston’s Back Bay Chorale and made her solo debut with the Handel and Haydn Society as the soprano soloist in Bach’s Weihnachts Oratorium IV. Jacquelyn spent the summer of 2015 as a member of the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Artist Program, where she covered Isabel Leonard as Ada in the world premiere of Cold Mountain. An enthusiastic performer of oratorio, chamber, and concert repertoire, Jacquelyn is the Docia Goodwin Franklin Third Place Award winner of the 2015 Lyndon Woodside New York Oratorio Society Competition, and she performed Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Ligeti’s Aventures in Boston’s Jordan Hall with John Heiss conducting.
Noted as a “potentially major talent,” other representative operatic credits include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Marie in selected scenes from Wozzeck. The 2013/2014 season saw Jacquelyn in role debuts as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Mo. Lord, and Merab in Handel’s Saul with Mo. Jarrett. In the 2012/2013 season, Jacquelyn created the role of Irina in the world premiere of Elena Langer’s comic opera Four Sisters and participated in I SING BEIJING as a young artist, performing selections from “白毛女,” an opera by Chinese composer 严金萱. Jacquelyn also performed the soprano solos in Elias with the American Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mo. Leon Botstein.