Jessica Taylor made her Couch Opera Live Debut in the Premiere.
Jessica is an emerging Australian soprano whose performances have been described as “truly thrilling… [displaying] excellent acting ability” (Noted), “a luminous presence and musical voice” (Seesaw Magazine), and an “engaging portrayal revealing raw emotion and authenticity...keeping the audience engrossed” (CutCommon). She has completed a Graduate Diploma in Music at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), a Graduate Certificate in Music Performance at Queensland Conservatorium of Music and a Bachelor of Music at The University of Queensland.
Across the course of her studies, Jessica has won several awards, including the Margaret Nickson Prize for Art Song (UQ), the Griffith University Vocal Championship (Music Teacher’s Association of Queensland), the Great Romantics Kantor Encouragement Award (Melbourne Recital Centre), and the Royal Overseas League Art Song Prize (WAAPA). In 2019 she won the Beatrice Webster Award for the Pursuit of Excellence at the New Zealand Singing School, and co-founded Persephone Productions, producing and performing the title role in Holst's Sāvitri for Perth Fringe Festival. Other recent performance highlights include the title role in Cendrillon for WAAPA, as well as performing in a Gilbert and Sullivan revue directed by Stuart Maunder, Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia for ICW Productions, and the title role in Suor Angelica for the Sound Thinking Summer School.
Jessica enjoys a diverse professional life, working as a librettist, chorister, educator, and freelance producer. She is the Secretary and Communications Manager for The Giovanni Consort, and is the Communications Manager for Harmonia Australis.
In isolation she has been living her best cottagecore life, developing a keen interest in knitting, baking, yoga, and waiting for her plants to grow new leaves. She has also been completing her Bachelor of Arts in Writing and English Literature.