British-Canadian soprano, Jessica Muirhead, is becoming widely recognised on both the opera and concert stages across Europe and North America as a “multihued soprano with floating top notes” (The New York Times). She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music at McGill University, under the tutelage of Lucile Villeneuve Evans, and joined the Ensemble Studio at the Canadian Opera Company in 2005. Soon thereafter she was launched into an international career, receiving her first engagements at the Volksoper Vienna, Klagenfurt Stadttheater and the Graz opera houses in Vienna.
Recently, Jessica received a George London Award at the George London Foundation competition in New York City, following a grand prize win at the Concours de Chant in Toulouse, and 2nd prize as well as the coveted Audience Favourite award in the Francesc Viñas International Singing Competition in Barcelona. Jessica is also a past grand prize winner of the Elora Festival Competition, Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques, and National Music Festival Competitions in Canada, to name a few.
Career highlights have included singing Musetta in La Bohème at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Marguerite in Faust and Mimi in La Bohème at the Semperoper Dresden, The Governess in Turn of the Screw and Alice in Falstaff with Glyndebourne on Tour in England, Contessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlo in Lisbon, and Contessa Almaviva, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Micaëla in Carmen all at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. She appeared to critical acclaim as the title rôle in A Village Romeo and Juliet at Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland, and as Violetta in La Traviata at Dorset Festival Opera in England with Sir Jonathan Miller directing.
Also active as a concert soloist, Jessica has appeared with the Washington Chorus, Hamburger Symphoniker, Bayerischer Rundfunkorchester, and l’Orchestre Chambre de Genève, among others, in diverse repertoire including Bach’s Magnificat, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Berg’s Sieben Frühe Lieder and Britten’s and Verdi’s Requiems. Jessica is looking forward to a return to Vienna and upcoming débuts in Edmonton and Cardiff.