Called “winningly wily and dauntless” by Boston Classical Review, American mezzo-soprano Kate Jackman is a multifaceted musician and actress who excels in a variety of musical expression.
On stage, Kate performed the lead role in Oliver Knussen’s Higglety Pigglety Pop! at the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music and “touchingly incarnated Jennie” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker). Other recent roles include Bradamante in Fargo-Moorhead Opera’s 2018 production of Alcina, Giovanna in Charlottesville Opera’s 2017 production of Rigoletto, the title role in Carmen with Maryland Concert Opera, The Beggar Woman in Baltimore Concert Opera’s Sweeney Todd, and Bloody Mary in Annapolis Opera’s 2016 production of South Pacific, a role she “performed well physically… with a sly grin heralding a lovely voice.” (Maryland Theater Guide)
As a winner of the DC Vocal Arts competition, Kate made her Kennedy Center recital debut in 2012. She has since performed at Carnegie Hall in Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues series, at Seiji Ozawa Hall as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and in the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar.
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 in Washington, D.C., Other concert credits include Narrator in Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with the Lunar Ensemble, and Alto Soloist in both Beethoven’s Mass in C Major and Vivaldi’s Gloria with Maryland Choral Society.
This season, Kate will return to Baltimore Concert Opera to perform Beppe in L’amico Fritz. She will also perform the Mercedes in Annapolis Opera’s Carmen, Mistress Quickly in The International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia (Mexico) production of Falstaff, and will be featured as the alto soloist at the Kennedy Center’s Messiah.