JESSICA ROSE CAMBIO - Soprano
Italian-American soprano JESSICA ROSE CAMBIO is thrilling audiences and critics alike with her "grandly expressive soprano" (The Guardian, London), her "ripe, vivacious, affecting soprano and entirely disarming presence" (The London Times), and her "expressive, velvety smooth voice that leaves no dark corner of the theater untouched" (The Arbuturian, London).
Upcoming engagements include a reprise in her signature role of Mimì in La Bohème with the Dresden Semperoper in Germany and both Sarasota Opera and Knoxville Opera in America. Last summer she reprised the role of Violetta in La Traviata with Opera På Skäret in Sweden and will revisit the role in a new production at West Green House Opera in Hampshire, UK this July. One of 20 semi-finalists chosen nationwide, this Spring she will make her way to Dallas Opera to participate in their prestigious vocal competition well as an appearance in the Grand Finals Concert of the Loren Zachary Society for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles before returning to New York to cover the title role in Donizetti's Parisina d'Este with the Opera Orchestra of New York. She was also recently a featured solo artist on several concerts with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and in Lincoln Center with Eve Queler and Friends presented by OONY and she was awarded a performance grant from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust in New York.
Her 2013-2014 engagements included a triumphant UK debut as Mimì in the Francesca Zambello production of La Bohème at the Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as both Mimì and Donna Elvira in a tour of La Bohème and Don Giovanni in Europe and Asia, and Beatriz in Catán's La Hija de Rappaccini with Gotham Chamber Opera. Other notable performances included concerts with the London Concert Orchestra at Barbican Hall, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Maserati in China and Italy, and with the Luciano Pavarotti and Licia Albanese Puccini Foundations.
In the 2011-2012 season, Cambio premiered the roles of Violetta in La Traviata in New Jersey and Mimì in Tel Aviv. During her time with the Mannes Opera, she debuted the role of Alice Ford in Falstaff under the baton of Maestro Joseph Colaneri of the Metropolitan Opera. In 2009 she made her European debut as Mimì with the Associazione Lirica e Concertistica Italiana (As.Li.Co.) in the theaters of Como, Brescia, Pavia, and Cremona and sang Violetta in Michigan, and both Magda in La Rondine and Violetta in Tel Aviv. She was also a featured artist on New York's #1 Classical Radio Station, WQXR.
Equally at home in the Belcanto repertoire as she is in Verismo, Cambio made her operatic debut in 2007 in New Jersey singing the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, a role she later reprised in 2009 as a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. During her time there, she also covered the title role in Anna Bolena and Monica in Respighi's La Fiamma. She sang Adina in L’elisir d’amore in concert form at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy and was a finalist in the Fondazione Arena di Verona for the title role in Maria Stuarda.
A seasoned concertist sought worldwide, she has performed throughout Italy at the homes of Giuseppe Verdi and Luciano Pavarotti and in honor of Mirella Freni; with the Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, the Fondazione Orchestra Festival Puccini Torre del Lago, in Helsinki for the Finnish-Italian Association, in Moscow at the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre, in honor of the 70th Birthday of mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic at Shostakovich Grand Hall, in honor of the United Nations at Carnegie Hall, at Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center, with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv, and with Eve Queler and Friends in New York. At IVAI Virginia she sang Strauss' Four Last Songs and Respighi's Il Tramonto, and she made her oratorio debut as the soprano soloist in Bach's Magnificat at the Duomo di Modena.
Cambio has won numerous prizes and grants in vocal competitions worldwide from various prestigious organizations such as the Richard Tucker, George London, Gerda Lissner, Licia Albanese Puccini, Giulio Gari, Leiderkranz, and Georg Solti Foundations; As.Li.Co. in Como, Marie Kraja in Tirana, Leyla Gencer in Istanbul, the Loren Zachary Society, and Opera Index. She was a finalist in the Voci Verdiane and the Juliàn Gayarré in Pamplona, as well as a semi-finalist in Operalia, the Viñas in Barcelona, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
In her native Providence, Cambio completed her Bachelor of Music at Rhode Island College. She holds a Master of Music from the University of Southern California, where she made her professional debut in 2005 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall singing Mimì in La Bohème. She spent many years in Italy as a student of sopranos Renata Scotto and Mirella Freni and currently makes her home in New York City as a student of Diana Soviero.