"...a ravishing soprano with a sweet vocal quality"
Lauded as an “expressive, rich soprano who performs with heart-rending passion” and as having a “honey-colored tone” from Opera News, soprano Jessica Beebe is steadily gaining international attention as an affecting interpreter of repertoire spanning over four centuries, ranging from Renaissance music to contemporary American opera. In recent seasons, she has appeared in concert with The New York City Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, The Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Hall, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Raymond Leppard; The Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra; the Princeton Festival Orchestra; The English Concert under Harry Bicket, Bourbon Baroque, Piffaro The Renaissance Wind Band; The Folger Consort; the Delaware Symphony Orchestra; the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and several other ensembles.
Ms. Beebe's solo concert repertoire includes Monteverdi's Vespro della beata vergine; Vivaldi's In furore iustissimae iræ; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater; J. S. Bach's Mass in B minor, St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, and a wide range of cantatas; Handel's Messiah, Dixit Dominus, Samson, Jepthe, and Judas Maccabaeus; Mozart's Mass in C minor, Krönungsmesse, and Requiem; Haydn's Die Schöpfung, The Seasons, and Harmoniemesse; Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem; Fauré's Requiem; Delius' Requiem; and Orff's Carmina Burana. She has also performed late 20th & 21st-century works such as Andrea Clearfield's Alleluia; Donald McCullough's Song of the Shulamite; John Rutter's Mass for the Children; and Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light.
In the realm of opera, Ms. Beebe has performed the roles of Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro (the role of her 2015 debut with the Princeton Festival), Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Despina in Così fan tutte; Gluck's Euridice and Humperdinck's Gretel; 20th-century roles such as the First Niece in Peter Grimes and the First Daughter in Akhnaten, and in 17th-century repertoire, the commanding roles of La Gloire in Lully's Alceste and Purcell's Dido. Highlights of her operatic activity including covering the role of Lila in the 2016 East Coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain, and joining Norway's Bergen National Opera to cover the role of the Angel in Netia Jones' hi-tech staged production of Messiah. In 2017, she helped to create the role of Luna in the world premiere of David Hertzberg's The Wake World with Opera Philadelphia and in 2018 she covered Winnie in Lembit Beecher's Sky on Swings. Most recently, Ms. Beebe debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the west coast debut of Meredith Monk's opera, Atlas.
Ms. Beebe is a member of GRAMMY winning ensemble The Crossing, GRAMMY nominated ensemble Clarion Society, Variant Six, Trio Eos and Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia.
A native of Philadelphia, Jessica Beebe earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Delaware, her Master of Music in Early Music from Indiana University, and a Performance Certificate from London's Royal College of Music.