Praised by The New York Times as “a moving performer,” mezzo-soprano Jacquelyn Matava is currently finishing her doctoral studies in voice at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University where she studies with Mary Ann Hart. A native of Farmington, CT, she received her B.A. cum laude from Vassar College with majors in both music and economics, and her M.M. from the JSoM.
Ms. Matava was a 2011 and 2012 vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where she collaborated with Dawn Upshaw and Stephanie Blythe. In the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions she won the New Orleans district and was a finalist in the Gulf Coast Regional.
This upcoming October Ms. Matava will sing the role of Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther with IU Opera Theater. Other credits with IU Opera Theater include the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Nancy in Britten’s Albert Herring, Marthe in Gounod’s Faust, and Cecilia March in Adamo’s Little Women.
An avid performer of choral repertoire, Ms. Matava has been heard as a soloist in performances of Duruflé’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah¸ Mozart’s Requiem, and most recently Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Bloomington Chamber Singers. She will be seen during the 2013 Summer Music Festival at the Jacobs School of Music as a soloist in Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor and Second Witch in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.