Australian Soprano Jessica Dean is a Masters graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she studied with Lillian Watson. At the RAM, she was awarded the Kohn foundation scholarship as a soloist for the inaugural Royal Academy’s Bach Cantata concert series.
Having now returned to Adelaide with her young family, Jessica has spent the last ten years in Sydney as a soprano with Opera Australia, appearing regularly with the OA chorus. For the company she performed Barbarina (The Marriage of Figaro), Papagena (The Magic Flute) and toured the country as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) on Opera Australia’s regional tour.
For State Opera of South Australia, she has performed Marzelline in Fidelio for which she received a Helpmann nomination; Beth in the Australian premiere of Mark Adamo’s Little Women; Yum-Yum (The Mikado) and Dew-Fairy (Hansel and Gretel). For SOSA’s studio program, roles include Tiresias (Les mamelles de Tirésias), Fräulein Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor), and Laurette in Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle. Roles performed at the Academy include Calisto (Cavalli’s La Calisto), Barbarina (with Sir Colin Davis), Cupid/Venus (Purcell’s King Arthur with Laurence Cummings) and Le Feu (L’enfant et les sortilèges). Jessica has performed as a concert soloist throughout the UK, in Zagreb and with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Her Australian and UK awards include the EMR Overseas Scholarship, The Dame Ruby Litchfield Scholarship, The John Lewis Award and The Jennifer Vyvyan Award.