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 spent 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.
Jessica has performed as a concert soloist throughout the UK, including Purcell’s King Arthur with Laurence Cummings, Mozart Requiem at St Martin-in-the-Fields, and Bach’s Magnificat. Recent concerts of early music include ‘Handel’s London’ and ‘Solace & Joy’ for Adelaide Baroque; and for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra she has appeared as soprano soloist in Haydn’s Berenice, che fai? Classics Unwrapped, Gorecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs and Carmina Burana. Also with the ASO, she sang the Mother in Tippett’s A Child of our Time for the 2021 Adelaide Festival.
For State Opera South Australia, she has performed Belle Bonner in Richard Meale’s Voss, and recently completed a national tour of Angela in Graham Koehne’s Love Burns; Marzelline in Fidelio for which she received a Helpmann nomination; Beth in the Australian premiere of Mark Adamo’s Little Women; Yum-Yum in The Mikado and Dew-Fairy in Hansel and Gretel.
Her Australian and UK awards include the EMR Overseas Scholarship, The Dame Ruby Litchfield Scholarship, The John Lewis Award and The Jennifer Vyvyan Award.