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Kate Jackman



Biography

Called “winningly wily and dauntless” by Boston Classical Review, American mezzo-soprano
Kate Jackman is a multifaceted musician and actress who excels in a variety of musical
expression.

On stage, Kate performed the lead role in Oliver Knussen’s Higglety Pigglety Pop ! at the
Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music and “touchingly incarnated Jennie” (Alex Ross,
The New Yorker ). Other recent roles include Bradamante in Fargo-Moorhead Opera’s 2018
production of Alcina , Giovanna in Charlottesville Opera’s 2017 production of Rigoletto , the title
role in Carmen with Maryland Concert Opera, The Beggar Woman in Baltimore Concert Opera’s
Sweeney Todd , and Bloody Mary in Annapolis Opera’s 2016 production of South Pacific , a role
she “performed well physically… with a sly grin heralding a lovely voice.” ( Maryland Theater
Guide )

As a winner of the DC Vocal Arts competition, Kate made her Kennedy Center recital debut in
2012. She has since performed at Carnegie Hall in Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues series,
at Seiji Ozawa Hall as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and in the Fall Island Vocal Arts
Seminar.

In concert, Ms. Jackman has performed solos from Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christen, atzet
diesen Tag over internationally televised programming with The Basilica of the National Shrine
in Washington, D.C., Other concert credits include Narrator in Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat
with the Lunar Ensemble, and Alto Soloist in both Beethoven’s Mass in C Major and Vivaldi’s
Gloria with Maryland Choral Society.

This season, Kate will return to Baltimore Concert Opera to perform Beppe in L’amico Fritz. She
will also perform Mercedes in Annapolis Opera’s Carmen , Dame Quickly in Morelia Festival’s
Falstaff , the alto solos at the Kennedy Center’s Messiah Sing Along , and the mezzo-soprano
solos in Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio with the Easton Choral Arts Society .

Upcoming Performances

Video 12/23/2018: Messiah Sing-Along

Be part of Washington’s most popular free holiday event, the Kennedy Center’s Messiah Sing-Along. Back by popular demand, the evening concert features conductor Nancia D’Alimonte as she leads members of the Opera House Orchestra, guest soloists, a chorus of 200, and a very enthusiastic audience in Handel’s masterpiece. A family and community tradition since 1971!

Handel's Messiah - Novello Edition will be available for purchase at the Kennedy Center starting a week before the performance. 

Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of Nations starting at approximately 4:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

Dec 23 - Kate Jackman