A native of Detroit, American soprano Jacqueline Echols is in her second season of WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. Last season at WNO she appeared as the First Lady in WNO's new production of The Magic Flute, covered the role of Pip in Moby-Dick, starred as the Unicorn in the world premiere of The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me, and appeared in Breaking, part of the American Opera Initiative. She also appeared as Musetta in North Carolina Opera's La bohème. Other recent appearances include Giulietta in King for a Day (The Glimmerglass Festival), Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, First Lady in The Magic Flute, and Clara in Porgy and Bess (all with Cincinnati Opera). She has also sung the role of Micaela in Carmen with Eugene Opera. She has appeared with New York Harlem Productions as both Clara and Bess in Porgy and Bess and was featured in a documentary Porgy and Me, which premiered in Germany in January 2010. In 2012 she was a second prize winner at the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition. She completed her master's degree and artist diploma at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Upcoming performances include Echo in Ariadne in Naxos with The Glimmerglass Festival (where will also be covering Julie Jordan in Carousel), Musetta in the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Performance of WNO's La bohème and Clorinda in WNO's Cinderella, and her role debut as Violetta in La traviata at North Carolina Opera.
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