A native of Detroit, American soprano Jacqueline Echols is in her first year of WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. In January 2014 she will appear as Musetta in Opera North Carolina's La Bohème. She most recently appeared with the Glimmerglass Festival as Giulietta in King for a Day and with Cincinnati Opera as Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, First Lady in The Magic Flute, and Clara in Porgy and Bess. 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 (CCM). While at CCM, she appeared in mainstage opera productions as the Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Anne Truelove in The Rake's Progress, and Pamina in The Magic Flute.