British-Canadian soprano Jessica Muirhead has been described as “a star waiting to happen” and a “multihued soprano with floating top notes.”
After completing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at McGill University under the tutelage of Mrs. Lucile Villeneuve Evans, Muirhead was immediately launched into a solo career on concert and opera stages across Europe and North America.
Since making her professional debut at the age of 24 as Pamina at the Vienna Volksoper, her career highlights include performing Musetta in La Bohème at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich alongside star singers Anna Netrebko and Joseph Calleja; Marguerite in “Faust” and Mimi in “La Bohème” at the Semperoper Dresden; Alice in “Falstaff” with Glyndebourne on Tour in England; Vreli in “A Village Romeo and Juliet” with Wexford Festival Opera; Contessa Almaviva in “Le Nozze di Figaro” at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlo in Lisbon; and Contessa Almaviva, Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni” and “Micaëla” in Carmen — all at the Canadian Opera Company in her hometown Toronto.
She won several competitions in Canada before competing at the international level, where her most recent successes include a George London Award by the George London Foundation Competition in New York, Grand Prize at the Concours de Chant in Toulouse and 2nd prize at the Francesco Viñas International Singing Competition in Barcelona, where she was also given the coveted Audience Favorite award.
Jessica has since August 2015 been engaged as a soloist at the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen, where she has revisited many of her favorite roles. During this time she has continued to keep up a busy international schedule, which included her Japanese debut as Agathe in Der Freischütz in summer 2018.
In early 2020, she made her Deutsche Oper am Rhein debut as Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni,” and was invited back to the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe as Marguerite in “Faust.”