Canadian soprano Jacqueline Woodley is a recent alumnus of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble, where she was heard on stage this past season as the Page in Christopher Alden’s Rigoletto and First Priestess in Robert Carson’s Iphigénie en Tauride alongside Susan Graham and Russell Braun.
After her success as the “deliciously sexy” Papagena last year in the Ensemble production of Diane Paulus’ Die Zauberflöte, she sang Iris this May in Semele. In past seasons at the COC she was heard under Maestro Steuart Bedford in Death in Venice, covered the roles of Olympia and Stella in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos and Amore in Orfeo ed Euridice and sang Lucy in The Telephone for the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Free Concert Series. Jacqueline has been featured frequently in the Free Concert Series, most notably in “Tenebrae” by Golijov, where she appeared with the Tokai Quartet, Clarinet and dancers and in her recent solo "Les Adieux" recital with pianist Rachel Andrist.
Last summer, Ms Woodley sang the world premiere of Ana Sokolovic’s opera Svadba-Wedding, commissioned and produced by the Toronto-based contemporary company Queen of Puddings Music Theatre. She sang the role of Milice, the bride, to rave reviews. Other recent operatic highlights include singing Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Lisette in La Rondine, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Serpina in La serva padrona, Despina in Cosí fan tutte and Belinda and Second Woman in Dido and Aeneas.
Possessing a strong affinity for oratorio and concert work, Jacqueline has performed Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio and Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem. She recently gave a concert with renowned counter-tenor Daniel Taylor, a program of duets and arias in the Music at Sharon series. She has also toured with Mr. Taylor as part of the Conseil des arts de Montréal series in a 2008 program called “Lie Down Poor Heart”. Jacqueline has sung for the Brott Music Festival, including “La Dolce Vita: Italian Opera Favourites” alongside John Fanning, and in a solo concert recital. She is also becoming known for her interest in contemporary music, which started with her debut with the Queen of Puddings Music Theatre in their concert of Pärt’s Stabat Mater (vocal and string trios) and works by Tavener and Kancheli. She has received much praise for her recent concerts at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Free Concert Series of music of Judith Weir and Kaija Saariaho, singing a cappella, in chamber ensembles and with electronics.
Ms Woodley holds her master’s in opera from McGill University and trained for three years with the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv and Montreal. She has studied with Wendy Nielsen, Marlena Malas, Elizabeth Koch and Joanne Kolomyjec and worked with various coaches including Liz Upchurch, Michael McMahon, Daniel Taylor, Patrick Hansen, Rachel Andrist and Joan Dornemann.
She is a winner of the Ottawa Choral Society's New Discoveries Auditions 2012, is recipient of the David and Ann Award at the Canadian Opera Company and also holds her A.R.T.C. diploma in piano performance. Upcoming commitments include a Western Canada tour and the European debut and tour of Svadba-Wedding.
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Albert Herring (Miss Wordsworth)
Death in Venice (Lace Seller)
Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena)
Isis and the Seven Scorpions (Isis)
Iphigénie en Tauride (Première Prêtresse)
Orfeo ed Euridice (Amore -Cover)
The Telephone (Lucy)
Così fan tutte (Despina)
Die Zauberflöte (Pamina, Papagena)
La vie parisienne (Claire)
Les contes d’Hoffmann (Antonia, Olympia -Cover)
La serva padrona (Serpina)
La Rondine (Lisette)
Dido and Aeneas (Belinda, Second Woman)
Svadba -Wedding (World Premiere) (Milice-Bride)
Ariadne auf Naxos (Najade -Cover)
Rigoletto (Gilda -Role Study, Page)
St. John Passion
Mass in b minor (Excerpts)
Vesperae confessore di solennes
Dona Nobis Pacem