Canadian soprano Jacqueline Woodley has been praised for her fearless versatility: changing styles fluidly from early music to contemporary, art song to opera. She is sought after as an interpreter of modern compositions, most notably known for creating the role of Milice-bride in the premiere and subsequent Canadian and European tours of Ana Sokolovic’s opera Svadba-Wedding. The reviews of this production by Queen of Puddings Music Theatre across Canada, France, Ireland and Serbia, have been unanimously glowing. This fall brought the very successful American premiere of the work with Philadelphia Opera and marked Jacqueline’s American début.
A recent alumnus of the Canadian Opera Company Studio Ensemble (2010-2012), she was heard on stage as the Page in Christopher Alden’s Rigoletto, First Priestess in Robert Carson’s Iphigénie en Tauride and under Maestro Steuart Bedford in Death in Venice. Jacqueline covered the roles of Olympia and Stella in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos and Amore in Orfeo ed Euridice. After her success as the “deliciously sexy” Papagena in the 2011 Ensemble production of Diane Paulus’ Die Zauberflöte, she sang Iris (Semele) in May 2012 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.
This winter, she will be portraying Adele for Edmonton Opera’s Die Fledermaus and debuting a staged Messiah with Against the Grain Theatre.
Possessing a strong affinity for concert work, Jacqueline has recently performed Mahler’s Symphony no. 8, Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Fauré’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem and Kurtág’s Kafka-Fragmente for companies such as the National Arts Centre, Brott Music Festival and Against the Grain Theatre. She has appeared at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and Music at Sharon (in a program of duets and arias with Daniel Taylor). She also toured with Mr. Taylor as part of the Conseil des arts de Montréal series in a 2008 program called “Lie Down Poor Heart”.
Contemporary music has taken an important place in her performances, singing a cappella, in chamber ensembles and with electronics. She has recently sung Pärt’s Stabat Mater, works by Tavener and Kancheli, Ana Sokolovic and received much praise for her concerts at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Free Concert Series of music of Judith Weir and Kaija Saariaho, a concert which was presented by Ms. Saariaho herself and which was re-mounted last February in Washington D.C. This past March she sang Kurtág's Kafka-Fragmente with violinist Kerry DuWors in a semi-staged production by Against the Grain.
Jacqueline is a winner of the Prix Anisia Campos et Rémus Tzincoca (Prix d’Europe 2013) for best aria, Ottawa Choral Society’s New Discovery Auditions 2012, the David and Ann Award at the COC. 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.
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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)
Acis and Galatea (Galatea)
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)
Die Fledermaus (Adele)
Rigoletto (Gilda -Role Study, Page)
St. John Passion
Mass in b minor (excerpts)
Cantate pour une joie (excerpts)
Vesperae confessore di solennes
Dona Nobis Pacem
Machet die Tore weit